4 Low-Sugar Jam Alternatives
Love making your own jams, but worried about all the sugar? No need to completely give up the sweet stuff. A few smart choices can make your homemade preserves healthier without sacrificing taste.
1. Try PGX by Natural Factors
With this method, you should work in small batches, freeze or refrigerate your jam and use it up within a few weeks.
2. Choose Specially Modified Pectins
Labelled “light” or “less sugar needed,” these pectin-based jams can be stored at room temperature as long as they are canned safely.
3. Use Gelatin or Agar-Agar
Using gelatin or agar-agar (a seaweed product) as a thickening agent allows you to reduce sugar without compromising flavour.
Bonus: Agar-agar is known for its detoxifying properties.
4. Look for Honey-Sweetened Recipes
Honey tastes up to one and a half times sweeter than sugar, meaning you need less of it. But it doesn’t jell as easily as sugar, so consider using it in combination with modified pectin or PGX.