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Born and brought up in a Punjabi household, I’m more used to adding jaggery than sugar as a sweetener. Whether it is milk, Indian sweets or simply my morning breakfast—oats, I add jaggery for a little sweetness. It tastes better and is a healthier option as compared to sugar.
Due to processing of sugar, all the natural nutrients are stripped off and chemicals are further added to remove impurities. This is why the refined white sugar is nothing but empty calories. To add to that, it contains high amounts of sulphur which is really harmful for our health. Despite these ill effects, people are still consuming refined sugar.
Wake up already—nature has given us the best sugars and there are better alternatives to chemically refined sugar. Go for natural sweeteners.
This is also called jaggery, coconut sugar, or gur. Extracted from the sap present in the flower buds of the coconut palm tree, it involves minimum processing and has a mild caramel flavour.
It is processed in a completely natural way to maintain as much of the sugarcane’s natural nutrition as possible, including vitamins and minerals.
This large-grained sugar is light brown in colour and contains residual molasses. It is partially processed – made from the first crystallization of cane juice to sugar crystals. It also comes infused with the flavour of vanilla from premium vanilla beans, cinnamon and other spices.
Organic Sulphur-less White Sugar
This kind retains the sweetness of sugar, doing away with the side effects of sulphur.
Maple syrup, with all the liquid evaporated, leaves behind a dry sugar. It is a good substitute for refined sugar because it has fewer calories and the mouth perceives it sweeter than white sugar.
Raw and Unrefined Sugar
Also referred to as Molasses, it retains natural nutrients such as iron, magnesium, etc. and is therefore a better choice. This natural granulated sugar is golden in colour, tastes almost like honey, and is free of any kind of chemicals or pesticides.
Made from grape juice concentrate blended with rice syrup, this sweetener is about 80 percent as sweet as white sugar. It is sold in both granular and liquid form.
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