Apr 17, 2024, 01:30 AM IST

8 Healthy Substitutes for White Sugar

Emily Horn

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1. Honey  

A natural sweetener that contains antioxidants and can be used in lower quantities than sugar due to its higher sweetness. 

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2. Maple Syrup 

Provides nutrients like zinc and manganese and has a unique flavor that works well in baking and on pancakes.

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3. Agave Nectar 

Sweeter than honey, and it has a lower glycemic index, which can be beneficial for managing blood sugar levels. However, it's high in fructose, so moderation is key.

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4. Coconut Sugar 

Made from the sap of the coconut palm, it retains some nutrients found in the coconut palm, such as iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium. It has a lower glycemic index than white sugar.

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5. Stevia  

A zero-calorie sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia plant. It’s much sweeter than sugar, so only a small amount is needed. 

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6. Dates  

These can be pureed into a paste and used in baking. Dates are rich in fiber and nutrients like potassium.

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7. Monk Fruit Sweetener 

Extracted from monk fruit, this sweetener is zero-calorie and much sweeter than sugar. It does not affect blood sugar levels.

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8. Molasses  

Especially blackstrap molasses, which is high in vitamins and minerals like iron and magnesium. It has a rich, full-bodied flavor, suitable for baking and marinades.

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