Vegan Alternatives to Honey

Vegan Alternatives to Honey

Is honey a vegan product or not? What are the alternatives to it? You will find the answers to these questions in this material. We will also tell you how easy it is to replace honey.

Is honey vegan or not?

There is often heated debate on this topic. However, the answer is obvious – no! Honey is vital to bees and they don’t give it away voluntarily. In the production of regular honey, many insects suffer and die. Veganism involves the maximum rejection of foods that are exploited and killed by animals, so honey, as well as wax, pollen, royal jelly, and propolis, are unacceptable.

Suffering bees during mass breeding

  • As with other livestock products, honey production is profit-driven. Bees are kept in the same unfavorable and unnatural conditions as other animals in mass breeding:

They are genetically manipulated and stressed

Beekeepers brutally artificially fertilize queen bees

When collecting honey, insects are often injured: they damage their wings or their legs are torn off

  • In order to get enough honey, beekeepers prevent bees from swarming. They shorten the wings of the uterus so that it cannot leave one hive and settle in another.

Bees need honey themselves

Honey is essential for bees to survive. To produce it, many thousands of bees must work hard in the hive. Honey, made from pollen and nectar, contains nutrients that are vital for bees (especially in winter). Beekeepers take honey from bees and replace them with artificial honey. As a result, bees lack nutrients and become susceptible to disease.

Bees are important

We must protect bees for environmental reasons, as they are essential for the preservation of flora and fauna. If the bees disappear, there will be one-third fewer cultivated plants and about a 90% reduction in the number of wild ones.

 

Vegan Honey: An Overview of Alternatives

Dried fruits

Dried apricots, figs, dates, raisins, and cherries will sweeten your porridge or muesli

They are suitable for baked goods and desserts

They can be bought at the supermarket

Maple syrup

It is low in calories

Goes well with various desserts (e.g. pancakes)

Contains more nutrients than honey

Sold in supermarkets and health food stores

Beet syrup

Good as a spread or sweetener in exotic dishes

You can cook it yourself (boil the beet juice over low heat until it boils down 2 times, add sugar in a ratio of 2 to 1, stir over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, cool, and pour into a bottle). Or order from the online store.

Agave syrup: what is it?

Agave is a genus of monocotyledonous plants of the Agave subfamily of the Asparagus family. They require a dry and hot climate, which is why they are grown mainly in South America. Making agave syrup is similar to making other sweeteners – squeeze the agave juice and boil until it becomes syrup.

Agave syrup is a good substitute for honey, as it tastes mild too, and can be used in many ways. However, agave syrup contains a lot of fructose and may not be suitable for allergy sufferers.

When baking, honey can be replaced with agave syrup, as they have approximately the same sweetness and consistency. When substituting agave syrup for sugar, keep in mind that syrup is a liquid ingredient!

It can also be found in supermarkets and health food stores.

Rice syrup

Suitable for allergy sufferers

Does not contain fructose, it can be used as a sweetener and also for baking

  • Can be ordered in the online store

Coconut syrup

Has a low glycemic index

Natural sweetener for desserts and drinks (e.g. smoothies and cocktails)

  • Can be ordered in the online store

Dandelion syrup, or dandelion “honey”

A great alternative to honey – dandelion syrup has similar properties

Can be ordered from the online store or prepared by yourself

Apple syrup

Has a neutral taste, so it can be used in different dishes

Can be ordered from the online store or prepared by yourself

Few facts about stevia

The indigenous population of South America has been using stevia for several hundred years for making drinks and in traditional medicine. Stevia is a frost-hardy plant mainly grown in Thailand, Laos, and Indonesia. However, in Canada, stevia occupies large areas. In Europe, stevia grows in Mediterranean countries such as Spain, France, and Portugal.

Stevia is much sweeter than regular sugar. At the same time, stevia is not high in calories, does not contain sugar, and can regulate blood sugar levels, therefore it is suitable for people with diabetes. Stevia can be used as a substitute for honey in drinks, desserts, and baked goods.

 

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