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how best to sweeten my baked paleo goods? i am so confused about fructose!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

So, i am so confused about fructose!

The other day i was so happy with myself for finding and baking a paleo muffin recipe that was only sweetened with overripe bananas...but with all this fructose talk as of late, would I have been better off using cane sugar? rice syrup? agave? maple? honey? I am soo confused. Can someone please tell me what to use and WHY?

and no i don't normally partake in paleo baked goods..as I've got a little weight to lose..but they were a special treat.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 14, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Wanted to add that if I need to use a sweetener for a specific purpose it's coconut sugar, coconut nectar, honey, and I have a package of date sugar in my cupboard that I'm eyeballing but have yet to break into.

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:42 PM

honey has more nutrients than pure sugar, add nutrients to sugar, like chocolate, and the negative effects disappear...experiments with animals eating pure sugar doesn't give us a clear picture to what happens when someone eats a real meal

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:35 PM

It's the original unprocessed "refined" sugar.

58a49b7e6356bd3eaaefed676445b720

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Honey has a higher % of fructose than HFCS . . .

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

It's also as unprocessed (by humans) as sugar can get.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 14, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Spoken like a kung foo master!

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Can you share the recipe, please?

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I have never seen one study that shows fructose from fruits or honey is harmful. Even the negatives associated with white sugar pretty much disappear if you eat in a meal(i.e. baked good).

Don't let the fear mongers scare you.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 14, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Spoken like a kung foo master!

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 14, 2011
at 02:01 PM

In my opinion, it's better to naturally sweeten any foods rather than using a substitute. Most whole fruits, which are totally fiber rich too, tend to be low in their GL as well. Another benefit of using fruit to sweeten over added sugars, is the sugar that naturally occurs in food are part of their total nutrient package.

Cinnamon, coconut, applesauce, fresh juice, fruit reductions, even carrots will sweeten nicely.

I think you did aces :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 14, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Wanted to add that if I need to use a sweetener for a specific purpose it's coconut sugar, coconut nectar, honey, and I have a package of date sugar in my cupboard that I'm eyeballing but have yet to break into.

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:57 PM

I think ripe bananas are great for a sweetener; probably one of the more nutritious choices you could make. If it's a special treat, I wouldn't worry about it too much, it ain't worth the cortisol ;) I used to use agave but apparently it's basically the cactus equivalent of HFCS.

I've had a few friends switch over to paleo, and I always encourage them that when they're just getting started on it, focus on eating real food, then tweak stuff later (macronutrients, fruit intake, PUFA ratios, etc.) That worked well for me because it helped me from being overwhelmed right out of the gate.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Chris Masterjohn on Honey and Fructose:

http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2010/10/high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-sweet.html

This dude is a genius. If you don't feel like reading the post, honey is far superior to table sugar and HFCS. Honey seems to affect the body much in the same way that starches do. As an added bonus, using local honey from your farmers market seems to be extremely helpful for limiting the severity of seasonal allergies.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:42 PM

honey has more nutrients than pure sugar, add nutrients to sugar, like chocolate, and the negative effects disappear...experiments with animals eating pure sugar doesn't give us a clear picture to what happens when someone eats a real meal

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

It's also as unprocessed (by humans) as sugar can get.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:35 PM

It's the original unprocessed "refined" sugar.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:32 PM

I use local raw honey. Or if it's made of something like pumpkin, sweet potato, or banana, it doesn't even need extra sweetening.

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:52 PM

As long as these aren't a habit, don't worry about it. Bananas and honey would probably be the better choices. Agave is very high in fructose - don't be fooled by the marketing.

58a49b7e6356bd3eaaefed676445b720

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Honey has a higher % of fructose than HFCS . . .

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Ae4d2eb4ca16ca45d98cd199837de092

on October 14, 2011
at 02:37 PM

Palm Sugar! From coconut. Low GI. A little carby, but less than any other sweeteners I've encountered. I highly recommend trying it out.

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