Added sugar (for example sucrose) is one of the worst things you can add to your diet. All added sugar ever has is nothing but ‘empty calories’; to be more specific, calories that don’t do any good to your body because of the lack of any necessary nutrient in them. Adding sugar to whatever you eat on a daily basis risks the complications of a fatty liver, something that is related to a number of health conditions and even death, if not treated on time.
Resistance to insulin and thus diabetes, obesity, alarming spikes in the cholesterol levels and cardio-vascular concerns are other health evils brought upon by the regular consumption of added sugar. Hence, it is imperative to cut down on the sugar intake, albeit gradually. There is barely anything worse than an excess of white sugar in your meals. So much so, that even packaged product manufacturing companies have also been trying to scale down their use of sugar in such items. Listed below are a few replacements for sugar that are just as good, that too without any of the health botherations. Read on to know more:
Honey is a natural sweetener that is immensely beneficial for the body. Historically, honey has been used to fight infections and improve healing owing to its essential nutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds. A study revealed that honey raises the anti-oxidants level in the blood; more reason to prefer honey over sugar any day of the week. However, though lower in calorie count and replete with zinc and other useful minerals, not every kind of honey is good. The best bet would be the organic variant, the local honey. The packaged ones might contain certain ingredients that aren’t too good for you. So when you make the first cup of your essential morning tea, make sure to swap the sugar with this natural wonder. You needn’t bother about the taste just because good organic honey is delicious, in a word.
Coconut water is a popular summer drink but very few people know about the benefits of coconut sugar. It is made from the inner sap found in the coconut flower. This coconut sugar is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, polyphenols and anti-oxidants that accrue great benefits to your body. The presence of the fiber ‘inulin’ is something that makes this particular product such a good one. Inulin is an indigestible carbohydrate that slows down absorption of glucose by the body and supports the good gut bacteria that prevents infections in the stomach’s inner lining. This can be an easy substitute for sugar when cakes and other sweet delicacies are on your mind.
This viscous auxiliary product derived from the sugarcane plant is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium that back the benefits it has to offer. Though it isn’t as sweet as sugar, the subtle sweetness can surprise you if you happen to include it in your diet. Molasses is fat-free and owing to its generous iron content, is the go-to sugar substitute for those on a vegan diet. It can be used in ketchup, cookies or oatmeal as an absolute guilt-free sweetener.
One of the better sources of anti-oxidants, date sugar is the primary ingredient in a lot of chocolates and energy bars. It is rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, Vitamin B and Vitamin K. Not only does it emulate white sugar in terms of the sweet quotient, date sugar has a low calorie count that makes it all the more nutritious and beneficial for your body. Add this high quality sugar sub to your favorite smoothie or the early morning coffee. Flavors such as cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg can only better the taste.
This addition to the roster is derived from maple leaves; the leaves are firstly boiled, dried and finally crushed to its powdery form. The magnesium content of maple syrup makes it a favorite among people with skin and bone worries. Also, it boasts of small amounts of important minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron. Another anti-oxidant powerhouse, maple syrup can be added to your oatmeal breakfast or yams. Mind the quantity as just a little of it could get you the sweetness you want.
Cut down on your sugar intake with these amazing natural sugar replacements because diabetes is not too friendly.