The Sweet Spot

A question I get asked a LOT is "what's the deal with sweeteners?"

In the low-fat craze of the 90s, Sweet N Low was in it's heyday as the zero calorie, guilt free sweetener for coffees, teas, even baking. Now we know that artificial sweeteners like saccharin (the main ingredient in Sweet N Low) and aspartame are linked to hormonal imbalances, chronic disease, even cancer. As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is! But if you have a sweet tooth, fear not. There are high-vibe ways to get some sweetness in your life, you just have to know what they are! I've put together a little cheat sheet to give you the scoop on my favorites.

LOCAL HONEY - This is the top of my list, in fact I had some at breakfast today! I often recommend a teaspoon of honey for a sore throat (my version of "a spoonful of sugar"), because of the antimicrobial properties it contains. With a lower GI index than sugar, it does not cause the same spike in your blood sugar. Unpasteurized raw local honey contains natural enzymes and may even help protect you from area allergens. WIN!

STEVIA - Plant derived stevia is SUPER sweet so use sparingly. I love that it comes right from a plant, and has anti oxidative properties. There is also research to support it having little effect on blood sugar. I use a liquid version - make sure it says 100% stevia!

MAPLE SYRUP - I use this in place of sugar for baking due to the low glycemic index. I buy the organic version from our local warehouse store.

Try these for yourself and let me know what you think!