Consider Natural Sweeteners over Refined Sugar
There are any numbers of reasons that you may want to drop refinded sugars from your diet. There are some people who are looking for a slightly lower glycemic index in a sweetener while other just want to find something closer to nature. If you have decided to make a change to a natural sweetener, no matter what the reason is, you may be wondering what your options are.
Blue agave syrup is a great natural sweetener. Agave is the same plant used to make tequila. When compared to sugar in sweetness, blue agave is considerably sweeter. It takes 1/4 of the amount of agave to sweeten to the same level of sugar. This syrup can be produced organically. As far as flavor goes, agave syrup tastes like a mix of honey and vanilla. The flavor is very unique to agave. You will most likely have to get used to the flavor.
Sweet sorghum syrup is referred to molasses in some parts of the country even though it is not molasses. To create sorghum syrup the sorghum plants are pressed and the liquid is collected. The liquid is then boiled down to create the syrup. Sorghum also typically can be found organic because it can be grown without herbicides and insecticides. Sorghum syrup is high in iron, which is an added benefit. Sorghum syrup has a flavor similar to molasses but not quite as strong.
During the spring time of the year you can see people collecting sap for maple syrup. Maple syrup is a great natural sugar. The sap from the tree is collected and then boiled down to create syrup. Maple syrup contains high levels of manganese. It also contains zinc and calcium. These are all elements our body needs to function correctly. You may not know it but maple syrup is great in baking and also in sweetening drinks.
These are only three of many different options you have. Brown rice syrup is another option you may run across with the more common options of molasses and honey. You should not have a hard time finding a natural option that will work for you.