Looking for a natural sweetener? Try lucuma powder

If you want to add a healthy, natural sweetener to your snacks, lucuma could help. Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains its benefits, in our Trendy Nutrients A – Z series

‘Lucuma is a South American fruit, commonly known as ‘Gold of the Incas’,’ says Healthista’s nutritional director Rick Hay. ‘It is used nowadays as a natural sweetener, because of its fruity flavour.’

‘It’s gluten-free and safe for diabetics, and great for balancing blood sugar.’

‘It’s full of antioxidants, vitamin B, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates. This is going to help you to reduce cravings and even out energy levels. The rule of thumb is to replace one tablespoon of sugar with two tablespoons of lucuma.’

A study conducted by Rutgers university found that lucuma extract had an anti-inflammatory effect on wound healing and skin ageing.

In addition, lucuma is rich in vitamin C; this helps with skin, hair and nail health, as well as promoting collagen formation. Vitamin C also boosts immunity and helps you to support the nervous system.

‘Lucuma can be bought as a powder or in a blend. You can add it to your breakfast porridge, smoothies, juices or in your cereals. It’s great if you’re looking for a natural boost. Try Naturya ‘Breakfast Boost Seed Crunch’ £6.99 from the Healthista Shop.

Looking for a nutrient powder that contains lucuma? Try a scoop of the Healthista ‘Glow Food‘ or ‘Night Food‘ nutrient powder.


Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk

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