All Natural Sugar Substitutes and their Benefits

PART 1

You probably have realized that refined sugar is bad for your health. It can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancers, and many other highly undesirable health related conditions. Making it worse, refined sugar has absolutely zero nutritional value.

The importance of sugar in our lives cannot be underestimated. Not only does it give us energy, but it's also food for the brain. Unfortunately, refined sugar is full of "empty calories" which do more harm than good. Replacing your refined sugar intake with one or more of these awesome natural sugar substitutes is way of replacing the nasty stuff and reaping the nutritional benefits you can get from these naturally occurring sugars.


1. HONEY

BENEFITS:

  • It’s a great remedy for coughs, colds and sore throats
  • It can be used to treat wounds and burns
  • Its antioxidants and flavonoid properties reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • It gives you healthy glowing skin
  • It helps prevent memory loss

Honey is one of the most popular sugar substitutes there is. Even better, it's chock full of nutrients. This superfood deserves a special place in your diet. Honey can be used in almost every circumstance imaginable and comes in a wide variety of flavors, just be sure it’s all natural.


2. MAPLE SYRUP

BENEFITS:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • It helps boost metabolism
  • Its zinc content and other antioxidant properties help boost the immune system
  • Improves digestion
  • It protects the skin through helping fight inflammatory diseases

Maple syrup is mostly used when cooking. It has a distinctive flavor, and can be a great addition to cooking for this very reason. For a start, you can use it on your pancakes! It can come in a variety of colours from light to dark, which determines its flavor strength. Dark usually being the strongest in taste.

Unlike refined sugar, maple syrup comes with a lot of nutritional benefits. In one study, scientists found 24 different antioxidants in it!


3. DATE SUGAR

BENEFITS:

  • It reduces intestinal problems as it promotes the growth of good bacteria
  • It's good for circulation and its high magnesium levels help prevent cramps
  • Helps prevent constipation
  • Low in calories

Pulverized dry dates turn into a powder which makes a great sugar substitute. This is what is referred to as date sugar. This sugar supplies your body with calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc (to name a few). The Middle Eastern region is packed with dates so no excuses.


4. COCONUT SUGAR

BENEFITS:

  • It can help lower high blood pressure
  • It makes bones and teeth stronger
  • It regulates enzyme activity
  • It’s earth friendly :)
  • It has a low Glycemic Index number

Are coconuts really healthy or is it just hype? The facts are that they contain some of the most important nutrients required by the body. On the glycemic index, coconut sugar stands at 35 while standard sugar is between 60 - 75.


5. STEVIA

BENEFITS:

  • It helps lower blood pressure
  • It can help fight diabetes due to its amazing Glycemic Index properties
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties
  • It is calorie free
  • It is rich in iron which stimulates the production of Hemoglobin in the body, the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells

Stevia comes from the leaves of the warm climate plant Stevia rebaudiana. It is all natural, contains no carbs or calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. That is one serious sugar substitute!


 

Author: Victor Maere
Author Bio: My name is Victor, a guy interested in delicious food. But delicious food is not enough, it also has to be healthy. If we make poor food choices, we should also expect poor health. Keeping you healthy with diet and nutrition tips is my passion. Eat well, be well