Ahh, sugar, our greatest friend turned foe. Best friends in childhood, it’s a whole different story now. What’s the difference between natural and artificial sugars? Well, the main difference is that naturally occurring sugars deliver the simple sugars (fructose & glucose) packed with a whole round of natural nutrition (such as vitamins & minerals). While added sugars contain no nutrition whatsoever, and only helps to pile on the calories! With the extra natural nutrition, those calories will be taken care off! Cutting out added sugar from our diet is a struggle and we’re here to help! Excessive amounts of added sugar in one’s diet can lead to health problems such as obesity, tooth decay and diabetes. However, the good news is that there are a number of natural sugar sources to satisfy that sweet tooth. Join us as we check out some natural added sugar substitutes.
1. Organic Honey
Honey. It’s always been the bee’s knees for us hasn’t it? However, we aren’t talking about the regular honey, rather, the organic, unprocessed version of it. Organic honey packs a serious anti-oxidant punch and helps greatly with blood purity. Organic honey is a great sweetener and can be added to foods such as yogurt, or homemade dressings. Even better, it can be obtained in powdered form. Remember, consumption in moderation. Honey, you shrunk the fat!
2. Date Sugar
Ever wondered how protein bars are so healthy yet sweet? That’s because a lot of them use date sugar. Date sugar is a great source of nutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. With date sugar one could throw in a bunch of sweet spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. This will enhance the natural sweet flavour. Too much of date sugar isn’t great for you, remember, the aim is to reduce the overall sugar intake. It’s time for dates with these dates!
Stevia is a unique kind of natural sugar, it is extracted from a plant leaf which is native to South America. Stevia is a natural sweetener and is available in liquid drops, dissolvable tablets, and baking blends. It may not provide you with the nutritional benefits of sugars from fruits but neither does it contribute with calories! This sweetener contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates and none of the nasty side effects of artificial sweeteners, making it an ideal natural sweetener. Get yourself a healthy dose of natural sugar with our Anti-Oxidant bundle.
4. Organic Coconut Sugar
Coconut juice is where a lot of coconut sugar comes from, is full of potassium, electrolytes, and nutrients. This sugar is nontoxic, non-GMO, which your body is going to be able to digest better. Before you go coco-NUTS about this, it is a great sugar alternative for baking cookies, cakes and muffins. Remember ultimately, these are still forms of sugar. It is significantly healthier to consume natural sugar rather than artificial sugar. However, remember to do so only in moderation.
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