While we can mostly all agree that green vegetables are good for us, there are other areas under the paleo umbrella that get a little… sticky. The debate is out in the Paleo community about sweeteners; Are they allowed? Are some sweeteners better than others? Are there any benefits to consuming them?
At Kaeli-O-Kookies we lightly sweeten our treats with Organic Raw Honey and Organic Maple Syrup. These choices fit into our definition of natural sweeteners, in their purest state. Far from their sweet processed counterparts, there are actually quite a few benefits to these sweeteners.
Raw Honey is loaded with all the energizing B vitamins, immune boosting vitamin C, and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that fight free radicals.
Honey can be great for athletes who rely on carbohydrates for energy before and during training. The glucose found in honey can provide the same boost to athletes instead of consuming refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup found in many sports drinks. Our Kookies may be the perfect boost of energy during a long day of competing or in between multiple workout sessions.
Honey also has a lower Glycemic Index than white sugar. The lower the GI rating, the slower the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream and hence a more gradual and healthier digestion process.
Make sure to choose organic raw honey, which is quite different than “regular” honey. We find ours at Trader Joe’s, but other specialty food stores, certain grocery stores, and local farms should carry raw honey. Raw honey has not been heated to high temperatures to achieve that clear golden hue we are used to seeing in typical honey. They do this to make honey more appealing to consumers and easier to bottle. However, this heating (a form of pasteurization) removes nearly all of it’s beneficial vitamins and antioxidant properties. Raw honey is usually much thicker and cloudier and still contains all the pollen and benefits that honey can offer.
Not all sweets are created equal, and some can actually be beneficial! Grab a Kookie and feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth with the purest sweeteners out there.
Let us know your thoughts…
What is your take on sweeteners and how they fit into a healthy diet? Which kinds do you use and prefer?