It’s official, clinical dieticians agree that the best sweetener is no sweetener at all.
“Sugar and artificial sweeteners are addictive and will hijack your health and metabolism,” says Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD. No sugar or sugar substitute is healthy; they stimulate your appetite, encourage your sweet tooth and pack on the pounds. And they place you at risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver.
But we’re all human and likely won’t be able to quite cold turkey. Most of us will need to wean ourselves to break the sweet habit.
Mother nature’s candy, dates, have become very popular sweeteners because they are stable and versatile. SPUD published that 100g of pitted dates can provide 2.5g of protein, 77.5g of carbohydrates, 7.5g of fibre, 50mg calcium, and 600mg of potassium (bite-for-bite, this is three times as much potassium as bananas)! Popular varieties like medjool and deglet noor both contain 62mg phosphorus, which works closely with calcium to maintain bone health. With the exception of calcium, all of these nutrients are found higher in dates than maple syrup, of which offers about the same amount of sugar. And honey, which is higher in sugar, is lower all across the board on these nutrients.
See the following Qvid to blend up some date paste. It keeps long term in the freezer to conveniently sweeten oatmeal & quinoa, yoghurt, bread, smoothies, jam, condiments, muffins, snacks, drinks, puddings, desserts and cookies.
Date paste is the ultimate natural sweetener and a wonderful alternative to table sugar. Stir it in hot oatmeal, use it in baking or add it to smoothies. Did I mention it’s easy to make and stores well? Win win!https://qspice.ca/recipe/date-puree/
Posted by Qspice on Thursday, May 3, 2018