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Best Sugar Alternatives You Didn't Know

Sunday, Aug 30, 2020, 6:09 pm


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1.Fruit

One of the most natural sweeteners in the world is none other than fruit! Cooks from around the world have been swapping out refined sugar for several pieces of fruit in their dishes. Fruit smoothies are widely popular, healthy and sweet thanks to the natural sweet juices that are extracted during the blending process. If you have a taste for something sweet, but you're watching your waistline, then indulge in an apple, orange or maybe even a handful of grapes.




2.SweetLeaf

SweetLeaf´┐Ż is great for the person who has a sweet tooth, but can't consume sugar without spiking their blood sugar. Itcomes from Central and South America. It is said to be up to 40 times sweeter than sugar, but it has zero calories. It prides itself in being the only chemical-free, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero-glycemic index, and natural sweetener around.



3.XYLITOL

XYLITOL is a low-carb sweetener that can be found in most natural food stores.It is a natural sugar alcohol that canbe found in foods like berries, corn, and beets. XYLITOL tastes almost as sweet as sugar,but it is only partially absorbed by the body. XYLITOL only has nine calories per teaspoon.





4.Whey Low

Little Miss Muffet might enjoy a little Whey Low with her curds. Whey Low is made up of fructose, sucrose, and lactose. Whey Low has less than one third of the glycemic index of sugar. It is available in variations comparable to granular sugar, brown sugar, maple sugar, and confectioners' sugar.



5.Nectresse

Nectresse comes from the makers of Splenda. Nectresse is one of the newer low calorie options to use in drinks, and desserts. This sugar substitute is said to be made from both monk fruit and a sugar alcohol. Experts say that Nectresse is a better and healthier choice than using refined sugar.





6.Sucanat

Sucanat may look like dried up grains, but it's much better. Sucanat is produced when whole sugar cane is juiced and the liquid from that juicing is until it becomes a dark syrup. That syrup is then crystallized, thereby creating dry and dark-brown granules. Sucanat contains iron, calcium, Vitamin A, and potassium.



7.Stevia

Several doctors and nutritionists recommend using Stevia instead of sugar. The natural sweetener is said to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. One of the best parts about Stevia is that it is calorie-free, so you don't have to worry about using it and gaining a bunch of weight.




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8.Raw Cane Sugar

Raw Cane Sugar is also known as demerara or turbinado sugar. Though it's called cane sugar, it is much more refined than white sugar. It doesn't have the health benefits that molasses or many other sugar substitutes have, but it's pretty tasty. Raw Cane Sugar is much larger than regular sugar, so it would be best to dissolve it in water before using it.



9.Maple Syrup

Maple syrup isn't just for your pancakes and waffles. This thick and tasty substance is made when sap is collected from maple trees. Putting just a touch of maple syrup in your desert dishes can make all the difference. One cup of maple syrup contains 180 mg of calcium, and 322 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.



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10.Honey

If you paid attention in Health class, then you know how honey is made. It's readily available in just about every supermarket and consumers can buy the natural or organic version of honey. Experts say that honey offers about 132 mg of potassium. Raw honey is rich in Vitamin B and also Vitamin C. Honey is also a great home remedy to sooth a sore throat.



11.Blackstrap Molasses

Molasses in general is a great sugar substitute. But Blackstrap Molasses is both a substitute and nutritious. This thick sweetener is rich in nutrients. Approximately one cup of Blackstrap Molasses contains more than the recommended dosage of calcium, potassium, and iron. It's rich in Vitamin B and full of copper, which both aid in eliminating cancer-causing free radicals.




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12.Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar (also known as agave syrup) is a heaven-sent. This 100% pure sweetener comes from the same plant as tequila. The syrup is produced once the blue agave plant ages to about 10-years-old. Once it reaches that age, the leaves are removed and sap is extracted from its pina. The great thing about agave nectar is that it is great for diabetics because it doesn't spike your blood sugar levels.



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