10 Best Sugar Substitutes


Sugar is one of the most common ingredients in our diet, but it also might be the most harmful. Our bodies were not designed to process large amounts of sugar, and all that excess sugar can lead to many health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. So here are 10 substitutes for sugar that will help you (or your loved ones) cut out excess sugar from their diet:


1. Honey 

Honey is one of the most popular substitutes for sugar. There are many different types and flavours of honey with varying levels of sweetness so you might be wondering how much honey do you need? As a rule, for every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey. We recommend buying raw local honey to ensure you get a natural product with no additives.


2. Stevia

Stevia is a herb made from a plant called Stevia rebaudiana. It is native to South America but is also grown in Taiwan and China. This herb has been used for hundreds of years by certain tribes in Paraguay to sweeten their food. The sweetness comes from an extract made from the leaves of the plant. This extract is about 200 times sweeter than sugar! So it only takes a small amount to give you that sweetness that you want without all those empty calories and negative side effects of sugar.


3. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup comes from the sap of maple trees and has the same amount of calories as regular sugar. Using it in place of sugar will add a little bit of additional sweetness and will add some minerals and nutrients that are not found in regular sugar. Maple syrup can be used in many recipes but should be limited to avoid unwanted calories.


4. Agave Syrup

Agave syrup comes from the agave plant, which is a plant native to Mexico. It is very similar in taste and texture to honey, but it has a little fewer calories. However, I don't recommend it for most people as it's not something that you should consume very often because of its fructose content.


5. Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is made from the flowers of the coconut palm tree. It is not refined and contains some nutrients such as iron, zinc and potassium. It also doesn't contain any fructose and has a low glycemic index. Coconut sugar is much sweeter than white sugar and a little bit goes a long way.


6. Unsweetened Applesauce

By replacing regular sugar with unsweetened applesauce you can save yourself some calories, but don't expect it to taste like applesauce unless you add other ingredients like cinnamon and nutmeg.


7. Molasses

Molasses is the byproduct of refining cane juice into table sugar. Its rich flavour adds a depth that sugar can never equal. Many people use molasses in baked goods, but it's great in any savoury recipe.


8. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is the byproduct of sugar refining. It has a more complex taste than regular molasses and contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals. It is slightly less sweet than regular molasses.


9. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used in place of butter or oil for certain dishes. You can cook with it and use it in baking. However, coconut oil is only naturally sweet in its raw state and doesn't taste very good on its own.


10. Unsweetened Chocolate

Unsweetened chocolate has a strong cocoa flavour that cannot be replicated by any amount of sugar. The cocoa powder can be substituted one for one with unsweetened chocolate. The melted chocolate can replace chocolate chips or milk chocolate in a recipe to give some variety to your diet.



And that's it - you have the above 10 alternatives to sugar. Give them a try and we are sure you will be able to reduce your sugar intake in no time.

10 Best Sugar Substitutes
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