What can be sugar alternatives for Gluten-free Diet
Sugar,everyone's favourite, comes from cane,which is a form of grass related to wheat or from beet which is a tuber.People who have diabetes or problems with yeast conditions , such as candida, you will want to avoid all forms of sugar.
There can be more alternative to sugar and they taste delicious too, we will see what are they.
Fruit sweeteners are made from a combination of fruit that has been pressed into juice,creating a concentrated juice that is then reduced for long time.Its consistency is slightly thinner than honey.The flavor is quiet good.You can find them in combinations too, like peach,pear and pineapple combination or apple,white and red grape and raspberry.
These fruit sweeteners can be found in refrigerator section of most natural food stores.You must keep them refrigerated, but use them at room temperature for best results.
When using fruit sweetner instead of sugar, always remember that you are going to cut the amount of sugar by up to half in all your recipes.If your recipe requires 1 cup sugar means you will need 1/2 cup sweetner and check for any after-taste.
Amazake is a whole grain product made of water,brown rice,koji.The mixture is fermented into a thick liquid.It is high in iron and vitamin B.Plain is best for baking, but it comes in other flavors.It can be found in natural food stores in either the freezer or refrigerator.It has texture similar to honey and can be used like concentrated fruit sweeteners.
Brown rice syrup is made from Brown rice ,water and 1% natural fungal enzymes.The product is made using entirely natural processing.This process converts the starches to natural sugar called maltoses.The liquid is cooled until it thickens.It is very easy to bake with.It can be used used in place of honey,molasses or other syrups in recipes.
It comes from the pineapple-shaped core of the Agave, a cactus-like plant native to Mexico.This sweetner is low on the glycemic index,has no after-taste, and 25% sweeter than sugar.It comes in 2 varieties.The dark version contains more minerals,calcium,iron,potassium and magnesium.The lighter version is filtered , and has a lighter taste.One teaspoon of the cactus nectar contains 16 calories,0 gm of fat,5 gm of carbohydrates,5 gm of sugar,5 gm of sodium and 0 gm of protein.Be sure to cut the amount of sweetner by 1/4 cup and reduce heat by 25 degrees.
Another altenative to suagr,suitable for those with diabetes or hypoglycemia, is a kiwi sweetener.It is made from natural fruit glycosides,polysaccharides and ketohexose monosaccharides of the kiwi fruit.It contains 0 fat,0 calories and 0 carbohydrates.It is about 15% sweeter than sugar, and has no after-taste.
If you want to use honey instead of sugar, you need to cut half amount beacause honey is twice sweet as sugar.Honey,maple syrup and molasses all change the liquid-to-dry proportions in a recipe.