As much as we may love it, sugar is not healthy for our bodies. It has been heavily added in so many of the processed foods we enjoy today that our taste buds can’t fully appreciate foods without it. When you think about it, it’s quite necessary in our diets. It doesn’t contain any protein, vitamins, minerals, or essential fats. Also, it interferes with your hormones and harms your metabolism. A heavy intake leads to some of the world’s deadliest diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. To make matters worse, it’s addictive. Luckily there are healthier alternatives to sugar that we can add to the things we crave to be a little sweeter.
- Stevia: I personally don't like it the taste of this but it has zero calories and great if you’re watching your diet, a lot of stores/coffee shops carry it. Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used to sweeten beverages and make tea since the 16th century
- Monk fruit sugar/sweeteners: I love this one. It’s 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. The extract contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero sodium, and zero fat
- Xylitol: Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar but has fewer calories and doesn't raise blood sugar levels.
- Yacon Syrup: This one has a lot of health benefits and supposedly helps you lose weight
- Coconut Sugar: My favorite! Just don’t have too much of it
- Honey: Can’t go wrong with a little bit of honey!
- Date syrup: Date syrup does retain most vitamins and minerals from its original nature, it is also one of the most nutritious sweeteners on the market.
Avoid these substitutes:
- Agave Nectar
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Added sugars can be so harmful to our bodies in so many different ways, so it’s best to be mindful about our intake of it and make conscious choices on healthier alternatives. Treat yourself sometimes but make sure not to have it everyday since it could really cause damage later on. Which alternatives do you prefer? And which ones do you think you’ll start to try?