You should find and use sugar substitutes in your daily diet. Not only is refined sugar incredibly bad for your health, it adds unnecessary calories to the body that are converted to fat reserves that are stored in the body as flab.
Sugar has been linked to heart disease in a study published on JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found that the majority of adults in the United States eat far more sugar than is recommended (which everyone probably already knows); and, there is a significant relationship between sugar consumption and increased risk for heart disease mortality.
For more detailed information, read this article: 10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar Is Bad for You. You should take this information seriously – sugar is dangerous to your health.
It is critical that you find healthy sugar substitutes to use while preparing your meals – and start using them immediately.
Some of the most recommended sugar substitutes include
1. Honey – Is full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Spread it on whole-wheat bread or add it to oatmeal to satisfy the craving for sweets first thing in the morning. Honey comes in different flavors depending on the type of flowers in the area where it is harvested
2. Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial Sweeteners can be used in baking, sweetening drinks, and in any recipe to replace processed sugar.
• Stevia (all natural from a plant)
• Sweet ‘N’ Low
• Sweet One
3. Applesauce – The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true, which is a good reason to substitute “no-sugar added” apple sauce for sugar in your baked goods. This allows you to enjoy your treat without all the extra calories.
4. Dates and Figs – Both add flavor, dimension, and tons of nutrition as a sugar substitute to many recipes. Baked goods made with figs and dates as a substitute for sugar will soon become a staple in your breakfast, lunch or dinner regimen. Try this substitution with cakes, muffins, and breads.
5. Lemon – Squeezing half a lemon in a pitcher of water will enable you to drink the recommended amount of water. The tangy taste of lemon in oatmeal will help you enjoy this hearty breakfast without the need for unhealthy sugars.
6. Cinnamon – This is a “must have” sweet spice that can be used in a variety of baked goods. It is also great on oatmeal and sprinkled on top of your morning tea or coffee. It has a delicious aroma that will activate your taste buds without adding extra calories to your meals.
7. Raisins – These can be eaten alone to satisfy your sweet tooth; or, added into the batter when baking for a delicious treat. They are full of fiber and antioxidants.
8. Cranberries: These are tart and sweet at the same time and loaded with antioxidants. Enjoy delicious multigrain pancakes, scones or muffins loaded with cranberries instead of sugar. Add them to your cereal and skip the sugar for a good start in the morning. Give your taste buds a treat and remember cranberries are not just for the holidays.
9. 100% Pure Maple Syrup – This delicious natural sweetener is filled with antioxidants. Drizzle it on your waffles or pancakes or add into a glass of cold non-fat milk for a sweet treat to quench thirst on a hot afternoon.
10. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Cocoa is also full of antioxidants and provides that wonderful chocolate flavor to a glass of milk (hot or cold). It can be combined with vanilla, a dash of cinnamon, and a little Stevia for a delicious treat that does not require refined sugar. It is a good substitute for processed chocolate in baked goods.
11. Pureed Banana – Very ripe bananas are very sweet and can be added to cold milk for a tasty milk shake or used in baked goods. A bowl of oatmeal with added ripe bananas makes a hearty breakfast that is full of fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health.
12. Apricot Puree – Apricots contains vitamin C and iron; they are sweet to the palate making this puree an ideal, delicious spread for your baked items.
13. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice – This is full of vitamin C that boosts your immune system. You can have it first thing in the morning to improve your mood and give you a shot of quick energy to face your busy day. It is an excellent substitute for white sugar – especially good in smoothies.
14. Sucanat – This is obtained from natural cane juice and contains vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients; it can be added into your beverages and baked items.
15. Molasses – Made from a combination of sugarcane, beetroot and grapes. It has a delicious aroma full of vitamin c, iron and calcium for healthy baked items. Drizzle it on your fruit salad to tantalize your palate.