Here’s why we’re looking hard at natural sweeteners. White sugar isnâ€™t doing you any favours (it can raise your risk for heart disease and cause your blood sugar to spike, then crash). But the idea of a life without the sweet stuff? Thank u, next.
So go natural with one of these four cleaner natural sweeteners recommended by Abby K. Cannon, a registered dietician. As she explains, they all con1ain less fructose than traditional table sugar and more nutritional benefits (think: antioxidants, healthy minerals and fibre). Schweet!
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Full of fibre (thanks to its origins as a rich fruit), it also offers inflammation-fighting and mood-lifting health perks. Add these natural sweeteners to ease up spicy dishes.
Faithful to Nature Dried Pitted Dates (Sulphite Free)
Per date: 66 calories, 0 g fat, 18 g carbs, 16 g sugar, 2 g fibre, 0 g protein
Its heart-healthy antioxidant and antibacterial properties (which make it great for soothing sore throats) are destroyed by too much heat, so skip it in baked goods. Instead, use in teas and cocktails, and on meh fruit.
Simply Bee Raw Honey
Per 1-tablespoon serving: 64 calories, 0 g fat, 17 g carbs, 17 g sugar, 0 g fibre, 0 g protein
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3/ Coconut sugar
Sub in 1 cup of these caramel-coloured crystals for 1 cup white sugar to whip up baked goods that promote a happy tum, courtesy of the good bacteria from coconutâ€™s star fibre, inulin.
Coconut Connection Organic Coconut Sugar
Per 1-tablespoon serving: 45 calories, 0 g fat, 12 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 0 g fibre, 0 g protein
4/ Maple syrup
Natural sweeteners â€” who knew!? Weâ€™re talking â€ś100% pure organicâ€ť to score essential minerals like thyroid-boosting manganese. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to balance out any bitterness in a vinegary salad dressing, and sub Âľ cup for every cup of regular sugar when bakingâ€”just be sure to reduce other liquids by about a quarter too.
Chaloner Maple Syrup Grade A: Organic Dark & Delicious
Per 1-tablespoon serving: 52 calories, 0 g fat, 13 g carbs, 12 g sugar, 0 g fibre, 0 g protein
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