We are well aware that the sugar itself is very unhealthy and is connected to diabetes. These 4 sugar alternatives are much healthier and we can use them on a daily basis.
This syrup is produced in the same way for decades: by boiling the juice of the maple tree. It contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but their amount is not very high. For example, one tablespoon contains only 1% of the daily requirements for calcium, potassium, and iron. On the other hand it is rich in magnesium – a mineral that helps in collagen production and improves the health of the skin and bones – 25% of the daily requirement.
The honey, so-called “nectar of the gods”, was used for centuries for treating wounds and infections. This natural sweetener contains small amounts of antioxidants and antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies shown that athletes who ate honey rather than other sources of carbohydrates had stable levels of insulin in the blood for a longer period. Keep in mind that one teaspoon of honey sweetens as much as a tablespoon of refined sugar.
The dates are incredibly sweet and sticky, making them the main ingredient in energy bars. Dates are a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, vitamin B, vitamin C and antioxidants. A tiny spoon of date sugar (produced by their drying and grinding) contains 15 calories and 3 grams of sugar. Date sugar does not dissolve as good as the refined sugar, so it’s not your best choice for smoothies or coffee.
This type of sugar is made from the juice extracted from the buds of coconut trees. It contains small amounts of nutrients such as thiamin, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants. The sweetener contains inulin, a natural carbohydrate that isn’t digested and serves as probiotic, a food beneficial for the intestinal bacteria.
Take care of yourself and prevent potential diabetes.