Date sugar , also called date sweetener, is a specialty among the various sugar alternatives. Birch sugar (also called xylitol and xylitol), stevia extract, stevia leaves, coconut blossom sugar, yacon powder and palm sugar all serve more or less as sugar substitutes. Unlike the sugar alternatives mentioned above, date sugar is a wholesome food. Because it consists of dried and ground dates. And that’s why with the sugar you also take all the nutrients that dates provide.
What nutrients does date sugar have?
Dates contain potassium, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc, as well as vitamins B3 and B6. On 100g, date sugar has the following composition – and because of the fiber, a low glycemic index of about 45-50 compared to other sugars (the glycemic index, or glyx, is a measure used to determine the effect of a carbohydrate-containing food on blood sugar levels – the higher the value, the more sugar is in the blood):
|Calorific value||1399 kJ / 330 kcal|
|Of which saturated fatty acids||0,10 g|
|Of which sugar||72,6 g|
|Dietary fiber||9,9 g|
|Salt||< 0,100 g|
How does date sugar taste?
Date sugar tastes, as you would expect, of dates … but also like caramel. Super good! Date sugar is also much softer in taste than sugar. In my opinion, the sweetness is much more natural and pleasant than the usual household sugar.
How do I use date sugar?
Date sugar can in principle be used as a sugar substitute. However, it does not dissolve as well in liquids as sugar. Therefore, one must pay attention to whether the sugar must dissolve well for the intended use. Date sugar sinks into tea or coffee and you should stir briefly in the cup before each sip so that the powder is distributed.