Now that we are halfway through our month of no-added sugar, I find myself wanting some “sugar alternatives”. We are sorely missing muffins and home made quick breads. I’ve always loved baking and those items are staples in our house. However, they are also loaded with unhealthy sugar. We are avoiding honey and maple syrup as they are still sugar, even though natural. And, we absolutely aren’t going to do anything artificial.
So, in order to help myself understand all the “natural” sugar alternatives available, I made myself a chart. There’s a ton of information available and I wrote down tidbits I found in various books and websites. For the occasions where I just need a little something to sweeten up my baking, I’ve decided to stick with monk fruit extract for now (if I can find the pure stuff). But, we are not going to make any of these products a staple in our diet.
Monk fruit extract is actually calorie free (which, in and of itself, makes me skeptical). We’ll be using maple syrup occasionally after our month of no sugar is over, as it is relatively low in fructose.
Fructose is the “bad guy” when it comes to sugar toxicity. It’s fructose that is responsible for raising our triglycerides and LDL levels. However, it does not raise blood sugar levels significantly, so sometimes high fructose sweeteners, such as Agave, are mistakenly labeled as healthy. Find out more about fructose here.