When it comes to cooking Paleo diet friendly desserts, most people are a little confused. Chiefly when it comes to what you can use as a sweetener. Some people believe that we shouldn’t use any at all. Whilst others suggest a little won’t harm us.
But why is it they often consider such as being non-compliant?
If you eat such too often, it can cause you to gain weight. Plus, you may well find that your blood glucose levels go up.
Yet it wasn’t until around 50 years ago that the use of sweeteners became more popular. In around the same time we have seen an increase in the number of people who have become overweight and also become diabetic.
So it makes sense we don’t eat too many sweet things. But never should we be following the same diet that other people do. I am someone who isn’t overweight or diabetic. As a result, I am one of those people who can indulge in using sweeteners.
I do eat sweeteners regularly and have stayed the same weight throughout the last 30 years. But I am someone who exercises regularly (attend HIIT sessions twice a week). I also have a dog that needs walking regularly.
So I am someone who cannot tell you that including sweeteners in your Paleo diet is okay or not. It all depends on your reasons for choosing to follow this lifestyle.
If you are wanting to include a Paleo diet friendly sweetener in your diet, then you need to read on. I will explain more about the difference between the different ones you can use if you wish.
These are the kind that has not been processed. The ones you will find occur naturally in nature.
Just because it says it is a natural sweetener on the packet, doesn’t mean it is. Most of these undergo a lot of processing and refining. This makes them far from natural.
This is a wonderful natural sweetener. You may even find as some suggest using a locally sourced one will help to reduce hay fever symptoms.
Yes, it is natural, but raw honey can still cause problems with insulin levels in your body. This is because as a food it closely resembles sugar. Within it, you’ll see that around 50% of it is fructose. As for the other 50%, 44% of this is glucose and 1% is sucrose. So limit the amount you use.
Again look for one that is as natural as possible. They extract this sweetener from the sap of the maple tree. In fact, it has been a common ingredient in the diet of Native Americans.
If you are thinking of using this as a Paleo diet friendly sweetener there is one thing you need to know of. This has a high carb content and also contains a lot more fructose. As an alternative to syrup when cooking try Maple water instead. But you may find that it doesn’t offer enough sweetness in your food.
Of all the Paleo sweeteners people talk about these days this one is up there. This one comes from a herb and contains no sugar molecules. Therefore, it makes it such a wonderful alternative to sugar.
The problem is that the green leaf version isn’t all the common. Instead, you’ll often find it comes in white powder form. As a result, it has been highly processed and refined. Important when following Paleo you avoid this sweetener at all costs.
If you do want to use Stevia when cooking then look for it in its most unadulterated form. I would go for it in liquid (glycerin) form. But before buying check the label.
If it contains ingredients such as maltodextrin or erythritol in it don’t use it. Both of which can lead to digestive problems.
Luckily these days it is possible to buy both the plants and seeds. There are quite a few places online that sell them these days. Now grow your own and use the leaves from the plant to sweeten not just tea but other foods.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to grow your own, there are some great stevia powders now available. You’ll find that this is the perfect sweetener for you to incorporate into your Paleo meals.
As with most things I would suggest that you eat these in moderation. If you are trying to lose weight, then don’t smother your Paleo diet friendly pancakes in honey or maple syrup each morning.
Also, it is important that you listen to the way your body reacts when you use such. We are all different and so much can have a different effect on every one of us.
I hope that this helped to clarify matters a little further about whether to include Paleo diet friendly sweeteners in your diet. It is best to select the one that is readily convenient where you live. This will help to ensure that the one you are using doesn’t contain that many chemicals. Plus, it will also be one that contains plenty of nutrients that your body needs.
Where I live I go for local raw honey. Unfortunately, when it comes to Maple syrup, the only varieties available are the refined kinds. If you have access to maple syrup, make sure you go the Grade B variety. You’ll find that this is a much darker as it contains so many more nutrients.
Along with the 3 Paleo diet friendly sweeteners, I’ve mentioned above, there is another one I love to use regularly when creating sweet dishes. But this is a spice and the one I love using regularly is cinnamon. I love to use it when I’m making myself some banana pancakes without the flour. As well as adding some sweetness into this dish, it is very advantageous to my health.