An Alternative to High-Fructose Corn Syrup
It seems as more consumers are realizing that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad for them, food production companies are taking it out of their products. This is great news. But how are manufacturers going to replicate that sweet flavor that got so many Americans hooked in the first place?
Snapple recently announced its decision to replace HFCS with sugar to lower the calorie content. The ingredients will now read: water, sugar, citric acid, tea and natural flavors. Is this really better? Sugar is still a refined product that contributes to many of the preventable diseases Americans suffer from today.
Since Snapple teas are known for their sweet flavors, it would be hard for them to take out the sweet factor, but what about a healthier alternative?
Here are a few sugar alternatives:
Agave Nectar is made from the juice of agave cactus and is 1.4 times sweeter than refined sugar, but does not create a sugar rush.
Date Sugar consists of finely ground, dehydrated dates and comes in a granulated form.
Brown Rice Syrup consists of brown rice that has been ground and cooked, converting the starches to maltose. You may need to use up to 50% more brown rice syrup than the amount of sugar you would normally need.
Do you have a favorite alternative sweetener?