Refined White Sugar Alternatives

Remember that refined sugar includes not only “sugar”, as listed in ingredient listings, but also the brown sugar that is sold in the baking aisle in the regular grocery store. Other refined sweeteners to avoid are high fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose, dextrose, and all artificial sweeteners.

Hidden sources of white sugar are in mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressings, and other condiments, unless you get them at health food stores. When you have finished the condiments that are in your fridge make a point to replace them with the white-sugar-free versions.

A more obvious source of white sugar is in your jams and jellies. There are now many all-fruit varieties sweetened with concentrated grape or apple juice. There are also jams that are sweetened with honey, dehydrated cane juice, or unrefined cane sugar.

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Refined White Sugar Alternatives

How do you modify your old recipes to eliminate refined white sugar?

Replace the sugar with half the amount of raw sugar (dehydrated cane juice (e.g. Sucanat, or turbinado), or half the amount of honey or maple syrup (but reduce the liquid amount by one quarter cup for every cup of honey or maple syrup used).

To sweeten you can also use rice syrup, barley malt, date sugar, dried fruit, fresh fruit, fruit juice, or even rice milk. Using sweeter flours like oat or teff also lends a natural sweetness to baked goods.