#360fit: Five natural sugar substitutes and their benefits

NutritionSouq 18:36 06/12/2015
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  • Looking for sugar substitutes? Look no further than these five natural sugar substitutes which are packed full of nutrients and will help you give refined sugar the elbow!

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    You probably have realized that refined sugar is bad for your health. It can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancers, and many other highly undesirable health related conditions. Making it worse, refined sugar has absolutely zero nutritional value.

    The importance of sugar in our lives cannot be underestimated. Not only does it give us energy, but it's also food for the brain. Unfortunately, refined sugar is full of ‘’empty calories’’ which do more harm than good. Replacing your refined sugar intake with one or more of these awesome natural sugar substitutes is way of replacing the nasty stuff and reaping the nutritional benefits you can get from these naturally occurring sugars.



    Honey is one of the most popular sugar substitutes there is. Even better, it's chock full of nutrients. This superfood deserves a special place in your diet. Honey can be used in almost every circumstance imaginable and comes in a wide variety of flavors, just be sure it’s all natural.

    The Benefits Of Honey

    It’s a great remedy for coughs, colds and sore throats

    It can be used to treat wounds and burns

    Its antioxidants and flavonoid properties reduce the risk of certain cancers

    It gives you healthy glowing skin

    It helps prevent memory loss


    Maple Syrup.

    Maple syrup is mostly used when cooking. It has a distinctive flavor, and can be a great addition to cooking for this very reason. For a start, you can use it on your pancakes! It can come in a variety of colours from light to dark, which determines its flavor strength. Dark usually being the strongest in taste.

    Unlike refined sugar, maple syrup comes with a lot of nutritional benefits. In one study, scientists found 24 different antioxidants in it!

    The Benefits Of Maple Syrup

    Rich in antioxidants

    It helps boost metabolism

    Its zinc content and other antioxidant properties help boost the immune system

    Improves digestion

    It protects the skin through helping fight inflammatory diseases


    Date Sugar.

    Pulverized dry dates turn into a powder which makes a great sugar substitute. This is what is referred to as date sugar. This sugar supplies your body with calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc (to name a few). The Middle Eastern region is packed with dates so no excuses.

    The Benefits Of Date Sugar

    It reduces intestinal problems as it promotes the growth of good bacteria

    It's good for circulation and its high magnesium levels help prevent cramps

    Helps prevent constipation

    Low in calories


    Coconut Sugar.

    Are coconuts really healthy or is it just hype? The facts are that they contain some of the most important nutrients required by the body. On the glycemic index, coconut sugar stands at 35 while standard sugar is between 60 – 75.

    The Benefits Of Coconut Sugar

    It can help lower high blood pressure

    It makes bones and teeth stronger

    It regulates enzyme activity

    It’s earth friendly :)

    It has a low Glycemic Index number



    Stevia comes from the leaves of the warm climate plant Stevia rebaudiana. It is all natural, contains no carbs or calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. That is one serious sugar substitute!

    The Benefits Of Stevia

    It helps lower blood pressure

    It can help fight diabetes due to its amazing Glycemic Index properties

    It has anti-inflammatory properties

    It is calorie free

    It is rich in iron which stimulates the production of Hemoglobin in the body, the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells

    Article provided by: Nutrition Souq