Looking to sweeten things up on your paleo diet? It’s easier than you would think! The options of paleo sweeteners are surprisingly vast considering you are on a sugar-free path. The hardest part of cutting refined sugar from your life for good will most likely be making everything from scratch!
Erythritol is a natural, paleo, sweetener that occurs in many fruits and fermented foods. It is produced from glucose during fermentation. Erythritol has almost zero calories and does not affect blood sugar or cause tooth decay. In fact, it is 70% as sweet as sugar and partially absorbed by the body. Erythritol can be purchased as different sweetener names in many grocers, but you should always be sure to get a non-GMO version. Many sweeteners that contain erythritol are made from GMO corn stalks.
One of the most popular paleo sweeteners is honey. Honey is simple. As long as you are purchasing local organic honey, which is always best! Honey lends itself well to nearly all instances and is typically a pantry stable for most everyone. Honey is twice as sweet as refined sugar and contains approximately 80% carbohydrates. Unlike erythritol, honey does affect blood sugar and can easily cause a spike in blood sugar levels.
Maple syrup has become an extremely popular paleo sweetener. As with most paleo sweeteners, it is extremely important to be sure that you are purchasing 100% pure maple syrup that hasn’t gone through an extensive pasteurization process. Maple syrup is healthy in moderation and lends itself to many flavors, especially for sweetening up your favorite fall spice treats or creating a phenomenal glaze.
Coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar, is from the flower of the coconut palm. The liquid is extracted from the flower and then heated until the water has evaporated. It does, however, have a lower glycemic index than traditional table sugar. Coconut sugar can be used as a 1:1 ration to traditional sugar.