Natural substitutes for sugar
There are many ways in which foods can be sweetened without adding sugar, the white poison that is the most controversial ingredient in the modern diet because it is associated with many serious diseases including obesity, heart, diabetes and cancer.
According to the report, “stevia” sugar can be used instead of sugar because it is naturally local and is extracted from the leaves of a South American tree scientifically known as “Stevia Ribodia” and this plant product can be extracted from one of two compounds, stevioside and ribioside. It is characterized by the fact that it contains no calories, as well as being up to 350 times sweeter than sugar but it tastes a little different from it. The report also stated that “xylitol” sugar extracted from corn or birch wood and characterized by sweetness similar to those found in sugar, which is also found in many fruits and vegetables, and contains 2.4 calories per gram, which represents 40% fewer calories than sugar. In addition to erythritol sugar, which is one of the most prominent healthy sugar alternatives to 0.24 calories per gram, or 6% of the calories of regular sugar. It does not raise blood sugar levels, insulin, cholesterol or triglycerides, according to research recorded by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and tastes exactly the same as sugar.
The report stated that it is possible to use the “monk fruit sweetener”, a small round fruit grown in South-East Asia, which contains no calories and is 100-250 times sweeter than sugar, and contains natural sugars such as fructose and glucose. In addition to coconut sugar and coconut palm juice, which contains a few nutrients including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. Its insulin content is higher than added sugar, which means it contributes to slowing digestion and increasing the feeling of fullness. Don’t forget “honey bees”, which is one of the most prominent alternatives to sugar because it contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals, and also contains an abundance of beneficial antioxidants that help prevent diabetes, infections, heart disease and cancer. It contains fructose, which can contribute to a large number of health problems, so it should not be over-eaten either, and finally “molasses sugar”, made from boiling sugar cane or sugar beet juice, a sweet brown liquid with a dense drink-like texture that contains a number of vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium beneficial to bone and heart health, in addition to many antioxidants.