Are you trying to reduce your sugar intake? Us too. Whether you want to drop a few kilos or reduce your risk of heart disease/diabetes, going sugar-free or at least swapping the refined stuff for DATES SUGAR can have major health benefits.
But not all natural sweeteners are created equal. Some are super high in calories. Others have strange after-tastes or will send your blood sugar levels through the roof (not cool).
When it comes to sugar substitutes, we’re big fans of dates powder. Made of dates that have been sorted, pitted, and ground into finely milled flour, a little goes a long way in providing a hint of sweetness to recipes and products.
We love dates powder so much that we’ve made it a star ingredient.
Want to know why dates powder is our number one choice among sugar alternatives?
DATES SUGAR is relatively unprocessed when compared to other sweeteners. That means when you nosh on dates powder-sweetened food, you’re downing many of the nutrients and vitamins present in whole dates (read: Vitamin D, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and copper).
- HIGH IN FIBRE
There’s a reason why dates are a go-to for those who want to stay “regular.” The fruits are high in fibre, which is fantastic for digestive health. The fibre content also makes dates a low-glycemic food, helping to slow digestion and preventing blood sugar spikes after consuming a meal. This is in contrast to other sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and agave syrup which have higher glycaemic indexes and contain lower amounts of fibre.
- FANTASTIC SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
We read a lot about antioxidants these days. But what are they? Essentially, they’re molecules that help to slow the damage that free radicals cause to the cells in our bodies. And dates have been found to have the highest amount of antioxidants when “pitted” against other similar fruits such as figs and dried plums, and also when compared to other sugar substitutes such as honey and maple syrup. Studies have shown that dates powder may contain several antioxidants, including carotenoids, which can promote heart health, polyphenols, which can help manage blood pressure, and sterols, which can help reduce cholesterol.
As one of the most amazing sugar substitutes, dates powder can be added to the batter when making baked goods, blended drinks such as smoothies, and as a topping on yoghurt. When following a recipe, simply swap dates powder for refined white and brown sugar using a 1 to 1 ratio.
- SUPERIOR TASTE
We get it—you’ve tried other sugar substitutes like Stevia and you’re not loving the aftertaste. Well, dates powder has a superior taste and mouthfeel when compared to sugar alternatives. Give it a try and see for yourself.