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7 Sweet Alternatives to Refined Sugar


Refined sugars make their way into a wide variety of grocery shelf products, from cakes, cookies, fruit juices, and even slightly less obvious sources like cereals and barbecue sauce.

Livestrong.com notes Americans consume an average of 350-calories per day in sugars, and that eating high levels of refined sugar can negatively impact your health (and lead to diabetes). However, you can still enjoy a sweet treat that contains natural sugars – and here are seven “good” sugar sources to turn to the next time you have a craving.

1. Honey

SheKnows.com explains that honey is actually sweeter than refined sugar, which means you don’t need as much of it if you’re adding it to a recipe for sweetness. However, “be aware that honey still contains a significant amount of sugar and should be used in moderation,” it adds.

Healthline.com also adds another plus about eating honey – while it’s primarily fructose and glucose (sugars), it contains “trace amounts” of healthy components including amino acids, B-vitamins, Vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants.

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