Fortunately we know this and eliminating/minimizing these foods from your diet should be seen as a top priority.
Unfortunately they taste delicious. But the good news is there are some great alternatives we can use to curb our craving!
All of these "sugars", with the exception of stevia...more is a second...ok I'll stop saying that, may lead to weight gain and other health issues if consumed in excess. Think of these as healthier choices when you need to have your once or twice a week fix.
It is typically dried, turned into a powder or a liquid, and is then available for use in cooking. Be careful, stevia is about 300 times sweeter than table sugar so don't over do it.
Not only is stevia a zero calorie natural sweetener but it may actually have some health benefits associated with it. Some of which include increasing your glucose tolerance, will not increase your appetite (other zero calorie sweeteners do), and increase your insulin sensitivity.
In my mind stevia is best sugar substitute available. If you want to eat this one everyday go for it!
2. Coconut Sugar
This sweetener has a much lower glycemic response when compared to regular sugar. Coconut sugar contains a little fiber and this fiber is responsible for lowering the glycemic index (GI) making it a great substitute for diabetics.
It tastes more similar to brown sugar than to white sugar and it is significantly less sweet. If you really need to enhance the sweetness of a particular dish coconut sugar may not do the job, but if your looking for a little extra "love", coconut sugar will do just fine.
3. Date Sugar
Date sugar is similar to coconut sugar but differs in the fact that it is sweeter than your typical table sugar. It too has a lower GI making it a great substitute if you are diabetic or weight loss is high on your list.
4. Raw Honey
Raw honey has a GI of around 30 but process it and that number sky rockets to 75...higher than table sugar.
Raw honey also contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that all get destroyed when processed. It is also naturally antibacterial, will help boost your immune system, and may promote better digestion.
Out of all of the sugar substitutes that contain calories, raw honey is most likely the healthiest choice.
5. Maple Syrup
The benefit to maple syrup over sugar is that it contains some micronutrients in the form of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. All very beneficial nutrients.
Remember that all sugar should be used in moderation whether it is in the form of table sugar or one of these options...with the exception of stevia...oops said it again.
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