What to use instead of glucose syrup?

Sugar is a staple in many households around the world. It has been used for centuries and has always been an essential ingredient in cooking, baking, and beverages. As time passed by, people started to realize that sugar had some negative effects on health – this gave birth to the need for substitutes. One such substitute is glucose syrup – but what if you are looking for alternatives? Well, you have come to the right place because we are going to tell you about some amazing alternatives!


Honey is an incredibly healthy natural sweetener with antibacterial properties that suggest it can soothe sore throats while also boosting immunity against bacteria [1]. It contains enzymes and antioxidants which make it a great alternative instead of store-bought sweeteners.

Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is another popular natural sweetener famous widely among vegans as it substitutes honey [2]. One thing worth noticing before using agave nectars as a replacement for sugar: their glycemic index level; they tend to be higher than your average household sugar due to its fructose content.

Maple Syrup

You don’t have access or like regular sugar? Why not opt-in for something sweeter yet healthier – maple syrup! Once called “Canada’s liquid gold,” maple syrup comes from sap harvested from sugarcane trees in forests across Canada [3]. With its nutty flavor profile containing vibrant caramel notes, this alternative may give your pancakes’ sweetness just enough depth without adding superfluous amounts of processed substance.

Brown Rice Syrup

Yes, brown rice can be made into syrup too and serves as an excellent additive when providing baked goods with supplementary texture since brown rice-based syrups possess less moisture than most sugars [4].

Barley Malt Syrup

This naturally extracted maltose-rich sticky substance obtained after barley grain sprouting whisking makes it great for baking and candy making, especially if you are looking to add a rich molasses taste [5].


Looking for calorie-free sweeteners? One of the best alternatives is Stevia! Because it contains glycosides that offer anywhere from 200-400 times sweeter than store-bought table suga as just a few drops build intensity resulting in excessive sweetness.


Stevia extract typically comes mixed with other alternative sweeteners such as erythritol. Erythritol is perfect when balance good flavor profile without adding calories or paying attention to your GI level enabling you to decor your coffee, baked goods or anything else needing sugar-like replacement optimal results [6].


Xylitol seems like an identical twin copycat alikesugar-alike substance until its derived product which breaths stronger metabolism fighting benefits by increasing fat burning rate thus impacting positively on human weight management programs unlike Sugar alcohol versions like Maltitol and Isomalt causing discomfort in some people through amplified digestive problems with multiple symptoms including stomach cramps or diarrhea[7][8]. Therefore opting-in for Xylitol may see better outcome avoidance issues around digestion found in recent studies suggesting better tolerability rates among those using this replacement option.

Final Thoughts

All these natural substitutes provide exceptional choices when replacing glucose syrup – take charge of your health today and try them out. Not only will they satisfy your cravings but they also bring along additional health benefits lacking in traditional sugar staples. So why wait? Get up and start experimenting with all these fantastic options today!

Keywords: Healthy Alternatives, Natural Sweetener, Glucose Syrup Replacement

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