Added sugar is probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. It has been associated with many serious diseases, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Fortunately, there are many ways to sweeten foods without adding sugar so consider the following 8 alternatives.

1. Stevia
It contains zero calories and has no known links to weight gain.

2. Erythitol
At only 0.24 calories per gram, erythritol contains 6% of the calories of regular sugar.

3. Yacon Syrup
They feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, which are incredibly important for your overall health.

4. Coconut sugar
It contains a few nutrients, including iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, as well as antioxidants.

5. Honey
It must be consumed in moderation.

6. Maple Syrup
It should still be consumed in moderation.

7. Monk fruit
It’s natural, contains zero calories and is 100–250 times sweeter than sugar. It is also thought to have antioxidant properties.

Stevia is probably the healthiest option, followed by monk fruit, erythritol and yacon syrup.
As with most things in nutrition, moderation is key.

For more nutrition advice feel free to reach out Brigitta on 0450 282 452.


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