Okay.. Sugar. I'm totally baffled by this one and can't figure it out.
I know I'm not supposed to have sugar and as far as food goes I'm okay with that. I just use 1 and a half teaspoons in a large cup of tea (I'm in love with earl grey tea and will probably never stop drinking it.. ever) I don't drink tea very often anymore maybe 1 cup a day sometimes none at all.
My question is.. what kind of sugar is the healthiest kind? Is there any difference?
I started using brown sugar when I ran out of the refined white because I refused to buy another bag. Now I'm running out of that and I'm not sure what to use next.
I tried using raw honey but I didn't really like the taste, although I could probably get used to it after awhile. I thought about using pure maple syrup but of course that would give it a maple flavour. Maybe it would taste good in coffee? I don't drink coffee very often, maybe once a week or less. I'm mostly interested in what I should be putting in my tea.
I found this Organic Coconut Palm Sugar at bulk barn and decided to give it a try. Its clumpy but looks like brown sugar. The description on the product says "Organic coconut palm sugar is a natural sweetener and is derived from extracting the sap of palm trees. Because of it's low glycemic index and high nutrient profile, organic coconut palm sugar is gaining popularity in a wide array of uses, catering to sugar conscious consumers." After reading that I was hooked. I bought a scoop and gave it a try it's not too sweet so I had to use more (2 teaspoons instead of 1.5) so I'm thinking that's going to be an expensive option. It was like 4x more expensive than brown sugar. Is it worth it?
What other sugar options are there?
Does anything else really differ that much from plain old brown sugar? What about the darker grainy pebbly type of brown sugar? It looks less processed so I thought about trying that. My mom used to buy it at the health food store when I was a kid and now I see it on the grocery shelf next to regular brown sugar.
I'm not really interested in sweeteners or stevia. Just doesn't appeal to me even if they claim to be "natural" I still think they are artificial in some way and I'm a little hesitant to try anything thats really new to the market.
I'm not trying to lose weight and don't have any medical conditions I just want to be a bit healthier overall.