When you walk into the store you typically blasted with all kinds of sugars or high fructose corn syrup, and other artificial sweeteners. This is a problem because it is so over consumed that it causes many many health problems. If you are suffering from blood sugar issues or diabetes then finding something that works for you and doesn’t spike your insulin is important. I’ve found the five best sugar alternatives that may help you kick that processed sugar right out of your window and never have to go back to it. So lets go straight into it and see what was discovered as the best 3 alternatives. I would of went all out on the top 5… but there just isn’t 5 sugar alternatives that are healthy for the body that can be put into matcha green tea.
I chose raw honey because it isn’t actually a sugar, its a food. It also has a lot of health benefits to it as well which like matcha, carries with it amino acids, special types of electrolytes and antioxidants. Honey also carries with it anti-microbial compounds that will help fight off infection or keeping a wound from becoming infects. I’ve even used it in an eye drop solution when I had pink eye that helped clear it up (green tea was also a big ingredient in that.)
Now, anything in excess can be bad for you so make sure that 1-2 tspn a day is the extent of this delicious sweetener and is actually healthy for you in that amount. One benefit of putting RAW local honey in your matcha or senchi is that because the pollen of your local city is mixed in with the honey that you’ll build up an immunity of your local pollen. This is great for combating allergies during the time when it ramps up! It is higher on the glycemic index which is why it would be good to talk to your doctor if you have high blood sugar and only take it in moderation if getting the okay.
*NOTE: Make sure you get the raw stuff because a study by Texas A&M University uncovered that 76% of supermarket honey carries no pollen in it.
Not a big fan of this one myself but it is a great alternative sweetener over sugar. I don’t prefer it only because of the after taste you get from the sweetener but I know there are plenty of people out there that absolutely love it. This is a great sweetener if you have blood sugar issues or are on the verge of diabetes. It is as low on the glycemic index as can be with a number of 0. This means that it will not raise your blood sugar if you use this as a sugar alternative.
I would recommend that you purchase the green leaf stevia as some of its health benefits consist of vitamin C, beta-carotene, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and iron. Stevia also contains carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Even though they these nutrients don’t appear on the boxes, they are within the sweetener in very small amounts.
This is actually one of my favorite sugar alternatives of all time. I always make sure to put this into my daily ritual of warm lemon water in the morning for an added energy boost throughout the day. It also is diabetic and blood sugar safe as it is 0 on the glycemic index. The best part about monk fruit is that it contains compounds that when extracted, are natural sweeteners 300-400 times sweeter then cane sugar. So you can just how little of this delicious sugar alternative you’ll need to sweeten your matcha or other teas.
It gets better though. Monk fruit has been regarded as the “longevity” fruit for its high concentration of antioxidants levels which has also been used in the past for respitory ailments, coughs, and as an expectorant. Not just that but it has also been used to help combat constipation, pull heat out of the body and to also help treat diabetes patients.
Monk fruit isn’t sweet because of natural sugars but because of an antioxidant known as mongroside which are not metabolized the same as other natural sugars giving it no calories and its ability to not raise blood sugar.
In fact, if you’re looking for a matcha latte brand that sells their latte already sweetened with monk fruit, try Lakanto Matcha Latte.
Why some sugar alternatives weren’t picked
Lets face is, there are a lot of alternatives out there but not all of them are equal. As recent findings on coconut sugar is that even though its low on the GI it still contains fructose and sucrose which makes coconut sugar about 38.48.5% fructose. Its a known fact that fructose as it builds up in your body taxes the liver and does damage. Also the sugar comes from the coconut palm when all of healthier coconut products come from the coconut fruit. If you want to know more about coconut sugar and how it is a no-go, check out Dave Asprey’s research on it.
I also didn’t choose date paste as being an alternative because I’ve never really heard of this being one of the sugar alternatives that people typically use to sweeten tea nor am I completely convinced that the consistency and texture of tea would stay the same through sweetening.