Skip sugar, choose these natural sweeteners!
Too much of white sugar in the diet can lead to many negative health consequences such as weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk for heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. It also promotes quicker aging. Here are some natural sweeteners that you can use as sugar alternatives.
When you say natural sugar alternative, the first thing that comes to mind is honey. Honey is great tasting, nutritious but high in calories. Use it sparingly and keep it away if you have diabetes, heart disease or are obese.
This is made from the roots of the yacon plant and is abundant in prebiotic fiber fructooligosaccharides (FOS). This promotes good weight management and also helps in controlling diabetes.
This has become quite popular and is a natural sweetener which is made by extracting from the leaves of a South American shrub with the scientific name Stevia rebaudiana. This has zero calories and does not cause weight gain.
This is a by-product in sugar refining and is a good sugar alternative that also provides health benefits as it’s rich in all the nutrients that a sugarcane plant has. Blackstrap molasses is considered the best.
This fruit is native to Asia but has been gaining a great deal of popularity as a zero-calorie sweetener. This has been in use for many centuries and has some therapeutic benefits such as bringing down inflammation.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol extracted from corn or birch wood and its sweetness is quite like sugar. It has just 2.4 calories per gram, which makes it 40% lower in calories than sugar.
This is slightly better than table sugar but is still high in the level of sugar. This is basically a thick, sugary liquid made from the sap of maple trees.