Sugar has become intertwined into our daily diets, no matter how you look at it. We crave sweet foods because we have been inundated with the sugary stuff.

For years, scientists claimed it was high fatty diets that were causing all the health issues in America, boy oh boy were they wrong. New data shows that in fact, high sugar diets are much worse than high fat ones. Good news is, it’s ok to eat butter again! Bad news is, we need to seriously cut the amount of sugar in our diets.

Sugar is processed so much than any actual nutrients has been eradicated from it. White sugar has been chemically bleached and is not good for us, so I found five sweet alternatives that are all natural. These all-natural substitutes are much better for us and your health should improve just by switching to them. Let’s cut these sweet strings and branch out to a healthy tomorrow.

 

Honey

Honey is nature’s sweet elixir that has been used for centuries to heal wounds and combat infections. Honey is a great sweetener substitute because it is packed with antioxidants, nutrients, antibacterial properties and helps against inflammation.

Honey isn’t just a great topical elixir; it also helps to be digested in small amounts.

I like using local honey because it helps you fight off allergies by introducing small doses of allergens. Bees visit all the flowers that cause most allergies, so by consuming small amounts of these; your body can learn to fight them, on its own.

I recommend using less than you think, as honey tends to be sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way.

 

Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is another natural occurring sweetener that is readily available if you know where to look. Maple syrup has been produced the same way for centuries, by boiling sap straight out of Maple trees. You can find powdered maple syrup at most health food stores and it makes an amazing sweet substitute.

All natural and much healthier than sugar, but remember, it’s still a sugar once it digests in your body. So with that in mind, moderation is the key, only use a little bit.

 

Coconut Sugar

Produced directly from the sap of the buds of coconut palms, coconut sugar is roughly the same as cane, calorie wise. Coconut sugar does provide small amounts of nutrients and antioxidants, so it has that going for it. Another added benefit is that Coconut sweetener is much more friendly environmentally than cane sweetener, because it takes less water overall.  

Similar to brown sugar in consistency and taste, give this alternative a try.

 

Molasses

This is the byproduct of cane sweetener production, basically it’s the liquid left over when the cane crystallizes. Molasses is an extremely thick black substance that oozes out of its jar. Although its appearance may be weird, molasses is the most nourishing of any sweetener. Containing tons of nutrients and antioxidants, molasses is a perfect choice to bake with.

A crucial ingredient in snacks like ginger snaps and baked beans. It does have an interesting taste, so some people may not like it.

 

Date Sugar

The date is a food on the rise in 2017, as it is prepared to over take many sweet substitutes. Already a favorite among energy bar producer’s, date sugar is about to be a huge breakout star. Containing tons of key nutrients including magnesium, copper, calcium, iron and potassium, it’s a nutrient bomb ready for consumption.

No wonder they are used in energy bars. I expect date sugar to be in every healthy eating person’s cabinets by the end of the year.

 

Give one of these a try and let’s collectively break the sweet addiction.

 

 

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