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10 All-Natural Sugar Alternatives


There is so much talk in the health and wellness world lately about trends like the Whole30 diet, clean eating, and other nutritional hot topics. Many of these diets and nutritional regimens call for swapping refined foods for more natural products and one of the best places to start doing this is by swapping out refined sugars.

Most of us are overdoing it on sugar these days and should really be cutting back all together, in fact, the US Government Dietary Guidelines recommends limiting added sugar to just 10 percent of your daily calories. While it may take some time to wean yourself down to the government’s recommended levels, a great way to start is by substituting refined sugars like white and brown sugars for more natural alternatives like these ten natural sugar alternatives…

1. Maple Syrup

This sweet amber-colored syrup is synonymous with all things Canadian as it’s derived from the sap of the maple tree. It has a distinctive flavor that many people describe as deliciously addictive and some of the benefits include the fact that it is 100 percent natural, contains no artificial colors or additives, and contains many beneficial minerals including potassium, calcium, sodium and copper.

Though maple syrup production requires the tree sap to be boiled, this is considered minimal processing making it an unrefined, all-natural sweetener. Maple syrup can be easily used in baking as a sugar substitute with minimal adjustments to the recipe.

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