Do you know the difference between date sugar and “regular” sugar? Maybe you’ve seen the mysterious ingredient “date sugar” on an ingredients label and wondered what that was exactly. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered! Read on to learn all about this delicious and nutritious sugar substitute.
What is it?
Dates, as you probably know, are the fruit of the date palm tree, which typically grows in hot, dry regions such as the Middle East, India, and parts of northern Africa . Date sugar—also known as date powder—is just powdered dates! To make date sugar, dates are simply dehydrated and then ground into a granulated form, which makes them easier to use as a sugar substitute.
So how does date sugar compare to “regular” sugar? Aside from the fact that both taste sweet, conventional sugar and date sugar couldn’t be more different. Unlike “regular” refined sugar—that white stuff people spoon into their tea—date sugar is much less processed. Most conventional sugars are highly processed, as it takes a lot to turn sugar beets or sugar cane into the end product that you see in the supermarket! For example, conventional sugars are often bleached in the refining process and contain additives to help with crystallization .
Also, conventional sugar is all carbs, with zero vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients.
The Benefits of Date Sugar
Date sugar is not only sweet, but is also a nutritional superstar, especially In comparison to conventional sugar! For example, date sugar…
- Is a natural, unrefined food.
As we mentioned, date sugar is made from the raw, unrefined date fruit and undergoes virtually no processing (other than drying and grinding), which means that date sugar contains pretty much all the same benefits as dates! Minimal processing also means the process of making date sugar is less energy-intensive, which is better for the environment. Using the whole date (except the pit) also means less waste!
- Contains fibre.
Because the whole date is used to make date sugar, date sugar contains lots of fibre. As you may know, fibre feeds your good gut bacteria and has a whole host of other health benefits! Check out our article on fibre to learn more.
- Doesn’t spike your blood sugar.
Fibre has a stabilising effect on your blood sugar levels, which may be one of the reasons why dates have a lower glycemic index compared to table sugar . Amazingly, dates are one of the few sweet foods that don’t raise your blood sugar levels much when consumed in moderation .
- Is packed full of nutrients.
Dates, and therefore date sugar, are high in antioxidants, which prevent oxidative stress. Date sugar is also full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs, such as vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, copper, and iron .
- Tastes better!
Now, we might be a little biased, but for good reason! Date sugar has a lusciously warm caramel flavor, which makes it taste absolutely divine in baked goods or chocolate, or just on its own as a topping.
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder we’ve chosen to use date sugar in our naturally-sweetened, low-FODMAP milk chocolates!
Organic Fine Milk Chocolate
ACAZEN organic fine milk chocolate bars are bursting with rich chocolate-y notes and hints of ripe fruit. Sweetened with whole date powder, our chocolates are naturally sweet without any refined sugar! All our chocolates are also fortified with ACAZEN fibre for an extra gut health boost.
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