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Here Are 5 Natural Sweeteners You Can Replace Sugar With In Your Food

Aside from energy (calories), sugar provides no nutrition which is why it is often referred to as 'empty calories'. Consuming too much of it has also been linked to a number of health conditions and inflammatory changes in the body.

However, if you can't do without your dose of sweetness, here are some natural sweeteners that are way better than sugar you can eat.

1. Raw HoneyImage credit:

One of the most common and best natural sweeteners to replace sugar is raw honey. The health benefits lie in its production, as honey is only processed once, whereas sugar is processed multiple times. It has rich amounts of vitamins and minerals needed by the body, and also has antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. One tablespoon, one to two times daily, is a good, healthy amount that most people can do well with.

2. Pure Organic Maple Syrup

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In its pure form, maple syrup is one of the most natural and unprocessed forms of sugar you can eat. Maple syrup is high in antioxidants and rich in minerals as well. However, like other natural sweeteners, maple syrup is high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.

3. Coconut SugarImage credit:

Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut palm and contains minerals including iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. It also contains Inulin, a type of soluble fibre that has been shown to slow digestion, increase fullness, and feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. While standard table sugar is pure sucrose, coconut sugar only contains about 75 percent sucrose.

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Molasses is a syrup often used to soften cookies and is tasty in marinades and sauces. It is a dark, thick liquid made from boiling down sugar beet juice or cane sugar. It is relatively high in calcium, iron and selenium which help to maintain bone health. Although, molasses contain a somewhat high level of sugar, but its vitamin and mineral profile makes it a better option than processed sugar.

5. Stevia (Sweet Leaf)Image credit:

Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that is extracted from the leaves of a South American plant that is scientifically known as Stevia rebaudiana. It is a popular sugar substitute because it has zero calories, and doesn’t appear to break a fast by causing an insulin spike. Many mainstream companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola are incorporating stevia into their products due to the sweetener being calorie-free.

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