With obesity in the UK on the rise over recent years, weight loss and healthy living have been at the forefront of everyone’s mind, especially since the end of the pandemic. Cutting out sugars and other unhealthy foods from your diet is a key way to help you lose weight or just maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Unfortunately, healthy alternatives or reduced sugar foods, often taste like they’re missing something. This deters a lot of people from dieting and healthy eating in general.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re looking to cut down on your sugar intake and focus on natural healthy sugars, we have a solution! Whether it’s for a weight loss plan or just to start eating healthier, Madhūka can help you find a yummy way to cut down!
Madhūka – a delicious sugar alternative
Madhūka, an amazing ingredient originating from the flower of the Mahua tree, has been hidden away in rural Southern Asia for centuries. Here at ōForest, we’ve collaborated with the local population, introducing sustainable farming methods, and improving their quality of life. Finally starting to farm these amazing flowers for ourselves to bring you one of the newest, most natural and best-tasting sugar alternatives money can buy, straight from India.
By roasting these flowers and grinding them down into a fine powder, we take these flowers’ natural sweetness and nutty caramel flavour and can use them as a delicious sugar alternative. Crunchy Nibs made before the powder is processed can also be eaten on their own as a healthy, great-tasting snack or a textural topping for breakfasts and desserts!
Whilst not cutting out sugars completely, Madhūka focuses on the sugars that are good for your body. It doesn’t contain sucrose, the main sugar ingredient used in mass-produced sugary drinks and foods – bad sugars if you will.
Switching out sugar with Madhūka is not a completely sugar-free sugar alternative. However, it allows you to cut down on unhealthy sugars, and reduce your daily sugar intake whilst bringing along the added benefits of the natural flower. This includes: high fibre, vitamins and minerals such as potassium, manganese and vitamin B3, alongside providing a natural, burnt caramel flavour to your food.
Cooking with Madhūka
Even something as simple as switching out the sugar you add to your tea and coffee to Madhūka powder can have a great impact on your overall daily sugar intake.
We’ve put together a bunch of fun recipes you can try out if you’re looking to be much more adventurous with your Madhūka experiments. These all have Madhūka used as a natural flavour enhancer, which allows you to cut down on the amount of sugar added to the dishes! Try some today!