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Old 11-13-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Natural substitute for sugar

Are there natural substitutes for sugar that I can use (for example in sauces). The only thing that comes to my mind is honey.

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Old 11-14-2008, 11:08 AM   #2
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Thats pretty much it. You can use Stevia or Splenda too. Both are derived from sugar I believe. Sorry. I'm not much help on this one.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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What is the reason you want to use natural sugar. Sugars are contained in many natural items. You could also use unrefined or brown sugars, treacle, molasses or syrups, these all have different levels of refinement.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:00 PM   #5
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Depending on what you're making, you can use raw sugar, applesauce, or maple syrup.

Stevia is an herb. There is some controversy about whether it's safe or not.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:30 PM   #6
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What is the reason you want to use natural sugar. Sugars are contained in many natural items. You could also use unrefined or brown sugars, treacle, molasses or syrups, these all have different levels of refinement.
Why I want to use natural sugar instead of refined? Because it's healthier of course.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:34 AM   #7
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Sorry, I may have misphrased the question - what are you wanting to use the natural sugars for in your eating? Are you on a medical diet? - as I said you can go down the degrees of refinement - sugar is entirely natural, just processed to various degrees.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:36 AM   #8
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Why I want to use natural sugar instead of refined? Because it's healthier of course.
Not particularly Sugar is essentially empty calories, no matter which form you use. There might be trace amounts of some nutrients in less refined forms, but not enough to make it actually healthy compared to the calories it contains.

Here's more info: Sugar and sweeteners
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:41 AM   #9
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Stevia is an herb that is naturally sweet tasting. If you have a plant, you can use a leaf in your tea.
Honey can also be used for sweetening certain things, and I have heard that it's easier on diabetics than regular sugar, although I have not seen scientific evidence to back that up.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:58 PM   #10
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Why I want to use natural sugar instead of refined? Because it's healthier of course.
Really? The disaccharide, sucrose C12H22O11, is the same regardless of where it comes from - or how much, or little, it is refined.

The problem with "sugar" is the amount consumed (high in calories and low in nutrition) in lieu of nutritious foods.

As for sauces - only two I can think of off the top of my head that I make that use "sugars" are BBQ (I use brown sugar and molassas) and some tomato sauces where I use finely grated and minced carrots for their sugar and the other subtle flavors they bring to the pot.

As Constance noted - Stevia is an herb, not a natural sugar.
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