Natural Sweetener Alternative to replace Sugar

 

Have you ever thought of using any natural sweetener alternative to replace sugar? Whenever we add sugar, it’s the refined sugar, which is zero in it’s nutritional content. Every second person is aware that excess of sugar is bad for us. All the sugar free substitutes available in market are artificial sweeteners. They do have their damaging side effects that cover headache, migraine, mood disorders, damage of liver and kidney functions. It’s just that because of the advertising hype, we find it really hard to know which sweeteners are a healthy option for us. And if we find a natural sweetener alternative to replace sugar, it’s just awesome!

Almost all of us want to follow a healthy lifestyle for the wellness of our body. Adding natural sweetener alternative in our food is a part of it. I do understand that the people with a sweet tooth can find it tough to quit refined sugar. Please give it a second thought, it’s certainly worth a try. We can’t control everything in our life but, we can definitely control what we put in our body. I have seen people choosing diet drinks as a healthy alternative but, they contain artificial sweeteners which are not much better. Thankfully there are natural sweetener alternative that are wonderful and ultimately healthy to replace refined sugar and artificial sweeteners for us.
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1. Raw Honey as a Natural Sweetener Alternative

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This is nature’s best antibiotic and one of perfect natural sweetener alternative. Raw honey’s benefits are tremendous. But remember, the honey has to be raw and non-processed form. It is rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants. Apart from a natural healthy sweetener, it is an essential part of Indian home remedies. Especially for colds, cough or flu since ages and boosts immune system. But, if you are insulin sensitive or have diabetes, you need to use it carefully. I have been using raw honey for more than a year now. Apart from being used as a natural sweetener alternative, you may read more about it at Organic Garhwall Raw Honey Review

2. Dates

dates as healthy natural sweetener alternative

Whole dates are full of fibre and antioxidants. Rich in minerals like copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. All these properties make them an awesome healthy natural sweetener alternative. They form an awesome sweet alternative for toddlers.  However it tastes slightly more sweeter than refined sugar. One may use them after making their paste. Soak the dates in water until soft and then ground, to make paste. Date sugar is also available. It is made from dry dates by grounding them into sugar like particles. However, date’s nutrient content decreases when date sugar is used.

3. Coconut Sugar as Natural Sweetener Alternative

Coconut-Sugar as healthy natural sweetener alternative

Also called coconut palm sugar. It contains minerals like calcium, iron, potassium and zinc along with some antioxidants. It’s glycaemic index(GI – a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels) is lower than that of sugar. Contains a fibre known as inulin which may help to slow glucose absorption thus offering a healthy natural sweetener alternative to those dealing with diabetes.

4. Stevia

Stevia is processed from the leaf of the stevia plant which is native to Central and South America. Nowadays it is growing in popularity across the world as a healthy natural sweetener alternative. It is considered about 200 times sweeter than sugar but, doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like sugar. Even the fresh leaves of the plant can be used on their own. Studies have shown that pure stevia extract have no effect on blood glucose levels and may even improve the body’s ability to metabolise glucose.

5. Yacon Syrup

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It is an another natural sweetener alternative to replace sugar. Yacon syrup is made from the root of yacon plant. The plant grows natively in South America. It contains a good amount of fructooligosaccharides, which feed the good bacteria in the intestine.

So go ahead and let’s include these healthy natural sweetener alternative to replace sugar in our daily diet and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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33 thoughts on “Natural Sweetener Alternative to replace Sugar

  1. Erika Lancaster Reply

    A few years ago I made the decision to commit to a healthier lifestyle and took refined sugar out of my diet. I now eat it, gluten and milk only on occasion and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my digestion and skin. I love raw organic honey, coconut sugar and date sugar is pretty awesome as well! I’ve bought pure stevia but have to get used to its taste!
    Thanks for this and for inspiring us to make healthier choices! 🙂

  2. EG III Reply

    I never knew about coconut sugar. Of all the options that seems the most intriguing to me and the one I’m most likely to try out!

    • itshealthymoms Reply

      Even I came to know about coconut sugar around a couple of months back and now it is one of my favourite alternatives to replace sugar.

  3. Kartika Nair Reply

    These natural sugar can really help the people who can’t have as they are suffering from diabetes . Will recommend them to my father . Thanks.

  4. Steven Shakeshaft Reply

    Great list. I didn’t even know that coconut sugar and Yacon Syrup existed. I’m always on the look out for alternative sweeteners for my baking so I’ll now have more to consider!

  5. Corinne and Kirsty Reply

    The only sweetener i am using is honey, although i have not used it in a very long time!

  6. roadaviator Reply

    Truly in India, we love to use natural honey a lot. Today only I mixed the honey in boiled water to get the cold away from me. Apart from the honey, dates and coconut sugar are also used very much in India. I never heard about yacon syrup.

    • itshealthymoms Reply

      well yacon is native from South America and not grown in India however, it’s very similar to shakarkandi, it’s really nice to hear that you already use raw honey and dates

  7. Roby H. Reply

    Awesome! My girlfriend is absolutely on a health kick right now. And I’m super excited for her because it’s really starting to show! This is exactly the kind of stuff she freaks out about. Sending to her now to see what she thinks 🙂

  8. kellyhutchinson37920 Reply

    I am borderline diabetic, so watching my sugar intake is very important. I had not heard of yacon syrup before. Interesting.

  9. Anna Reply

    I never knew about coconut sugar. Of all the options that seems the most intriguing to me and would try as i buy them!

  10. Adventures Abroad Reply

    I’m so happy to have read this post, I’m trying to cut as much sugar out as possible (even though I have a HUGE sweet tooth) & i think these sweetners might help me a lot!

    • itshealthymoms Reply

      yeah, coconut sugar tastes really good…. I just love it’s taste… however, if you don’t try new things very often then you need to develop to it’s taste.

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