Healthy Substitutes for Those With a Strong Sweet Tooth!

by Gabriella Patel on February 4, 2015

Refined sugar is considered to be as addictive as a drug, and potentially as detrimental to your health. Long term over-eating of refined sugar can lead to substantial weight gain, and the possibility of diabetes. sugar substituteAnd while there are a ton of sugar-free sweetener alternatives on the market, there are even more unhealthy substitutes than just having plain ol’ sugar!

The best kind of sugar substitutes are natural ones. Take a look at these 5 healthy all-natural sugar substitutes, and decide which one best suits your taste buds!

Date sugar

Date sugar is essentially just dried dates crushed into a powder. It is very sweet, which should come as no surprise if you’ve ever eaten a date before.

Since it does not melt, date sugar cannot be used as a direct substitute for sugar in every situation. For example: you wouldn’t want to put it in your coffee. However, it is awesome for baking. Use just 2/3 the amount of date sugar in place of brown or white sugar called for in your recipe. It may otherwise be too sweet!

Raw honey

Raw Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. The type of vitamins and minerals and their quantity depends on the type of flowers used for apiculture. Commonly, honey contains Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. Honey also contains nutraceuticals, which are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body. As a result, our body immunity is improved against many conditions, even potentially fatal ones like cancer or heart disease. It also stabilizes blood pressure and helps balance blood sugar levels.

Pure maple syrup

Pure maple syrup is most likely not the typical bottle shaped like a jolly old woman. That’s not real maple syrup. Check the ingredient list an you’ll see it is mostly high fructose corn syrup with some artificial colorings, flavors, and sweeteners.

On the other hand, pure maple syrup contains only evaporated maple tree sap. It is high in manganese and zinc: 100 grams of syrup provides 22% and 3.7% of their recommended daily values respectively. Manganese is necessary for several enzymes that are needed for energy production and antioxidant defenses. Zinc is essential for optimal immune system function. Deficiencies of either may lower white blood cell counts and reduce immune system responses.

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar contains traces of iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, as well as antioxidants. It also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption. For this reason, coconut sugar has a minimal effect on blood sugar levels, making it another ideal option for diabetics.

Coconut sugar tastes like brown sugar more so than white sugar. It is best used in baking, since it does not affect the consistency of the final product, unlike maple syrup and molasses. It is not the best substitute for sugar in coffee, as it is not as sweet as other substitutes.

Molasses

Molasses is a thick syrup produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar. But unlike refined sugar, molasses carries some rather significant health benefits. One serving (typically 2 tablespoons) of molasses has 14% of our recommended daily value of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. It is also high in vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants. Be sure to select unsulfured, organic sugarcane molasses.

So try each one of these sugar substitutes in different food items to see which one is your favorite! Chances are that you might even like them better than that refined sugar.

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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