November 19, 2012
Choosing Natural Sugar Substitutes for Weight Loss
There is practically no processed, manufactured food that you can buy, that doesn’t have white sugar in it. In a way, this does contribute to the terrible obesity problem that city dwelling folk everywhere experience today. It is even a big part of the type II diabetes that you read about often. You could certainly decide to go with diet versions of everything – that use artificial sweeteners. Thhose are chemicals that come with their own baggage.
Consider stevia, one of the best natural sugar substitutes around. If someone were to just tell you about this sugar alternative that was 300 times as sweet as regular sugar, you would right away think that they were talking about some saccharine like chemical. Instead, stevia is completely natural. It’s an extract that’s obtained from the stevia plant, and it’s approved by the FDA as a natural sweetener. There are a number of commercial brands that market this product now – with names like PureVia and TruVia.
Xylitol is another plant-based sweetener. Does that name seem familiar? You’ve probably seen it on chewing gum labels. It’s a sweetener that is considered quite healthy. Chewing gum brands like to use xylitol for its cavity fighting qualities. Of course, it doesn’t agree with the body at first if you begin to use this everyday. You get indigestion. Once you get used to it though, it can work just fine.
Just about every cereal that we use in our diet contains sugar in some naturally occurring form. Manufacturers sell syrup that’s obtained from these sources, and these make for great natural sugar substitutes. There is brown rice syrup and barley malt syrup, that you can choose, for instance.
They make barley malt sugar by a process that they perform on grains of barley. The sugar that results is something that they call maltose.
There are people who actually prefer barley malt sugar to regular sugar for the way it tastes. People especially love to use it in baked goods. The problem with maltose though is that it can come with quite a high glycemic index – unlike the products we just spoke about above.
Brown rice syrup is about half maltose, and it comes with a high glycemic index value as well. If you have diabetes, these two are probably not the best natural sugar substitutes to use.