Different Kinds of Natural Sweeteners and How They Are Made

By | September 4, 2017

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It’s no question that many people in the health community today are taking a switch for a healthier lifestyle, but there are so many options to choose from.

To help lighten the load, we have collected and put together a short list of the different kinds of natural sweeteners available to you today before you go ahead and buy coconut nectar syrup or maybe even agave syrup to substitute your regular sweetener at home. Take a look at what you can buy online or locally and know how each of them is made. At the end of the day, you will be the one to decide which product is the one for you.

Glycemic Index Count

Glycemic index is a measurement used to determine how a certain type of food can affect our blood sugar levels. Taking note of products G.I content will prove useful to those who are trying to keep an eye on their blood sugar or for those who are diabetic.

  • Agave: 30
  • Coconut nectar: 35
  • Brown rice syrup: 25
  • Maple Syrup: 54
  • Molasses: 54
  • Honey: 55
  • Raw Cane Sugar: 65

Agave

Agave may be well known as an ideal alternative sweetener, but the truth is, it is packed with fructose. Fructose is typically not good for your body when consumed too much because it can seriously affect your metabolism and cause high cholesterol. Although agave is known to have a low glycemic index count, it still has a high fructose content and is usually highly processed.

Organic Coconut Nectar Syrup

Coconut nectar is known to contain raw enzymes that are beneficial to your digestive system in breaking down sugar. It is made naturally from collecting the sap of coconut blossoms and boiling it. Other than having a low glycemic index count, it is also loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Brown Rice Syrup

This sweet syrup is produced by adding enzymes to cooked rice to break down the starches within. The liquid is then strained out and cooked even further to reach the desired consistency. This natural sweetener contains vitamins and minerals found in brown rice.

Honey

Probably the most common sweetener used around the world. Similar with agave, honey has high fructose content. Even though honey has a relatively low nutritional content compared to other sweeteners, it does have a trace of minerals; the darker the honey, the more mineral content it has. To look for the good kind of honey, you need to look for the kind that stays solid at room temperature and is unfiltered.

Maple Syrup

Same with agave syrup and honey, maple syrup is high in fructose as well. In terms of nutritional content, this sweetener offers more minerals as compared to honey. Other than that it is also well known to have an amazingly sweet taste (which goes great with pancakes!) Although it does not have a low calorie or low G.I count, its taste is certainly worth consuming.

Raw Cane Sugar

You may have heard that raw cane sugar is a “health product” worth trying, don’t let it deceive you. This is actually just sugar. Whether it has the word “raw” or not, it doesn’t really make a difference. This sweetener may have a different process from other types of sugars, but the chemical composition is the same.

It all comes down to you when deciding which natural sweetener would go great with your morning pancakes or coffee. But it doesn’t hurt to know what goes in them and how they can benefit your body in any way. The most important thing to remember is that, even if some of the sweeteners are “healthier” than the others, they are nonetheless a sugar and consuming too much is not a good idea. So keep watch on your sugar intake if you do decide to buy organic coconut nectar syrup, maple syrup, or even brown rice syrup.  Don’t forget to check its glycemic index for more details!

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