Added sugars contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. For this reason, they are called “empty” calories. A high-sugar diet may cause more harm by bringing your body on the verge of various dreadful diseases. Artificial sweeteners though low on calorie count, are high on side effects.
Thus there is always a need for a low-calorie natural sweetener, but without all the side effects and Lucuma powder is the newest healthy sweetener in town. It is derived from the Lucuma fruit after drying it in low temperatures and thereafter powdering it.
The benefits of Lucuma as a sweetener over sugar and artificial sweeteners include:
1. Lucuma powder is a natural sweetener
Lucuma powder is not an artificial sweetener. Recently artificial sweeteners (Aspartame) have come into much criticism as its intake beyond the permissible limit (not more than 40 to 50 milligram per kg body weight per day) has been associated with serious adverse effects like migraines, vision alterations, nausea, cancer, depression and other side effects. Lucuma being natural sweetener is devoid of all such side effects and is completely safe for consumption.
2. Lucuma powder has low-calorie content than sugar
100 g of sugar has 387 calories whereas 100 g of Lucuma powder has 329 calories. That means a calorie cut down of 58 per 100 g of sweetener.
3. Provides better nutrition
Lucuma powder is not only a source of energy but also a source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are also amply present in Lucuma powder. Lucuma is gluten-free and has low glycemic index.
4. Healthier than sugar
Due to the presence of valuable nutrients, consuming Lucuma powder is far healthier than consuming sugar and artificial sweeteners. Besides being an energy supplier, Lucuma is good for muscles, bones, digestive system, and skin and for weight management. Presence of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements makes it good for the immune system and nervous system.
5. Therapeutic properties of Lucuma powder
Besides being rich in essential nutrients, Lucuma contains antioxidants and antimicrobial and antifungal agents which render it several therapeutic properties. Intake of Lucuma benefits in the following ways:
- Lowers inflammation (Antioxidants)
- Reduces constipation (Good fiber content)
- Reduces free radicals and toxins (Antioxidants)
- Fights cancer cells (Antioxidants)
- Controls diabetes (Low glycemic and gluten content)
- Helps in wound healing (Antifungal and antimicrobial)
- Reduces stress and depression (Nervous system health)
How to use Lucuma powder?
Lucuma powder is easy to store and has a long shelf life. Lucuma powder is convenient to use in recipes in substitution for other sugar types. The powder has a similar consistency to flour and can add a creaminess to certain foods. For this reason, it is particularly used in desserts, like puddings, custards, mousse and ice creams
So, start using this new sweetener to sweeten your life the healthy way.