Alternatives to Sugar That Keep Your Life Sweet
By Genevieve Cunningham
Just about everyone loves sugar. We love the sweetness, the quick little burst of energy, and the satisfaction that it leaves in our mouths and in our minds. We love the brownies and the cookies and the cake. We love it all. Unfortunately, sugar is not the healthiest food in your cabinet. In fact, it may be one of the unhealthiest. But giving it up? It’s oh so hard! If you want to cut back on the sugar but keep your life and menu plenty sweet, take a look at these healthier alternatives to add to the mix.
Honey is an interesting sweetener. It definitely has calories, and if you don’t buy the right kind, it can be packed full of sugar. But if you buy raw honey, you’ll get electrolytes, antioxidants, and other nutrient compounds that help protect the body. As an added bonus, many people believe that using local honey actually lowers the risk of allergies. Overall, use honey in moderation to sweeten, and you’ll be far better off than using regular sugar.
Coconut is known for its health benefits -- coconut oil, coconut flour, and now coconut sugar. This sugar contains massive health benefits that you would never find in regular sugar. Electrolytes to keep you hydrated, potassium for muscle cramps, and other nutrients that boost health and improve your diet can all be found in this alternative option. Coconut sugar is also fairly sweet, so many people have an easier time making the switch from cane sugar to coconut sugar with little effort.
This has been a hot item over the past few years. Why? Because it’s a natural product that comes from a plant. It contains absolutely zero calories, and it has been known to help lower blood sugar. It’s also generally used in a one-to-one ratio with sugar. If your recipe calls for one cup of sugar, one cup of stevia should do the trick. The downside? It’s definitely not the same flavor, so it might take a little getting used to before you really learn to like it.
Giving up sugar doesn’t have to mean giving up all things sweet. Instead, just get creative and use some other healthy options. Use any (or all!) of these choices, and you can keep your life sweet and your menu healthy all at once.
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