Did you know that some types of sugar – including the plain white sugar you put in your coffee – is not vegan? Imagine! The sugar that you put right into your tea, cookies, and cakes – contains animal products!
Never fear, we’ve got a few sugar alternatives which are unquestionably vegan and that you can use right at home.
By: Isabella Milkes
Now some of you may be thinking: how is sugar not vegan?
According to peta.org, sugar that is not certified organic is not vegan because sugar is processed using a filter called bone char. Bone char, or natural carbon, is a “decolorizing filter” that gives sugar its white color. Bone char comes from the bones of cattle, therefore making sugar a non-cruelty-free product.
Nevertheless, we know that white sugar is not the healthiest to consume for your overall health anyway. This is why we came up with a list of 6 sugar alternatives that you can use to sweeten your life in a cruelty-free way.
1. Natural Cane Sugar
The difference between white sugar and natural cane sugar is that natural cane sugar is less processed than white sugar, and therefore, it can retain minerals, vitamins, and amino acids from the sugar cane. It works in every type of recipe and is much more accessible to find
than other sugar alternatives. Remember to buy organic cane sugar as, only then would it be cruelty-free.
2. Maple Syrup
Known as the perfect complement to your morning pancakes and waffles, maple syrup in moderation works as an alternative to regular sugar. Maple syrup contains 22% of your daily recommended value of manganese and 3.7% of your daily recommended value of zinc! It also pairs perfectly with homemade granola (my favorite!), oatmeal, and of course, in any of your favorite baking recipes.
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Known as nature’s candy, dates make the perfect dessert after lunch or dinner. Dates are rich in fiber, potassium, and copper. Most commonly found as a dried fruit, dates are super sweet. Blend dates with a little bit of water to create a date paste perfect for baking, or add them in muesli, granola, or enjoy them as a treat straight out of the bag.
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4. Blackstrap Molasses
Another derivative from sugar cane is blackstrap molasses. It is rich in iron and calcium, which benefits your blood and bone health. Also, blackstrap molasses contains the least amount of sugar in comparison to other sugar alternatives. Because of its lower sugar content, it does have a slightly bitter taste. Nonetheless, this sweetener pairs well with cakes, muffins, and breads.
The once-unknown sugar alternative has started to trend over the recent years: Stevia is a plant that obtains its sweetness from its leaves. It works as a sugar alternative for people who suffer from high blood sugar and offers many nutrients, including potassium, zinc, and
magnesium. Stevia is a great addition to your favorite beverages, such as tea, coffee, lemonade, or smoothies!
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6. Beet Sugar
Beet sugar is the result of having the juice of a beet extracted and then crystallized to make beet sugar. From a nutritional standpoint, regular sugar and beet sugar are very similar, with the exception that beet sugar is cruelty-free.
Now that you’ve got a few different vegan sugar alternatives in mind, you should have no problem stocking your pantry with sweeteners that are completely cruelty-free. So, go forth and live the sweet life!
Do you use any other vegan alternatives to plain white sugar? Share with us in the comments!