3 Natural Substitutes For Sugar

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It comes to a certain time of day and my sugar craving starts to kick in. All I can think about is a chocolate chip cookie to help push it away, but I find that when I do this I become sluggish and extremely tired afterwards. Over the last couple of weeks I have decided to find ways to substitute white sugar, and I have found my sweet tooth is becoming less needy and I have slightly more energy. Here are 3 natural substitutes I have been using for sugar — what do you like to use?

Dates: Dates naturally have a sweet taste to them. They contain vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. I have been keeping a tub of them by my desk and snack on them when I need to!

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Maple Syrup: Real maple syrup is made by boiling the sap of maple trees into a concentrated and sweet syrup. It’s a delicious sweetener — I use it to sweeten my yogurt in the morning and put a little drop of it into my coffee. It contains small amounts of calcium and zinc as well.

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Honey: Honey has antibacterial properties and is a great source of antioxidants. I use it in my granola and yogurt, and I’ve found that a drink of honey, lemon, and ginger in hot water always helps as a good pick-me-up come mid afternoon. Darker honeys have higher antioxidant value — I usually use raw or unprocessed honey for higher nutrients and antioxidants.

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Juliette Laura -June 29, 2013, 10:27AM

Eating an orange always curbs my sugar craving! These are great suggestions though!

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Mary -June 29, 2013, 1:26PM

Awesome suggestion. . Gave up sugar myself about a month ago. . .After a few day’s I felt much better. . .I had a hard time with coffee in the am but have found that maple syrup is great! Gives me all the caffeine and sweet I need for the day! If I feel a little down I drink tea in the afternoon and sweeten it a little with honey. I feel like a new person as I was hooked on sugar before. It’s so bad for you and leads to MANY medical problems. Everyone who was hooked on it like me should give it a try!
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Jake -June 29, 2013, 7:01PM

Awesome! I have a stevia plant and i use it to sweeten many things, I think you can buy stevia tablets to dissolve in coffe etc. as well! Certainly love all these types of posts

AC -June 30, 2013, 5:46AM

Very good sweet ideas!
WhenI’m craving for sugar, I eat two or three prunes! It´s very good for the digesting process and the taste is so sweet!

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Aura Jade -June 30, 2013, 11:10AM

I love dates & honey. so yummy. all of these things have sugar in them, so i don’t really see how they can be called “substitutes.”

Lucy -June 30, 2013, 11:47AM

Aura Jade, they are obviously talking about refined sugar and how to replace it with natural substitutes!

Calley -June 30, 2013, 5:38PM

I love baking with coconut sugar!

May -July 1, 2013, 3:43AM

I love honey when I was a child. But now I think it is too sweet. It is good for our health.

Chelsea -July 12, 2013, 9:30PM

I’ve been eating oatmeal with coconut shavings, dates, a whole banana, and a little almond milk. No need for sweetener whatsoever!

Ashley -July 20, 2013, 12:02AM

Honey and maple syrup is still sugar. But a more healthy option is coconut nectar. Has more nutrients. But I suggest pure stevia extract. Liquid or powder form

LJ -July 22, 2013, 3:29AM

Yes, honey and maple syrup have natural occurring sugars but this article is referring to refined sugar (i.e white, cane, castor etc). All 3 options are fantastic substitutes as they are jam-packed full of trace minerals and B Vitamins, especially maple syrup which is aka “the blood/life force of the maple tree”. Look for ‘raw’ honey, ‘B Grade’ maple syrup and ‘preservative (220) free’ dates, as they are your most nutritious options. Molasses is fantastic too, in particular for vego’s, vegans and those with anemia as it is naturally rich in iron. Coconut sugar and nectar are also fantastic choices, especially for those who need a low GI alternative. In regards to natural “sweeteners” stevia (tablets, powder, liquid), agave, rice malt syrup and xylitol are okay sugar-free products, however are often HEAVILY processed and genetically modified so in my opinion they aren’t the best choice available.

To curve your apatite there are two natural options. Add ground cinnamon to your food or take chromium caps/tabs. Both options balance out your blood sugar levels.

Certified Organic, Fair Trade and Sustainable options are always best! :)

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