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:
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 contain a significant amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 and is quite possibly the most nutrient rich alternative out there.
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 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!
The only safe calorie-free sweetener currently available, stevia is way sweeter than sugar and is naturally derived, coming from a South American shrub.