Five of the best… natural sweeteners
21:01 GMT, 13 October 2012
Having a sweet tooth does not mean you have to consume large amounts of sugar. But many people don’t want to use artificial sweeteners either.
For those wanting to avoid refined sugar and synthetic sweeteners, here are some good alternatives that are fruit- and plant-based.
SWEET FREEDOM £2.99 for 350g
Made of apples, grapes and carob, this syrup (above left) has 25 per cent fewer calories than sugar and can even be used in baking. waitrose.com
DATE SYRUP by Crazy Jack Organic £2.99 for 340g
have been used as a sweetener since ancient times.
A thick, dark syrup
(above right) that won’t suit all but has fewer calories than sugar.
PURE VIA by Whole Earth £1.99 for 80g
free of calories, this (right) looks like sugar but is made from the dried
leaves of the stevia plant mixed with sugar alcohol found in fruits.
AGAVE LIGHT SYRUP by Biona Organic £3.19 for 250ml
Made from the agave plant, a relative of the yukka.
Syrup (below left) is runny and not overpowering in flavour.
Includes fructose and glucose and still has a lower calorie count than sugar. healthysupplies.co.uk
ZSweet £15.99 for 680g
Also has no calories but is made from erythritol – a sugar alcohol (below right). It looks like sugar but won’t trigger a jump in blood-sugar levels, stomach upsets or bloating. zsweet.eu