Everyone who’s anyone seems to be quitting sugar right now – except me. Bucking the trend I seem to have developed a raging addiction to after-lunch chocolate which is going to have to be nipped in the bud very, very soon. I don’t need to do any big diet makeover to make that happen though – I just need to stop having it in the house. After a couple of days of whining and post lunch grumpiness I’ll have broken the habit and that’ll be that.
For those with more established sweet tooths (teeth?) though, looking for sugar alternatives is big business right now and one of the latest offerings to appear is Palmyra Jaggery.
Made from the sap of the Palmyra palm tree it’s long been used in Ayurvedic medicine (for things like fighting fluid retention and digestive health), as a sugar substitute though its claims to fame include the fact that it’s 2-3 times sweeter than sugar so you only need to use a third to half the amount to get the same result. It contains vitamins including B12 and minerals including iron and with a GI measurement of 40 it’s classed as a low GI food.
Now, despite my current chocolate addiction I was a bit stuck while testing PJ (as I’m now calling it because I keep spelling it wrong) – I don’t normally eat sugar per se. I don’t add it to drinks, I don’t add it to porridge, I don’t bake so I couldn’t swap it in there, I therefore spent a lot of time staring at the packet thinking ‘now what’.
Now what came in the form of a particularly hungry evening watching Nashville on the television – I was nibbling my way through the contents of the fridge quite nicely. Now for some reason when this happens only one thing stops it – a cup of hot milk. And hot milk is the only thing in which I take sugar. So out came the PJ – and I can report that yes, it acts like sugar, it tastes like sugar and, to all intents of purposes is sugar. But under the health technicality clause it isn’t sugar!
If you want to give it a try, it’s produced by Conscious Food – see more on their website. www.consciousfood.co.uk