We all want sweetness into our lives, right? It’s the best thing to have but is it good to have sweetness in our foods as well. Yes! Absolutely, but in a healthy way. Which means we need to omit refined sugar from our lives. Now you may think, ‘HOW’ ? There are some foods or drinks which we can’t really imagine without sweet. Believe me, there are some few alternatives of refined sugar and those are harmless when it comes to our healthy. Moreover these have many health benefits. These tastes so delicious and most importantly you can consume it with no worries. So sharing 6 healthy replacements for refined sugar in today’s post:
1.Jaggery – The first and most easy available replacement is sugar. You can have jaggery powder. Jaggery not only gives sweetness but comes with bunch of benefits. Jaggery stimulates digestive enzyme secretion and prevents digestive disorders. Jaggery purifies blood and is a rich source of potassium, which helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as the building up of muscles and improving the metabolism in the body. It boosts immunity and treats coughs and cold. Basically, jaggery has innumerable benefits for our health.
2.Honey – Honey is another healthy replacement for refined sugar. This sweetener not only makes your tastebuds happy but gives so many healthy benefits. Honey has always been into Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. Honey contains many important antioxidants which help to lower blood pressure level. It is a rich source of phenols which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
3.Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar is also a widely used replacement of refined sugar. Coconut sugar is a palm sugar produced from the sap of the flower bud stem of the coconut palm. It comes in crystal or granule form, block or liquid. So it’s so easy to use. I prefer to have granular because it dilutes easily. Coconut sugar contains iron, zinc, and calcium, which have many health benefits, including stronger bones. Vitamin C is best known for helping support your immune system and keeping you from getting sick, but it also supports healthy joints and skin and fortunately coconut sugar has that.
4.Maple Syrup – The next replacement is Maple syrup. It is a liquid which is typically extracted from the xylem sap and was discovered in North America. Maple syrup is one of the best alternatives to refined sugar and has good number of benefits. It boosts energy. Maple syrup has decent quantum of zinc which mineral helps to protect prevents arteries from hardening. This syrup contains manganese and helps to boost good cholesterol levels in the blood.
5.Dates – The next alternative is dates. Dates are delicious and nutritious. These are high in disease fighting antioxidants. Dates are rich in protein, iron and vitamins and helps to improve bone health. It also improves skin quality. You can have it directly or even you can make a paste out of it and mix it with your Smoothie, Pancakes, Muffins, Cakes & Cookies, Puddings, Kheer, Sweets, Grain-free baking mixes for a Natural & Nutritional Sweet Flavour & Texture. You can make a powder of dried dates (Chhikara) and store it. There are so many store-bought options of powdered dates (dried) but those might contain harmful preservatives. If possible make it yourself.
6.Stevia – If you all are wondering what is Stevia. Then let me give you a glimpse of it: Stevia is a sweetener and a great sugar substitute derived from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana which is native to Brazil and Paraguay. The active compounds of this leaves have 30 to 150 times the sweetness of sugar. Thus Stevia is low in calories and much sweeter than sugar. If used as a substitute, it helps in weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels.
These are the replacements. Now just don’t worry about putting sweetness into your lives . Happy sweetening!
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