Natural Sweeteners - My Picks - Katrina Ellis
In Raw Addiction I like to use lots of fruit, like medjool dates to sweeten dishes. Below are my favourite natural sugar alternatives, which are ideal for anyone on a sugar free, low glycemic diet or for those fighting cancer, obesity or diabetes.
Ripe fresh fruits – the complete package for ideal health. The ripest fruits, grown without chemicals, are the sweetest. My favourites are bananas and mangoes.
Dates – one of my favourite natural sweeteners as only a small amount is needed to sweeten a dish. Dates contain a high amount of fibre to lower cholesterol and prevent colon and breast cancer. They also contain flavonoids, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin – all powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage.
Mesquite powder – from the South American Mesquite tree. A flour that adds a sweet, malty or carob like flavour to recipes, which is also perfect for balancing blood sugar levels.
Agave syrup – derived from the agave plant, its best to look for the raw variety.
Stevia – an amazing herb that I have used for over 15 years. 300 times sweeter than sucrose yet rates at zero on the glycemic index, with next to no calories. If whole leaves are not available to you, use the whole leaf powder.
Lo Han Guo / Kuo – a natural sweetener from the fruit of the ‘siraitia grosvenoril’ plant, a native of china. It contains no calories or glycemic index, yet has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties.
For a full list of my favourite natural sweeteners and uses, check out Raw Addiction.