Cookbooks and online cooking shows are filled with sugar-free recipes for the most delicious smoothies, desserts, cakes, pies, you name it. Instead of sugar, these recipes use sweet natural alternatives such as maple syrup, agave syrup, honey, coconut blossom sugar, rice syrup and so on. But by replacing white sugar with these natural alternatives, does it actually work?
The name for common sugar is sucrose. This can either be sugar made from the sugar beet or from sugar cane. The only difference between the two is the colour caused by the molasses in the sugarcane. They have the same structure and the same effect on the body. Sucrose consists of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. The body process the two slightly different, however, they both contain the same nutritional value: 4 calories per gram.
Now here is where it gets tricky. If you replace sugar with honey, your body actually incorporates something very similar. Honey namely contains almost exactly the same as sugar: 43% fructose and 37% glucose. And this goes for most natural replacements. Maple syrup contains 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Agave syrup contains 75% fructose and 25% glucose.
What often is found in a lot of ‘sugar-free’ recipes is that people use dates. Super yummy, we agree. However, 2/3 of this delicious date is glucose and fructose. Now let’s say you eat a couple of dates, that is not the problem. After a few, you’ve had enough and you will stop eating them. But if you put these sweet little treats in the blender, all of a sudden consume loads at once. This way you consume as much sugar as you would have had using regular sugar.
Therefore, it really does not matter. Sugar is equal sugar.
So why not use a sugar-free sweetener as an alternative? Well, the flavour of most of them is just... unpleasant.
But not to worry. Fooditive Sweetener to the rescue! Our sweetener is made from apples and pears and has a lovely fresh taste and a clean mouthfeel. It is great to use for home recipes or your favorite beverages.
Want to learn more about the easy use of the Fooditive Sweetener? Check out our recipe page on www.fooditive.nl/recipes
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