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Why alternatives to sugar?

Sugar is an unhealthy fattening factor, many people know this. Therefore, regular consumption can lead to obesity, cause tooth decay, increase the risk of diabetes, promote cardiovascular disease, and damage blood vessels and organs. For this reason, more and more people are trying to avoid sugar or (supposedly) healthier alternatives like Stevia, coconut flower sugar, agave syrup and honey change But even with these products it is important to look closely. Below, we explain the most popular sugar alternatives and discuss the pros and cons. We also present the products that performed best in the Öko-Test:

Instead of sugar: 3 different sugar alternatives

coconut flower sugar

Coconut blossom sugar is particularly popular, with its fine malt and caramel note, which is particularly tasty and is often used to sweeten desserts and teas. As its name suggests, coconut blossom sugar is obtained from the flowers of the coconut palm. The sugar can be exchanged 1:1 with conventional domestic sugar. However, the sugar alternative is not suitable for baking as it can become lumpy in the batter. In terms of calories, coconut blossom sugar also makes a big difference. 100 grams have about 380 calories. The same amount of table sugar has only slightly more, about 400 calories. However, coconut blossom sugar is only supposed to cause blood sugar to rise more slowly; this has not yet been scientifically proven. The higher mineral content is also often touted. However, large amounts would have to be consumed to benefit from it.

honey

Liquid gold, also known as honey, is often used to sweeten desserts and cakes. In contrast to table sugar, the natural product has significantly healthier minerals. Its antioxidants stand out, which are anti-inflammatory and protect our body from harmful free radicals. However, honey is not a slimming product: liquid gold has about 320 grams of calories per 100 grams, which is largely made up of glucose and fructose. Another point of criticism: since honey raises blood sugar, you should always consume it in moderation.

agave syrup

Obtained from agave juice, agave syrup has become a popular alternative to plant-based sugar in recent years. Compared to table sugar, agave syrup is lower in calories. 100 grams is about 310 grams However, there are also some critical aspects with the alternative: agave syrup is mainly made up of fructose and glucose. Although fructose may seem healthy, eating too much of it can be detrimental to your health and can affect your metabolism, among other things. The consequences are overweight, obesity, dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes. Another point of criticism is your CO₂ balance: since the thick juice is imported from South America, you have come a long way.

More on this here. Agave syrup: a healthy substitute for sugar? >>

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