Can Grapefruit Juice Replace Sugar in Recipes?
Have you been thinking about using grapefruit or grapefruit juice to cook with? People who have health conditions like diabetes, or who choose to follow strict dietary guidelines that prevent them from eating foods like animal products, refined flour or processed sugar often look for ways to substitute ingredients that they can have for the ingredients in their favorite recipes that they can't have. Sometimes the items that are suggested as substitutes don't really taste the same in the dish, such as using applesauce as a binding agent instead of eggs. But using grapefruit juice, orange juice, or other citrus fruit juice as a substitute for sugar often works out just fine. The trick to successfully substituting fruit juice for sugar in your favorite recipes is to reduce the amount of liquid that you're using in the recipe so that the dish doesn't come out too soft or too liquid like.
Nutritionists often recommend that people who are trying to lose weight, as well as those who are trying to follow a strict dietary for health reasons or due to their personal beliefs, use all natural fresh squeezed grapefruit juice or citrus juice instead of sugar in their cooking. Just make sure that the juice is fresh squeezed. Frozen or prepared orange juice and citrus fruit juices often have refined sugar added as a preservative. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice or citrus fruit juice has only natural fruit sugars which are easy for your body to break down so always use fresh squeezed juice in cooking. Eating too much refined sugar can cause blood sugar spikes and it can cause weight gain because the human body has a hard time breaking down artificial sweeteners and processed sugars. If the body can't break those sugars down, or if there is more sugar than the body needs, that sugar will get stored as fat. Natural fruit sugars are easy for the body to break down so rarely end up getting stored as fat.
So the next time you're cooking for family and friends who have diabetes or who are trying to limit their intake of processed sugar or if you want to start eating less processed sugar yourself go ahead and use grapefruit juice, orange juice, or even tangerine juice in your cooking. You can create delicious desserts, savory and sweet sauces, and wonderful baked goods that have just a hint of refreshing citrus flavor. And best of all they will all be healthy.