5 Best Natural Substitutes for Sugar


April 29, 2015
In 1-Day Renewal, Nutrition

Five best natural substitutes for sugar Suja

Not cll 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. (1) I try to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium and saccharin at all costs as they’ve been linked to a variety of 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. (1)

 

Enjoy,

Sam Swensen & Suja Juice

SOURCES:

1. “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.” Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research., 2015. Web. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/artificial-sweeteners/art-20046936

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Sam led Suja’s social media management efforts since the company began in 2012 through 2015. She has a passion for fitness and nutrition, is an avid juicer, runner and devoted yogi, not to mention a digital and social marketing guru. She currently lives in New York City with her beloved dog Toby.