Best Healthy Replacements For Sugar

Many people decide to quit sugar, although not forever, but at least for a few months. Even if you avoid it for 30 days, it helps a great deal in resetting your blood sugar levels and hormones, clearing your skin as well as curbing the overall addiction. 

Will it be of any use if you replace one kind of sugar with another? No, even sugar substitutes are sugar. Therefore, the best thing would be to give training to your body so that it automatically craves less sugar. You need to substitute sugar with stevia and fruits. 

Humans are smart enough to make such intelligent decisions where they can still indulge whatever they crave. 

‘Bad Sugar’ 

If you seriously plan to avoid white sugar, to start with, check labels before consuming anything. Some labels might say ‘cane sugar’ followed by ‘organic’ or ‘natural.’ Please avoid the item as much as possible. Cane sugar, even if dubbed, is still a form of white sugar, and even a pinch of it can throw your blood sugar levels and hormones out of whack. 

The same is the case with alcohol. A prevalent concept where people abstain themselves from alcohol is dry January. The sugar present in alcohol can throw your body’s insulin production into overdrive, making the body store all the extra glucose in the form of fat. As a result, your sugar cravings also increase. 

Many people prefer wine as a method to wind down from a hectic day, which will ultimately lead you to crave something sweet only after taking some sips. So, it would be better to indulge in healthy alternatives to sugar. 

Juices That Are Fruit-Sweetened 

Suppose you opt for a juice made up using natural ingredients or a vegetable blend and does not have added sugar. You will be getting everything in the right proportions- antioxidants, vitamins, etc. 

But, you should also know that all the green juices have a large amount of sugar in them, no matter whether they are from fruits or not. This is because all these juices need many servings of different fruits, even for a single cup. Also, the fiber content is relatively low. Even if it contains kale juice, Apple juice will raise your blood sugar level, and the cravings for carb-rich items like pasta and bread will increase. 

The solution to this vicious cycle is that either you go with a green juice in which the vegetable to fruit ratio is high or opt for smoothies to get some fiber, proteins, and fats. 

Honey

Your body can easily digest honey when compared with cane sugar. This is because the bees have already broken down the sugar present in honey. Some other health benefits of honey include vitamins, antioxidants as well as minerals. It is a good cough suppressant along with providing relief from allergies. 

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that a single tablespoon of honey has about 23 calories and around six grams of sugar. Whereas on the other hand, there are 16 calories and four grams of sugar in white sugar. Comparatively, honey has a lower amount of glucose and fructose. Still, these quantities are sufficient to lead to a spike in insulin levels. 

Therefore, you should always go for organic raw honey if you wish to get that nutritional bang for every buck you spend. Organic honey is not much processed and also contains natural minerals. Honey, being sweeter and denser as compared with sugar, you require less of it. 

Coconut Sugar

Inulin, which is a prebiotic fiber, is present in coconut sugar. This fiber slows down glucose absorption and proves to be suitable for the digestive system. It is also a great source of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It is a kind of low- glycemic sweetener because, compared to sugar, it has a lower negative impact on blood sugar. 

Studies show that the components of coconut sugar also include table sugar- that too more than about 75%. The rest of the 25% is minerals and inulin. Your hunger levels and insulin can be very severely affected by these glucose and fructose quantities present in coconut sugar. 

Maple Syrup

Maple sugar is considered one of the best unrefined and natural sources of sugar in the market. It is rich in antioxidants and also has some polyphenols specialized for fighting inflammation. You can figure out the number of antioxidants through their color. The lighter the color, the lower the number of antioxidants present, and another benefit of maple syrup is that the overall sugar level in it is much less than honey. Even the fructose level is lower, the compound which messes up with your heart and liver. It also has fats in almost trace amounts which assists you in assuaging spikes in blood sugar. 

Along with lower sugars, maple syrup also has lower amounts of vitamins. It is pretty less sweet than honey. So, you are always inclined to use more of it. 

Use it in place of sugar or even honey. This way, you will also be able to cut back on a load of fructose. 

Conclusion 

If you wish to lower your sugar intake, you can skip your sugar substitutes and find the flavor from other sources. For example, cinnamon and coconut have an excellent sweet taste and also do not have sugar. Cinnamon can offset fruits and other sweeter foods. It can also be in your coffee, matcha, or smoothies. All of this depends entirely upon your personal preference. Keep on experimenting to find out what suits you best.