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The best natural sweeteners: how many exist and what they are

Although the number of people who opt for white sugar to sweeten their meals, desserts and drinks, it is true that more are also those who a...

Although the number of people who opt for white sugar to sweeten their meals, desserts and drinks, it is true that more are also those who are totally aware of the consequences that are not so positive or beneficial to our health.

As we saw on an earlier occasion in which we talked about why white sugar eliminated from your diet , we could say that it is one of the white poisons that many doctors warn, because: steals essential nutrients because our body to assimilate and metabolize it needs calcium and B vitamins, can influence the onset of diabetes, favors overweight and obesityand is one of the biggest enemies to the health of our teeth.

The best natural sweeteners: how many exist and what they are

That is why the best option is to know what the best natural sweeteners are , as they become completely natural options with sweetening power, ideally in order to replace white sugar and other unhealthy sweetening options.

In addition, these natural sweeteners stand out not only for their sweetening action, but because in most cases they are also very rich in essential nutrients. We talk about the most suitable and interesting.

What are natural sweeteners or sweeteners?

As its name suggests, we can define the  natural sweeteners or sweeteners as those that  are obtained in a hundred percent natural way . And, above all,  they have not undergone any process of transformation or refining , as for example happens with  sugar .

They are usually known as healthier sweeteners, since they are not refined and have essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes (in the case of honey, especially)and can not be considered as foods or products that provide empty calories.

However, that does not remove so that they may not be adequate or whose consumption is advisable, since as many nutritionists say, it is advisable to move away from any type of sweetener and not add more sugar than can contain the food we go to consumed in a natural way.

The most recommended natural sweeteners

1. Honey

The  honey is one of the most traditional and popular sweeteners known natural products. It is a delicious food produced by bees from the nectar of flowers and the secretions of living parts of plants. The bees pick it up, transform it and combine it inside with an enzyme, then store it in the honeycombs, where it matures.

The best natural sweeteners: how many exist and what they are

It is very rich in natural sugars such as fructose, galactose and glucose . It also provides many essential nutrients, being rich in vitamins (A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6) and minerals (copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, sodium and manganese ).

2. Stevia

In recent years the stevia plant has gained in popularity, becoming a good natural sweetener, safe for people with diabetes . In fact, did you know that its leaves are 30 times sweeter than white sugar? In addition, it exerts a hypoglycemic effect by stimulating the cells of the pancreas to generate more insulin but without affecting blood sugar levels.

It is also rich in essential nutrients, such as vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, manganese, potassium and calcium.

3. Sugar cane juice

It is a very traditional product that although it is composed exclusively of sugar is composed of unrefined sugar, so that it keeps all the essential nutrients of sugar caneand obviously its consumption is more recommended than white or refined sugar.

The best natural sweeteners: how many exist and what they are

From a nutritional point of view, it has a low glycemic index, is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium.

From the juice of sugar cane two natural sweeteners are produced as well known as popular: panela and molasses , two equally beneficial foods rich in essential nutrients.

4. Fresh fruits

At present it is possible to find on the shelves of supermarkets certain sweetening products made exclusively from fruit fructose. However, there is no doubt that natural fresh fruit is the best option to provide fructose to our body .

Fruits, such as apple, watermelon, papaya, pear, mango and oranges, are particularly noteworthy.

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