We all know that white sugar is one of the greatest enemies of health and silhouette. Diabetes, heart disease and obesity are some of the diseases that it causes. But giving up desserts can be one of the biggest challenges in your life, a real battle. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to replace sugar with natural sweeteners but also dried fruit, purees and fruit juices or spices.
Natural sweeteners. Honey, maple syrup, molasses, sugar, coconut, agave syrup, stevia extract, all of them are less processed than sugar, which means that they have useful body nutrients. Honey and maple syrup are rich in antioxidants, molasses contains iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sugar coconut is a good source of amino acids. In addition, all have lower glycemic index than white sugar and stevia extract has zero calories.
Fresh fruits. Lemon and orange peel, berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries), pumpkin, rhubarb are just some of the options that you can use. These cookies share flavor and consistency, and are natural sources of sugars.
Spices. Even if it sounds strange, some are sweet spices, even if used in savory preparations. Fennel seeds are very sweet, but might not fit well into cakes. Instead, I recommend using cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, cloves, vanilla extract, carob powder. The good news is that they give a strong flavor to desserts, without adding extra calories.
Dried fruits. When it comes to dried fruits, you have a lot of options. The most common are prunes, raisins, banana and apple slices, but we should not underestimate any apricots, figs, cranberries, pineapple, mango or papaya. All these have a high intake of iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium. All you have to do is hydrate them with one day before you’re planning to eat it and then mix them in a blender. You can also use the dry flakes or cubes of coconut.
Fruit juices and smoothies. Here is an alternative that will give more flavor to your cakes. Bananas, apples, oranges, pineapples and peaches are fruits that are very suitable for this process.
Excessive consumption of sugar can cause serious illness, such as diabetes, obesity or hypertension. Therefore, the World Health Organization reduced to half the recommended daily amount of sugar: from 10% to 5% of the total amount. Specifically, the maximum quantity of sugar that can be consumed daily, so you do not get sick, it is no more than six teaspoons.