6 Unrefined Alternatives to Processed Sugar
There is sugar in virtually everything we eat. But, not all sugars are created equal. Refined sugars are the processed sweeteners found in most packaged products, whereas unrefined sugars occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. Eliminating processed sugar from your diet can lead to better health over all. To get a jump start on the transition to natural sweeteners, try these tasty alternatives.
Antioxidant and nutrient rich, coconuts provide healthy fats. Coconut sugar is an awesome substitute for processed sugar. Try it in your tea or coffee—it tastes similar to brown sugar. Side note: you can find it at your local grocer or Whole Foods.
This powdery sugar is made from dried and powdered dates. The process is easy enough: slice and slowly roast the dates, let them completely cool, and throw them in a food processor. If you don't want to make it yourself, you can always grab some of Bob's Red Mill to replace some of the refined sugar in your everyday recipes.
Raw honey is simply a must-have in the house. As a naturally occurring antibacterial, this stuff helps boost your immune system and has a high antioxidant level (a great soother for a sore throat). Aside from the heath benefits, it's absolutely delish on top of plain yogurt or oatmeal with berries.
The OG, farm-family sweetener is an awesome swap when baking—especially in savory banana or zucchini bread (with unsweetened dark chocolate, always). Manganese and zinc in Maple sap help to keep your immune system strong and provide lasting energy.
Low on the glycemic index scale, agave will have a very low impact on your blood sugar levels. Drizzle this over your waffles or pancakes for a happy-high, not a sugar-high. Fun fact: the blue agave plant (where the nectar comes from) is also used to make tequila!
Nutrient-rich molasses is a great sugar alternative for baking It can also be used in homemade BBQ sauce for that tangy-sweet combo.
Cut back on refined sugar and curb that sweet temptation with these naturally occurring sugar alternatives. Have you tried to rid your life of processed sugar?