Healthy Alternatives to Sugar
Craving some sweetness? Don't go for the low-nutrient white sugar, or chemically-based fake sugar. Give one of these natural and healthier options a try!
A sugar alternative made from the herb stevia which is found in Central and South America. It is up to 40 times sweeter than sugar, but contains zero calories and won’t cause the spike in blood sugar.
Made of three naturally-occurring sugars: fructose, sucrose, and lactose, blended together. The way that the sugars are combined makes it so that the caloric amount is not fully absorbed by the body, meaning there are only 4 calories per teaspoon. You can get whey low in varieties that are similar to granular sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar.
Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol that’s found in berries, beets, and corn. It is only partially absorbed by the body, resulting in 9 calories per teaspoon. Its sweetness is similar to sugar, but it has a lower glycemic index.
Agave Nectar is created with several types of agave plants to form a liquid sweetener. It is much sweeter than sugar or honey, so you only need about a third as much, although it has more calories than sugar (about 20 per teaspoon).
A concentratred dose of antioxidants, honey is a sweet and natural alternative to sugar. Plus, there are more than 300 different varieties, from blueberry-flavored to buckwheat.
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