The Best Alternatives to Sugar: Natural Sweeteners

oFarm Organic Grocer, Northern Beaches –  Natural Sweeteners - Discover the benefits of sugar alternatives. Sydney’s best vegan-friendly, organic grocery market.

natural sweetnersWe’re pretty sure you’ve heard it before – sugar is a silent killer.

Sugar takes hold of our lives in so many hidden ways that we don’t often realise that we’re killing ourselves by consuming it.

Although obesity and heart problems are two of the primary health issues caused by high levels of sugar intake, it’s a massive danger in other ways to our overall health.

 “But sugar’s in everything”, you might say.

 However, the real exclamation is that, “sugar is in everything… that’s mostly bad for you”

 So how do we avoid it? Do we have to cut out sugar all together?

Well, the best solution is to find a healthier alternative to this sweet, sticky product that we’ve all come accustomed to. These alternatives being natural sweeteners.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of oFarm’s natural sweeteners.

Some of Our Natural Sweeteners and Their Key Benefits

Here are the best reasons to switch to our natural alternatives (available in-store now), and discover how they can provide your body with what sugar can’t.

 

Honey

  • Rich in anti-oxidants and nutrition.
  • Great for improving your heart’s health.
  • Boosts athletic performance.
  • Assists the body’s immune system.
  • Higher in calories that actually benefit the body, as opposed to ‘empty calories’.

Coconut Sugar and Nectar

  • Won’t deplete you of much needed Vitamin C.
  • Significantly lower on the glycemic index.
  • Good source of iron, zinc, potassium and calcium.
  • Coconut sugar contain a fibre called inulin – slowing the rate of glucose consumption.

Agave

  • Great for baked recipes.
  • Lower GI.
  • Most brands are free of additives.

Syrup – Brown Rice/Date

  • One serving is able to provide the body with three per cent of its daily intake of sodium and potassium.
  • Allows you to maintain higher energy levels without feeling fatigued.

Stevia

  • Tastes relatively the same as sugar, without adding to your waist line.
  • 100% natural with zero calories.
  • Helps to lower blood pressure.

Molasses

  • Contains high contents of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.
  • Helps stabilise blood sugar.
  • Strengthens bones – assists with osteoporosis prevention.

Xylitol

  • Keeps blood sugar levels low.
  • Similar sweetness to refined sugar but contains 40% less calories.
  • Contains zero fructose and has no negatives effects on insulin levels.

We all know how addicting sugar can be. It’s one of the primary causes directly related to health problems among Australians of all ages.

There’s no way to ‘sugar-coat’ this, but we need to cut back!

And remember that an organic diet fused with natural energy means you’re providing the best to your body. So give one of our natural sweeteners a try this week and feel the difference.