I have met so many people who talk of having a sweet tooth as if it were more like a rotten tooth since not only does sugar affect our teeth, but our weight and moods too. But there is light at the end of this dark tunnel and having the proverbial sweet tooth does not have to be a curse anymore!
We are very fortunate to live in times when there are so many options available to us… Healthy, natural options that one can enjoy something sweeter without feeling guilty or moody about it.
There are many great natural sweeteners available which one can choose from:
Honey is used in such a variety of ways, that it definitely has earned it nick name, Mother Natures Miracle. Honey is extracted from flower nectars by bees and comes in a variety of flavours and types and colours. This beautiful golden syrup is a delicious and extremely healthy sweetener.
Did you know that eating honey that has been produced in the area in which you reside is an excellent treatment for hay fever?
Honey also makes an excellent skin and hair hydrating mask as well as a fun gift.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that occurs in fruits, berries, and some vegetables, but is derived primarily from birch bark. It has a low glycemic index and so is perfectly safe to use by diabetics.
Stevia is derived from a South African plant that is an ideal alternative to artificial sweeteners. It can be used in drinks, on cereals, in baking or cooking. It is deliciously sweet and also has a low glycemic index. Research has shown a marked decrease in blood pressure when people switch to Stevia and it works as a cardiovascular tonic.
Rice syrup has a delicious mild flavour and is a pleasant alternative to sugar. It can be used in baking, on pancakes, over ice cream, you decide…
Carob Powder & Carob Chunks
Organic carob is low in fat and high in fibre. It is made from the pod of the carob tree. It makes an excellent subsitute for cocoa and can be used in the same way to add a chocolate flavour to drinks, baked goods and confectionary. It contains no caffiene, theobromine, dairy or sucrose. Carob comes in powder form or in chunks.