5 natural substitute for added sugar

Studies have found substitutes that can replace added sugar and give feed your taste buds with something sweet and might be less harmful to your health.

If people are given a chance to consume added sugar without any adverse effect, Trust me, people would consume a whole lot of added sugar.

But with the side effects of taking added sugar, studies have found substitutes that can replace added sugar and give feed your taste buds with something sweet and might be less harmful to your health.

When talking about substitutes for added sugar, artificial sweeteners are not good substitutes which means they are out of it. They are as bad as added sugar and even add more calories to our meal.

Here are good natural substitutes for added sugar

1. Honey

Honey is a natural substitute for the replacement of added sugar in your daily meal. Honey which is always in a golden and has a thick texture is produced by honey bees.

Honey contains vitamins and minerals and full of antioxidant. It has been proven that high level of antioxidants generally, lowers the risk of diseases.

It is also a good substitute for diabetic patients. Though it contains fructose, it is less harmful than added sugar and also has lesser harmful effect on metabolism and blood sugar level

2. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is another substitute for added sugar. gotten from the sap of maple trees. Just like honey, maple is also in a thick form, with a dark brownish and golden colour.

Maple syrup contains a healthy amount of nutrients, ranging from calcium, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. It also contains over 20 different kinds of antioxidants. Studies are presently going on to see if maple syrup has anti-cancer agencies to prevent people against cancer.

The syrup though has it health benefits, also high in sugar, but won't raise your sugar level as quick as that of added sugar but will definitely do so, which means maple syrup should be taken in moderation.

3. Date syrup

Date syrup are another natural substitute for added sugar. Date syrups comes in a dark brownish colour.

Date syrup is rich in fibre, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, vitamin and have a high level of antioxidant. Unlike added sugar which has various side effects, dates have so many benefits.

The good thing about date syrup is that it works for almost everything. It can be used to treat constipation, intestinal disorders, diarrhoea, promotes good heart health.

It has also been proven that date help in sexual dysfunction, so you should give it a try.

4. Citrus fruit juice

Citrus fruits include oranges, lime, lemon, grapefruit and a whole lot of other citrus fruits.

Citrus fruits contain a high level of vitamin c and several antioxidants which helps to fight antibodies.

You can use citrus fruits as a substitute for added sugar. Not all citrus fruits have a particularly sweet taste, some have a tangy sour taste. Skip the soda and soft drinks which contains a lot of added sugar and go for natural freshly squeezed citrus juice which has health benefits.

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It all depends on your choice of citrus fruit. Naturally fresh squeezed juice would start you to a good day.

5. Cranberry juice

Cranberry juice is a good substitute for added sugar if you have a sweet tooth. Cranberry juice is gotten from cranberry fruits.

Cranberry juice is not only sweet,  but it also has its health benefits. It contains antioxidants.

Studies have shown that cranberry juice helps against and treats urinary tract infections, also helpful in the prevention of stomach and respiratory disorder. It is also good for diabetic patients.

Added sugar has no nutritional value, there are various other natural and good substitutes for added sugar which have health benefits.

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