5 best natural substitutes for sugar

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Not all sugar substitutes are created equal! When you’re on the hunt for a natural alternative to table sugar, there are a few important things to think about. It’s best to use sweeteners that are naturally derived, minimally processed and that contain nutrients and antioxidants. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium and saccharin at all costs as they’ve been linked to cancer and other detrimental health issues. What I like best about these 5 natural substitutes is you need VERY little to achieve the level of sweetness you’re going for.

Here are my 5 fave natural substitutes for sugar:
Honey
It’s always best to go with raw or unprocessed honey for higher nutrient and antioxidant content. Use honey instead of refined sugar in tea, yogurt and dessert recipes.

Molasses
Molasses contain a significant amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 and is quite possibly the most nutrient rich alternative out there.

Dates
Dates contain vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. I like to use dates in puddings, bars and date balls with nuts and coconut.

Maple Syrup
Maple syrup contains small amounts of calcium and zinc and a significant amount of riboflavin which has antioxidant functions. Don’t confuse this with table pancake syrup though, Grade A is the best choice!

Stevia
The only safe calorie-free sweetener currently available, stevia is way sweeter than sugar and is naturally derived, coming from a South American shrub.

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