Dr Oz: Healthy Sugar Substitutes
Dr Oz explained that he wanted to help his viewers satisfy their sweet tooth while still staying healthy by sharing his sugar substitutes that taste good. Learn what you can do to remove sugar from your tomato sauce and sweeten your coffee.
Dr Oz: Tomato Sauce Substitute — Carrots & Onions
The first idea Dr Oz got from one of his viewers named Maggie was to use carrots and onions instead of sugar in her tomato sauce. She grates up a half cup each of carrots and onions, which together has about 46 calories. When heated, the vegetables caramelize which give them a nice, sweet taste.
Maggie thinks her tomato sauce is so good, it could fool an Italian grandma. Dr Oz had three Italian grandmothers try tomato sauce made with sugar and tomato sauce made with carrots and onions, and asked them if they could tell the difference. They first claimed that they were eating gravy, not sauce, but said they could definitely tell the difference. They said one was extremely sweet and voted that the one made with carrots and onions tasted much better.
Dr Oz: Date Paste To Sweeten Coffee
Next, Dr Oz shared that a viewer named Kirsten told him that her cup of coffee is still super sweet with date paste instead of sugar. Dr Oz shared that one teaspoon of date paste is only eight calories, which is half that of what’s in sugar. You can make a paste yourself by blending dates, or buy it already made. Just put the paste into your mug and then pour in the coffee to melt the paste.
Dr Oz wanted to put it to the test so he welcomed three baristas to his show to try a cup of coffee made with sugar, and one made with date paste to see if they could tell the difference and which one tasted better. One of the women said she was 60% coffee but honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Dr Oz said it was a good thing they couldn’t tell.