We choose the sweeteners responsibly, to be non-toxic and with a Low GI (Glycemic Index).
Dates have long been used as sweeteners and a quick snack, or meal even, for centuries. They are cholesterol-free and very low in fat. Plus they’re energy boosters, making them a suitable snack for the health-conscious. Also, they’re rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, A1 and C, proteins, dietary fiber, iron (11 percent), potassium (16 percent), calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. The soluble and insoluble fibers and amino acids present in dates can also help to improve the digestive system.
Dates are whole foods, but, by weight, they are 80 percent pure sugar. To understand date sugar from the whole food, Israeli scientists took a bunch of people, stuffed them full of dates for a month and measured what happened: they determined that their subjects have no adverse effects on blood sugar or weight, and they had beneficial improvements in triglycerides and antioxidant stress levels.
Also, the B6 vitamin in dates has been shown by JAMA Internal Medicine to improve brain performance and better test scores.
In its purest form, dried fruit is just fresh fruit with the water removed. Dehydration, in fact, causes some nutrients to become more concentrated. A 2005 study in Journal of the American College of Nutrition revealed that antioxidants in dried cranberries, grapes, and plums are twice as potent as those in the fresh fruits.
Agave – syrup
Agave syrup is high in fructose and low on the glycemic index, making it a better option than refined sugar.
To save on calories, we only use it when it is necessary and since agave is sweeter then any other sweetener, 2 tablespoon is enough to make a delicious normal size (22 cm) cake.