How Safe Are Natural Sweeteners?
As more and more people are concerned about the issue of nutrition, it is expected for the market to be flooded with healthy food products. When it comes to sugar, there are many options for everyone. Artificial and natural sweeteners have entered our lives and tend to replace the daily use of sugar. However, how many of these options are beneficial for the body? Can a product provide the same sweetness as sugar and at the same time be completely guilt free of calories and nutritional value?
The truth is that primarily the amount of natural sweeteners we consume daily plays an important role. Excessive consumption has nothing good to offer to anyone so you have to try to reduce the amount of sugar or any natural sweetener you use during the day. Beyond that, of course natural sweeteners are a healthier choice for someone trying to control their weight and to eat properly.
Among the natural sweeteners that the general public prefers the most is the coconut sugar. It is produced by the flower of coconut and one teaspoon contains only about 15 calories. Along with these calories (within the moderate consumption of coconut sugar), you will also boost your body with magnesium, vitamin B, iron and amino acids. The flavor is similar to conventional sugar, while leaving a light caramel aftertaste in the mouth. You can use it safely in coffee, sweets or even on the popcorn that you prepare at home.
Stevia is also an alternative for those looking to replace sugar. It is produced from the Stevia plant and is approximately 200 times sweeter as a substance compared to the conventional sugar. It doesn’t contain any calories and has a characteristic flavor. Some observe a bitter taste in the mouth after Stevia consumption. Although scientific research is still limited, the truth is that people suffering from type 2 diabetes have benefited from its consumption. By moderate consumption it may prove to be a useful alternative and manage to reduce the desire for sweets in the long term. It is a healthy alternative to sweetness, but you have to pay attention to the production and processing procedures. Even the most innocent plant or herb (such as stevia) can be processed in an unhealthy way!
Honey also has fanatical advocates, and opponents. The truth is that honey contains plenty of natural sugar, so when it comes to calories there is not much difference when compared to conventional sugar. However, our body needs more energy to metabolize honey. This means that honey benefits our body the most. Also, honey contains traces of nutrients not found in sugar such as dietary fiber (yes, you read right) and many trace minerals. For example, honey will provide you with small quantities of iron, selenium, antioxidant vitamins and other nutrients (depending on the food consumed by the bees in the honey production area).
Certainly in the market you will find plenty of options in relation to sweeteners that you can buy. Experiment with natural options and try to gradually reduce the amount of sweeteners you consume during the day. Even if something seems harmless, excessive consumption should be avoided in any case. Therefore, try to reduce the sugar in all its forms and you will slowly get used to the coffee and drinks without sugar, you will end up preferring fruit instead of dessert and will in general adopt a healthier diet.
Best of Health,