Top 8 Natural Sweeteners and Sugar Alternatives

The American Heart Association has recommended in their heart-healthy guidelines that you should not consume more than 100 to 150 calories from added sugars. Added sugars are considered the sugar and syrups that are added to food either during processing or preparation.
Sugar affects each and every part of your body, from head to toe. It can cause diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, heart disease, cancer and poor cognitive functioning.
A form of sugar that should be especially avoided is refined sugar. It is instead recommended that you choose natural sweeteners when you are craving something sweet. Natural sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that are healthier than the processed table sugar, or other artificial sugars.
Fruit is high in natural sugar and can easily satisfy your sweet tooth. However, you cannot usually add fruit to beverages or recipes that call for sugar. Yet, there are natural sweeteners that are healthy substitutes for sugar and they can be used in many different forms.
Here are the top eight natural sweeteners and sugar alternatives:
1. Raw Honey
2. Stevia
3. Dates
4. Agave Syrup
5. Blackstrap Molasses
6. Coconut Sugar
7. Xylitol
8. Yacon Syrup
What are you favorite natural sweeteners? Comment below to let us know which you use most often.
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