With this “anti-sugar” and “high-fructose corn syrup” movement, we are all looking for viable replacements that give us that sugar happiness.
Let’s face it…people like sweet stuff. The sugar replacements or alternatives are abound
- evaporated cane juice
- organic sugar
- maple syrup
The list is extensive. And really whether artificial or from a tree…the desired result is the same…make our food sweeter! The problem is that a lot of these sugar equivalents are no good from a health perspective and really should not act as a substitute.
Well, a good friend of mine, Rosana, who lives in Nevada, recently recommended COCONUT NECTAR.
I’ve been using Stevia and am happy with it so I didn’t go out of my way to find it…but the other day I was SHOCKED when I walked past an aisle in Winn Dixie and actually saw the product! There it was in front of my face, Organic Coconut Sugar. I had to buy it!!! I tasted it and was impressed at how delicious it is. I know some people hate stevia. I don’t. But for those who do this might be a good option.
I looked up some of the health benefits of coconut sugar and found the following:
Coconut nectar is taken from the flowers of a coconut tree. In my opinion, the highlights are that it is:
- LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX
- LOW IN FRUCTOSE
- HIGH IN AMINO ACIDS
- HIGH IN VITAMINS & MINERALS
I can’t say that it is better, or even as good as Stevia. I have to inquire a little bit more on that point. But it seems to be a “healthier”alternative to other sweeteners and good for people who are struggling with their sugar addiction.
That being said, I have to emphasize that I believe the first step to a healthy lifestyle is to curb this sugar addiction that we all have. Our focus should be in moving AWAY from sugar…not only finding a substitute for it. So, although I am happy to report that there is a healthier sugar you can use…I can’t stress enough that this substance should be used in moderation and with caution.
And whenever you can…skip the sweets and PILE ON THE GREENS!