Baking is always fun. Some people avoid baking as it traditionally involves “not so healthy” foods and ingredients. Yes, baking goods are delicious and yes most people like them, but the amount of calories and artificial ingredients used in baking can scare many people away. Well, that’s not always the case.
Baking with natural sweeteners is a healthy, alternative way to create delicious baking items in your kitchen. Substituting sugar is easier than you think. So, we present you a few options of ingredients for healthy baking.
Stevia a very popular low-calorie sweetener often used instead of sugar in baking. This product is extracted from the leaves of a plant called stevia rebaudiana, grown for sweetness and medicinal purposes for centuries in South America. Likely the healthiest choice for sugar substitutes, stevia is very sweet but has virtually no calories and offer health benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics, improving insulin sensitivity, and reducing oxidized LDL cholesterol as well as plaque build-up in the arteries.
If you don’t like the taste of stevia, try raw honey. Honey can be used instead of sugar for most baked items. Honey offers plenty of health benefits as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help boost your immune system and protect your body from bacteria. Full of flavonoids, honey contains these antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, honey has a low hypoglycemic index and it won’t send your blood sugar into overdrive. As a basic rule, when you use honey in your baked goods, use a half cup honey for every cup of sugar.
Last but not least, agave nectar is an excellent choice as a sugar substitute. Many varieties of the agave plant produce a wonderfully sweet, low-calorie nectar which is a low-glycemic sweetener, helping the body metabolizes it slowly, preventing dramatic spikes and dips in blood sugar.
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