We all know about the detrimental effects that refined sugar and artificial sweeteners have on our health when consumed in excess. It is for this reason that more and more people are turning away from these products and shifting to an alternative which is not only healthy but delivers equally on the taste factor. Try these natural substitutes and see the difference it makes to your health.
Maple syrup is extremely rich in minerals and is a great substitute for calorie laden refined sugar. In addition it also contains antioxidant properties which make it a wonderful addition to one’s diet.
Dates being naturally sweet in nature are a great substitute for refined sugar and can be added to your desserts instead of white sugar. Dates are rich in potassium, calcium and vitamin B6 which further enhance the nutritional profile of this fruit. You cannot add this to tea or coffee but is a great thing to add to your desserts and puddings.
Molasses is the thick byproduct that results when sugarcane is processed into sugar. This dark syrupy liquid which has a bittersweet flavor was quite a popular sweetener up till the end of 19th century when refined sugar was relatively more expensive. Molasses apart from being a good substitute for sugar is also rich in iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium and vitamin B6, thus you get dual benefit from using molasses.
Agave nectar is another great alternative to white sugar and the various artificial sweeteners available. Its low glycemic value ensures that your glucose levels remain intact. As it is very sweet in nature, you tend to use less.
Honey known for its antimicrobial properties is a great alternative to artificial sweeteners. In order to extract the maximum benefit out of honey you should buy honey that has been produced organically and sourced locally. It is true that honey is calorie rich but being sweeter than sugar one would be using it in less quantity so it more than balances out.
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown rice syrup is a natural sweetener obtained by boiling brown rice. It is gluten-free and is a great substitute for sugar and in its stead can be added to porridges and pancakes. Brown rice syrup which has a slight buttery taste to it can be added to your salads and cakes while at the same time providing you with all the nutritional benefits of brown rice.
Fresh fruit Juices
Fresh fruits being naturally rich in fructose are a great source of natural sugar. Although they cannot be added to tea or coffee they can impart interesting flavors to your cakes and puddings as each fruit comes with its own unique taste.
You can give these alternatives a try and then decide what suits you best. We would however like to add that if you have any sugar related ailment, consult a doctor first before making any lifestyle change decision.
Vineeta Sinha, the owner and president of Vineeta Constructions Co. is a writer and blogger at heart. An economics graduate, the talented writer has been in the writing industry for years. When asked about how she manages the two very different professions, she says, “Construction business is what me and my husband who is a civil engineer dreamt of together and I am glad we succeeded but writing is something I have been doing years before I stepped into the construction world. I was very young when I realized that there was a hidden passion for writing in me and I unveiled it through my school magazine for the very first time and there has been no looking back since then. Though construction contributes more in running my world, writing is something that completes me.”