Monday, May 24, 2010

Restocking the Pantry with Sugar Alternatives

The idea of a pantry without sugar may sound a little bit, well... empty. But many less processed alternatives to common table sugar exist.

The idea of a pantry without sugar may sound a little bit, well... empty. But many less processed alternatives to common table sugar exist. Alternative sweeteners will not only bring the desired sweetness to your foods, but can also add flavor and make for a moister texture. This is a partial list of alternative sweeteners (broken down into liquid and granulated options) you might want to consider next time you're baking or cooking:

Liquid sweeteners

  • Maple syrup: This option is sold in grades, A or B. Grade A is lighter in color and taste. Grade B is darker with a stronger maple flavor.
  • Honey: Adds a unique taste to dishes. When used in baking to replace sugar, honey adds moisture and density to baked items.
  • Brown rice syrup: It has the most delicate flavor of the liquid sweeteners and is a nice choice for salad dressings.

Granulated sweeteners

  • Date sugar: It can taste a bit like dates, but performs well in baked goods.
  • Evaporated cane juice: It can be found under brand names such as Sucanat, Rapidura or Florida crystals and is the closest in texture, flavor and performance to regular table sugar, adding both bulk and sweetness at comparable amounts.

When substituting a liquid sweetener for sugar in baking, reduce the total liquid in the recipe by ¼ cup. If there is no liquid listed in the recipe, add 3-5 tablespoons of flour for each ¾ cup liquid sweetener used.

With so many alternatives to experiment with in your own kitchen, you may find refined table sugar no longer such a necessary staple of your pantry.

- Misha Henshaw, dietetic intern, and Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University

FALL 2015
Have questions about a program?
Request information »

More Health Tips

Conserve resources and save money by cooking with less water.

Planning your picnic in advance can gives you more time to enjoy your family and the great outdoors.

Eating more fermented foods like lassi, kimchi and miso is a delicious way to boost your immune system and introduce good bacteria and important vitamins into your diet.

Be a part of the heirloom revolution! Heirlooms taste better, are adapted to local growing conditions, and can improve the security of our food system.

The more we can elongate our muscle fibers, the more we can ensure maximum functionality when it comes to movement through our daily lives.

In general, fish caught outside the Fukushima area have levels of radiation far below acceptable limits, but long-term effects of the disaster are still unknown.

Subscribe to Newsletters

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
2 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.