My Approved Sweetners

Alternative Sweetners

Stevia – This herb is about 300 times sweeter than sugar, but completely sugar-free! Stevita brand stevia is my favorite. It doesn’t have an odd flavor or bitter aftertaste. Many powdered stevias are mixed with highly processed bulking agents, such as Dextrose, which is a form of sugar, and they still have a bitter aftertaste. So if you think you’re not a fan of stevia, give it another try! The right brand, does make all the difference.

Honey – What a power food! The benefits of Honey are far reaching. It is a great Immune Booster. It was wonderful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal effects, and is a terrific natural sweeteners. Personally, I like to use Raw Honey in my recipes. Raw honey has not been heated, pasteurized, or processed in any way and maintains all it’s natural nutrients.

Coconut Sugar – This is one of my favorite sweeteners as it is unprocessed and all natural. It comes from the sap of blossoms of the coconut tree. The flavor is almost “fudge-like”. It’s rich in essential vitamins & minerals, and provides plenty of sustained energy.

Xylitol – Xylitol is not a sugar at all, but a sugar alcohol. It actually has some beneficial effects on the metabolism, which is ideal for those of us who are watching their waistelines! Another benefit is on dental health. It actually prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth, and wards off tooth decay. There have also been studies done showing that consuming xylitol can prevent ear infections, and when used in a spray, can clear nasal passages! A word of caution however…start slow! Since xylitol is a sugar alcohol the body processes it differently than regular sugar… meaning it can cause stomach discomfort. The key is to slowly integrate it into your diet and build up a tolerance. But just like sugar- moderation is key!

Agave Nectar – While it’s sweeter than sugar, Agave Nectar has a much lower glycemic index making this a good alternative for diabetics. You need to use less of it than sugar, and just like xylitol, use it in moderation.