Alternative Sweeteners

AGAVE

Unlike other sweeteners that store their energy as starch, Agave syrup stores it’s energy as inulin . Inulin is typically found in roots or rhyzomes. There is no starch in Agave Syrup. Inulin bypasses digestion in the stomach and small intestine and is actually digested in the large intestine. Inulin actually feeds the probiotic bacteria in our digestive system.  It has a low glycaemic index, so is a viable alternative sweetener  for those with blood sugar disorders such as Diabetes.  Agave also tastes delicious - a little like maple syrup and little like  caramel or fairy floss. Agave can be used as a sugar  replacement in any recipe - use 25% less agave than you would use  sugar. Is great in raw deserts, particularly raw chocolate!! Make sure your agave is the Wild Maguey (Salmiana) variety of succulent rather than the Blue Webber variety, that it is organic and organically processed at low temperature

 

LUCUMA

Is a subtropical fruit grown almost exclusively in South America . It is renowned as one of the top dessert flavours in the continent - it rivals even chocolate and vanilla in popularity. It has a subtle and rich maple or caramel-like flavor and is an It is an excellent low-glycemic addition to deserts.

Lucuma powder is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals and is also a great source of the antioxidant beta-carotene as well as niacin and iron.

It is delicious in desserts, especially raw treats such as home made ice cream. It is excellent in smoothies and any raw food drinks, especially those that you want to be creamy, such as herbal teas, nut milk drinks, and chai.

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YACON ROOT

The Yacón is a plant grown in the Andes of Perú. It has crisp, sweet-tasting tubers and provides for two nutritional products: the syrup and tea.

Yacon syrup is wonderful as a sweetener as it contains low sugar properties. This is because the tuber is comprised of FOS (fructooligosacharides), a special type of fructose that the human body can not absorb. It therefore leaves the body undigested. It is ideal for those with blood sugar disorders (e.g. diabetes and hypoglycaemia) and those on weight loss or low sugar programs. It has a very low glycaemic index.

The syrup is also a prebiotic which means that it feeds the friendly bacteria in the colon (especially bifidobacterium) that boosts the immune system and helps digestion. It’s super high antioxidant levels are also powerful immune boosters and ideal in anti-cancer diets.

Yacon has been shown to help reduce constipation and aid absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients – particularly calcium and magnesium

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MESQUITE

Mesquite meal is a traditional Native American food produced by gathering ripened seed-pods from the mesquite tree and grinding them into a fine powder. The meal is high in protein (40%) and contains good quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Mesquite is also rich in the amino acid lysine.

Researchers report that mesquite is highly effective in balancing blood sugar as the sweetness is from fructose. Fructose doesn't require insulin to be metabolized. The high content of soluble fibre also aids in slower processing of nutrients preventing spikes and valleys in blood sugar.

It has a sweet, rich, molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel which blends well into smoothies or other drinks, especially those made with cacao and maca.

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BEE PRODUCTS

Bee pollen is collected by bees from flowering plants and formed into granules.

It is said to be the most complete food known in nature. It contains vitamin B-9 and all 21 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. It contains 5 - 7 times the protein of beef.

Bee Pollen is also very high in polysaccharides. These are complex, long-chain sugars that are important in the prevention of degenerative type diseases that includes cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2. Polysaccharides can also act as an anticoagulant (reducing the stickiness of platelets making it harder for them to build up in artery walls). They also help to regulate immune function

Bee pollen is a natural antidote for allergies (particularly hayfever and sinusitis).

Research shows that bee pollen can counteract the signs of aging and increase both mental and physical capability.

Honey , in its organic, raw, unfiltered state is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics ( 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria ) and enzymes

Honey is high in antioxidants and is used extensively for boosting immunity and treating infections and wounds of all kinds (used internally or topically). It is a powerful antibiotic, anti-parasitic, antiseptic and anti-allergenic.

Honey increases calcium absorption and can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors; it works as a natural and gentle laxative and supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar (which is useful for blood sugar disorders). Have one or two teaspoons last thing at night to help with insomnia

Propolis is a substance that bees use as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive and is incredibly antiseptic. Propolis has well known antibiotic properties. These help protect humans from bacteria and can strengthen our immune system. Propolis is especially effective in inflammation of the mouth, tonsils and throat.

Propolis is also anti-viral and is also believed to promote heart health, strengthen the immune system and reduce the chances of cataracts.

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STEVIA

If you’ve ever tasted stevia, you know it’s extremely sweet. In fact, this remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener and flavour enhancer for centuries. The Guarani in Paraguay traditionally used stevia nutritionally and medicinally.

The plant came to the attention of the rest of the world when South American naturalist, Bertoni, "discovered" the plant in the late 1800's.

Stevia's most obvious and notable characteristic is its super-sweet taste. However, the sweet taste is not due to carbohydrate-based molecules, but to several non-caloric molecules called glycosides. Individuals who cannot tolerate sugar or other sweeteners can often use stevia. 

During WWII, sugar shortages prompted England to begin investigation of stevia for use as a sweetener. Cultivation began under the direction of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, but t
he project 'was abandoned in the aftermath of the war'. Japan began cultivating stevia in hothouses in the 1950's. By the 1970's, Japan started using stevia commercially and today, they are the biggest users of the extract, which has captured 50% of Japan's sweetener industry.

Other aspects of stevia are capturing people's attention. The herb is sold in some South American countries to aid diabetics and hypoglycemics. Research has shown that a whole leaf concentrate has a regulating effect on the pancreas and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Stevia is therefore useful to people with diabetes, hypoglycemia, and Candidiasis (when utilised in a non-processed form).

Other traditional uses of stevia are to lower elevated blood pressure (hypertension), digestive aid that also reduces gas and stomach acidity, and for obesity. The herb acts as general tonic which increases energy levels and mental acuity.


 

SWEETENERS
Lucuma
Yacon Root
Mesquite
Bee Products
Agave
Stevia




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