7 HEALTHY SUGAR ALTERNATIVES FOR A VARIETY OF USES

Consumers are increasingly interested in the sugar content of their food.

Thirty three percent of Australians are very concerned about sugar consumption and many are actively looking for natural ways to avoid it. Satisfy your customers’ sweet tooth with these 7 healthy sugar alternatives that are right on-trend and deliciously sweet!

LOW-CALORIE, SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

low-calorie-sugar-substitutes

MONK FRUIT

What: Monk fruit, or lo han guo, is a small green melon named after the monks who first cultivated it. Monk fruit sweetener is an extract of the fruit.

Sweetness: 150-250x sweeter than table sugar.

Nutrition: Zero calories and carbs.

Effect on Blood Sugar: Nil.

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in cooking, baking, hot and cold drinks, and more. 

STEVIA

What: Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant.

Sweetness: 200-300x sweeter than table sugar.

Nutrition: Zero calories and carbs.

Effect on Blood Sugar: Nil (pure stevia).

Uses: Available in liquid, granule and powder forms for various uses.

XYLITOL

What: Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is found in many fruits and vegetables but is primarily extracted from corncobs and hardwoods. 

Sweetness: 5% less sweet than table sugar.

Nutrition: 40% fewer calories than table sugar per gram. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Negligible effects. It has a very low GI rating (7) in comparison to sugar (60-70). 

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in drinks, cooking and baking.

ERYTHRITOL

What: Like xylitol, erythritol is a sugar alcohol found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables. It’s created via a fermentation process. 

Sweetness: 60-70% of the sweetness of table sugar.

Nutrition: 6% of the calories of table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Nil.

Uses: Multipurpose. Replaces sugar in all cooking needs, factoring in a 30% volume increase to match the sweetness of table sugar.

NUTRITIVE SUGAR ALTERNATIVES

Nutritive-sweeteners

RICE SYRUP

What: Rice syrup, or rice malt, is made from organic brown rice. 

Sweetness: Approximately 50% of the sweetness of table sugar. 

Nutrition: Fructose free and has 33% less calories per tablespoon than table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: This sweetener is high GI (98) so it will affect blood sugar levels.  

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in place of any liquid sugar syrups. 

HONEY

What: Honey is a thick, golden liquid produced by honey bees. The different varieties of flavours and colours come from the different floral nectar source.

Sweetness: Varies but generally sweeter than table sugar, so less is required.

Nutrition: Trace amounts of vitamins and minerals.1.3x the calories of table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Honey has a moderate GI rating (45-64) and will affect blood sugar levels. 

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in hot drinks, as a spread, in baking, cooking and desserts.

MAPLE SYRUP

What: Maple syrup is a thick, sugary liquid that’s made by evaporating the sap of maple trees.

Sweetness: 60% sweetness of table sugar.

Nutrition: Contains calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese. It has 1.1x the calories of table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Maple syrup has a moderate GI rating (54) and will affect blood sugar levels. 

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in cooking, baking, hot and cold drinks, and more.

Whether your consumers are wanting a keto-friendly, low-carb sugar replacement or simply something a little less refined, Unique Health Products offers a sweet solution for everyone. Plus a whole range of healthier baking mixes, cooking ingredients and pantry staples that suit low-carb, keto and all-natural needs!

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