Nutritional Information > NOURISHING SWEETENERS
Sweeteners are not all created equal.
As a matter of fact there is only a very short list of sweeteners that are reasonably healthy, and even among those, most carry some downsides.
Therefore, rule number one is to use very little sweetening. Rule number two is to only use natural sugars originating from living organisms in their raw or unprocessed form.
At HNINA we have narrowed down our search to three sweeteners in their natural, raw and unprocessed form.
When combined with our organic fair trade single origin raw cacao, sprouted nuts and seeds and pure vanilla, they yield the ultimate healthy chocolate.
Our CBD raw dark chocolate bars are sweetened with natural strong dark brown pure maple syrup which comes from the Maple tree.
Our non-CBD raw dark chocolate bars are sweetened with raw honey or pure maple syrup and our sprouted organic nuts and seeds are coated in pure maple syrup for both our truffles and snacks line. Our sprouted spreads are sweetened with real dates.
Our sweeteners are unprocessed and un-refined. At HNINA we believe in nature when untouched and perfect.
PURE MAPLE SYRUP
Our maple syrup is from Vermont or Canada and is a very intense dark brown with very strong caramel flavors.
Our maple syrup is also certified organic and kosher. Maple syrup is not raw though because it is extracted with heat. The good news is that you can heat maple syrup without losing its health benefits. Pure maple syrup is also unprocessed and pure even if not raw.
Health benefits of maple syrup come from various minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, and zinc, as well as vitamins which include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6.
The glycemic index for maple syrup is about 54.
This means that one benefit of maple syrup nutrition is that it impacts your blood sugar levels less drastically than sugar does.
Maple syrup is loaded with antioxidants such as gallic acid, benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, and various flavanols such as catechin, epicatechin, quercetin and rutin. It is also anti-inflammatory (polyphenol antioxidants) and is amazing for the skin.
Maple syrup has a low fructose content.
Raw honey is by far healthier that coconut sugar or agave nectar which are processed sugars. Raw honey does not cause a sugar spike and elevated insulin release like refined sugar.
The honey must be raw. It cannot be radiated or pasteurized because when you heat honey, it becomes sugar. Commercial honey is often heavily processed and may even have been chemically refined. Excessive heat destroys its natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Filtering and processing eliminates many of the beneficial phytonutrients including pollen and enzyme-rich propolis.
The honey we chose is raw and certified organic. It is extremely challenging to find such honey. We found only three places in the world where organic raw honey is available: Mexico, Canada and New Zealand.
Raw honey is so good for you.
It is actually considered a “functional food”, which means it is a food with health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Raw honey indeed contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, selenium and calcium.
Vitamins found in raw honey include riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, thiamin, and niacin.
In addition, the nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralize free radical damage. Raw honey also promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestine and reduces homocysteine levels to maintain a healthy heart. Still despite the fact that it is so good for you, you need to not eat too much of it.
The honey glycemic index for one tablespoon equals to 55.. Raw honey is 30.
Dates are very sweet and loaded with nutrients. Dates contain minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. They are amazing for energy boost (and help with anemia), constipation, digestion, bone health and nervous system.
Their glycemic index is 42: so a little goes a long way. That’s why we use them very sparingly.
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