August 2, 2014 10:27 am Leave your thoughts
Aspartame, acesulfame (AK), sodium saccharin – they have no place at Naturally Good Food. Here’s why – and what we prefer to see on an ingredients list!
We don’t like artificial sweeteners because of their after-tastes, because of the side-effects (not all proven, but some at least well documented), because they’re used to make cheap poor-quality products even more cheaply, and because we believe that eating something that grows naturally out of the ground is always going to be preferable to making complex chemical reactions in a lab. (Though asking who takes milk and who takes potassium salt of 6-methyl-1,2,3-oxathiazine-4(3H)-one 2,2-dioxide does have a certain ring to it.)
We’re firmly of the opinion that actual, real sugar is better than any of these artificial chemicals (all, incidentally, discovered by scientists licking their fingers in labs. I hope they wear gloves nowadays). We stock sacks and sacks of sugar, of all kinds: if you’re ever tempted to get the chemistry set out and try to fuse two chemicals to make a sweet powder, think again. We have a sugar for every occasion!
- Organic granulated cane sugar: this is your standard, everyday sugar. We package this ourselves, into small and family-sized bags. Bulk bags are also available.
- Billington’s organic and non-organic caster sugar: a fine-flowing sugar with a subtle, buttery taste.
- Billington’s light brown soft sugar: with a lovely fudge-y taste, this is perfect for baking or adding to hot drinks.
- Light and dark muscovado sugars: from Billington’s and other suppliers, these are the world’s finest dark brown sugars, adding a real depth of flavour to your baking.
- Demerara sugar: sugar with some residual molasses content.
- Unrefined raw cane sugars: for real authenticity.
- Coconut palm sugar: one of our most beautifully flavoured sugars.
- Rapadura sugar: fine-grained, with a unique caramel flavour.
- Organic, unrefined icing sugar: in bulk bags and smaller packs.
Click here to see our full range of sugars.
But not everyone wants to use sugar, do they? And you certainly don’t have to all the time. That’s why we also have a great range of alternatives to sugar. Some of these you might already use – others may come as more of a surprise.
- Honey: perhaps the most obvious sugar alternative. We have a lovely range of honeys, for every taste.
- Syrups: as well as golden syrup, we have maple syrup, date syrup, rice malt syrup and coconut blossom nectar.
- Agave syrup: this really deserves its own category, because of its sheer popularity. We sell huge tubs of this, as well as smaller, individual sized cartons.
- Stevia powder: simply made from dried, ground stevia plant leaves, which are intensely sweet.
- Sukrin (which comes in granulated form; as Sukrin Gold for an alternative to brown sugar; as Sukrin Melis, for use as icing sugar; and as Sukrin Plus, incorporating stevia).
- Desserts sweetened with fermented grains: made in the Japanese tradition, these Amazake desserts are sweetened only by the natural action of the germinating rice, oats or millet themselves.
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This post was written by Sue