RAW FOOD SWEETENERS

Raw food sweeteners represent the healthy replacements for sugar in any good raw food kitchen. If you are not yet aware of how harmful sugar is for your health, it won't take you long to learn that fact when you start a raw food diet.

This diet is based around being as healthy as you can possibly be, and sugar just does not belong in that picture whatsoever. In my opinion, it is the first item to weed out of your kitchen when you begin choosing to eat healthier.

Instead, we use healthy sweeteners that are just as delicious, but not nearly as bad for your health. Some of them actually boast many great health benefits.

Xylitol, for example, is known not only for it's low glycemic properties, but is also healthy for your teeth! In fact, the only toothpaste I will use is Dentarome Ultra which is sweetened with xylitol, flavored with essential oils, and has no harmful fluoride or other chemicals.

Honey is not only an amazing treat, but has been used for thousands of years as a medicine as well as a food. Entire books have been written about the subject, such as this one: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey .

Many raw food recipes call for Agave as the sweetener of choice. It comes from an agave cactus and is a lighter tasting sweetener than honey. It is especially useful for making lots of raw food desserts.

Stevia is another nice alternative, first of all because it simply comes from the Stevia herb, a naturally sweet plant. And also because it is made into many different products, such as the dried herb itself, a powder, a liquid or even flavored liquids like Orange Stevia or Vanilla Stevia.

Maple syrup is another natural choice, and a healthier alternative than sugar, because it contains lots of vitamins and minerals. Some raw food purists don't use it because it has actually been heated. But boy does it add a nice unique flavor to certain recipes that you can only get from that rich maple syrup taste.

Sweeteners


YS Organic Bee Farms CERTIFIED ORGANIC RAW HONEY 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC HONEY Raw, Unprocessed, Unpasteurized - Kosher 32oz not considered vegan, but a raw sweet superfood

Wholesome Sweeteners - Organic Raw Blue Agave - 44 oz. made from liquid of agave cactus

Health Garden Kosher Birch Xylitol 1 Lbs. Product of USA (Not From Corn) made from birch, sugar free, low glycemic, also fights plaque.

Now Foods Liquid Stevia, Organic, 2-Ounce made from organic stevia herb, sugar free, chemical free.

Coombs Family Farms 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup, Grade B, 32-Ounce made from sap of maple trees, may be heated, but used sparingly for its unique flavor.


So this list represents the basic raw food sweeteners that we almost always have on hand and use pretty much daily in some recipe or other. You can also use dried fruit like raisins, prunes or dates in place of these sweeteners in your raw food recipes.

You might also like to explore different ways to use these sweeteners by getting an entire book just on scrumptious raw food desserts



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