01 June 2008

Alternatives to white sugar

White sugar is sugar cane juice that has been highly refined, so all that is left is “empty” energy. 

The less refined the sugar product, the more complex it is, because it contains other nutrients.  Substituting more complex sugars in place of white sugar can be an important first step in breaking a sugar addiction.  Use this chart to see what you can find at the health food store to use in place of white sugar in recipes.

Sweetener -- Substitution for each cup of refined sugar -- Reduction of total liquid per cup of sugar

Barley malt or rice syrup -- 1 ½ cups -- Slightly
Honey -- ¾ cup -- 1/8 cup
Fruit juice concentrate -- ¾ cup -- 1/8 cup
Maple syrup -- ¾ cup -- 1/8 cup
Maple granules -- 1 cup -- None
Molasses -- ½ cup -- None
Unrefined cane juice powder -- ¾ cup -- None
Stevia (leaf powder) -- 1 teaspoon -- Add 1/8 cup

Source:  Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford

This post is brought to you by Lois Nethery, acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist at Ocean Acupuncture in Curl Curl on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Ocean Acupuncture is a natural medicine centre of independent health practitioners. The views expressed in this blog are the author's only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the other Ocean Acupuncture practitioners.
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