At Not Your Sugar Mamas, we use only all-natural sweeteners in our products. Natural sweeteners (like coconut palm sugar and maple syrup) are raw or minimally processed alternatives to refined sugars that are usually used in mass-produced chocolate products (like corn syrup and white table sugar). Natural sweeteners are extracted from their source to maintain the most nutritional integrity possible.
Also, natural sweeteners generally have a lower glycemic index than refined sugars, which means they raise blood sugar levels more slowly than refined sugars. Therefore, natural sweeteners are less likely to result in that dreaded post-sugar crash and more serious health problems like diabetes and obesity.
Here are six natural sweeteners with the Not Your Sugar Mamas stamp of approval:
1. MAPLE SYRUP
Maple Syrup contains polyphenols, which antioxidants which reduce inflammation, as well as essential nutrients like zinc and manganese, which build up your immune system. Use it in your coffee to add a unique, rich flavor. Or substitute for regular sugar in your favorite baking recipe by replacing 1 cup of sugar with ¾ cup of maple syrup.
2. COCONUT PALM SUGAR
Coconut Palm Sugar is derived from the sap of Coconut Palm flowers. It is high in Magnesium, which speeds up metabolism and stimulates brain memory. Palm sugar is also high in potassium, which has been shown to help maintain a healthy blood pressure. It can be used as a 1:1 sugar substitute for coffee, tea, baking, and cooking.
3. DATE SUGAR
Date sugar is derived from, you guessed it, dates! It offers all the nutrients of dates like potassium, calcium, and dietary fibers, which makes it great for digestion. It is minimally processed (dried, ground up dates) and slightly sweeter to taste than regular sugar. Keep in mind, date sugar doesn’t dissolve! Use it in smoothies or as an oatmeal topping.
4. RAW HONEY
Honey is one of the world’s oldest sweeteners. It contains flavonoids, an antioxidant which may reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. Choose pure and raw honey to get all the goodness like enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It has more calories than sugar, but it is sweeter, so less is needed to achieve same level of sweetness.
Molasses is the syrup that is produced during the process of refining sugar. Molasses comes in different strengths. Dark molasses has the highest antioxidant levels of all sweeteners, similar to levels in nuts and berries. It is high in vitamin B3 (niacin) which helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
6. RAW CANE SUGAR
Raw cane sugar is the less-processed version of white sugar. It contains minerals, amino acids, and vitamins including antioxidants. It’s different from brown sugar, which is white sugar with molasses added back in, and doesn’t contain the traces of chemicals like phosphoric acid and sulfur dioxide which are used in the refining process.
Everything in moderation. For example, just because you might swap white bread for the healthier whole wheat alternative, doesn’t mean you should eat whole wheat bread all day long! Natural or not, pay attention to your sugar intake and aim to keep it at 25 grams (or 5% of your daily caloric intake) per day. That’s why Not Your Sugar Mamas chocolate is a great option to satisfy that sweet tooth craving while dosing on superfood raw cacao. Our Salted Caramel bar has 6 grams of sugar compared a Snickers bar which has 30 grams of sugar - that’s five times more sugar!