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A list to discuss various sweetener options for deserts, cakes, pies, etc and the controversy over certain sweeteners like agave, yacon syrup, etc. Come join us and let's learn and share some tasty info with each other.
Latest Activity: Feb 5
Yacon Syrup – Made from the rootsof the yacón plant, which grows only in the Andes, this rich, thick syrup is very sweet and has no glycemic index. This is a terrific natural sugar substitute - I use it in many of my vegan recipes and it's great with unsweetened or raw almond milk on cereal and oatmeal. Yum!
Stevia – 50 times sweeter than sugar, no calories, no glycemic index, completely natural, widely used throughout Europe, Japan and South America. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it isn't! It's wonderful to sweeten tea and coffee and I use it in my high protein smoothie every morning! Stevia as a sugar substitute can be a bit tricky in baking, because it is essentially a liquid and doesn't add volume, but there are several wonderful cookbooks devoted to the art of baking with stevia.
Succanat or Turbinado –This is a great brown sugar substitute. It is made by pressing the juice out of the sugar cane plant and then dehydrating it. This means it still contains the molasses and minerals that give brown sugar its richer taste. Sucanat is technically not raw because it is generally dehydrated at temperatures above 115°, however it is certainly a great substitute in baking. I use it in my vegan brownies.
Rapadura – This is the most raw form of sugar available and is considered acceptable by many raw food chefs. It looks and tastes much like Sucanat. Rapadura can be substituted 1:1 for sugar in baking, but it's much better used in raw desserts.Date Sugar – A great natural sugar substitute made from ground up dehydrated dates, so it still contains all the minerals and fiber of the fruit. This form of sugar is also commonly used in raw food preparation. It is not good in drinks because it doesn't dissolve well, but it works very well in baked goods.
Sucralose – The main ingredient in Splenda, is sugar bonded with chlorine - you know, the stuff that's in bleach!
Saccharin AKA Sweet 'n Low – Made from coal tar - eeww!
Aspartame – Mostly marketed as Nutrasweet, is without question one of the most dangerous substances that has ever been inflicted on the unsuspecting American public. Aspartame, when ingested, converts to formaldehyde, the chemical used for embalming corpses. Enough said.