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Tips To Prepare Sugar Free Tomato Pie

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Tomato pieRipe and red tomatoes are an indispensible part of a sweet tomato pie . What is even better is that a sugar free version can be made with natural and artificial sugar substitutes to make it tasty as well as healthy. Such a pie can be made  with green as well as red tomatoes being the main ingredients. Sugar free baking is recommended for diabetics and overweight individuals who need to control their calories and blood sugar levels. Of the many sweeteners that are available in the market, it is better to use natural ones that have no harmful side effects when used on a regular basis. This makes it safe for pregnant and lactating women as well as children to use. In this blog we will explore the various sugar free sweeteners that are available and can help make a great tasting tomato pie.



Sugar Free Ingredients


1. Honey


This is a sweetener that can not only replace table sugar successfully in baking, it is also very healthy because it has many medicinal properties. It is antiseptic in nature and has trace amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Since it is much sweeter than sugar, only 3 / 4 cup is needed to replace one full cup of sugar. The best honey is the raw variety which has undergone minimal processing. The only disadvantage is that it may have live bacterial spores that can cause illness when ingested. If using honey for children, pregnant and lactating women, only pasteurized ones must be chosen.


2. Date Syrup


This makes a wonderful sugar free substitute and a 100 % natural ingredient that has no safety issues whatsoever. Readymade date syrup is easily available in the market and is a very sweet addition to the tomato pie. It results in a pie that is soft and dense on the inside because of the moisture that it contains. It is a better option for diabetics as the fiber in the dry dates prevent the blood sugar levels from peaking which is seen on consumption of refined white sugar. It also has plenty of iron, needed to increase the levels of hemoglobin in the body.


3. Stevia


It is a sweetener of natural origin, obtained from the leaves of the stevia plant. The taste and the texture of the pie made with this is similar to when sugar has been used for baking. This sweeter has no calories which is the reason for its huge popularity. It is available in the form of a liquid as well as a fine powder. Liquid stevia is recommended to make a pie as it mixes uniformly and gives a better taste and flavor. It has not yet been approved by FDA as initial studies showed that it can cause mutations. Keeping this in mind, it should be used with care and only in small quantities.


4. Apple Juice


The sweetness of apple juice compliments the sour taste of the tomatoes in the pie. While raw apple juice is also good to use, it is recommended to steam the fruit and then juice it. This adds on a huge amount of flavor to the pie and prevents the apples from browning which can otherwise give it an unappetizing brown color. 2 cups of this fiber rich sweetener is sufficient for a single pie and it additionally aids in proper bowel function and protects the heart. This pie is a good way to obtain the many health benefits of tomatoes


5. Erythritol


It is manufactured from glucose by the action of  yeast and is about 60% as sweet as sugar. Unlike sugar, it has no calories and thus does not affect blood sugar levels. It is a boon for diabetics and overweight individuals for this very reason. It is stable when used for baking and gives good results. It is frequently labeled as a non nutritive sweetener as it has only 0.2 k cal per gram. It is preferred over other sweeteners as it does not cause gastric disturbances and bloating when used regularly.


Make a healthy and finger licking tomato pie with these sugar free options. Do not go overboard with their use as many of them still contribute to calories which can cause weight gain if used in excess. 


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Tips To Prepare Sugar Free Tomato Pie