Healthy Eating 4 substitutes for sugar

We all know that sugar does more harm than good to our health, from tooth diseases to liver problems. Here's how to reduce your sugar intake.

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If you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, but find it difficult to take your beverages and pastries without a sweetener, here are several alternatives.

1. Honey:

This golden brown natural sweetener tastes divine. Not only does it taste sweet, it is full of antioxidants and antimicrobials which has numerous health benefits.

 

Honey can be used to sweeten tea, coffee and it can be used for baking too.

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2. Agave nectar:

This liquid sweetener is made from the different species of agave plant. Agave nectar tastes even sweeter than honey and sugar, thus, the quantity used must be significantly reduced, compared to the quantity of sugar or honey one would normally use.

While it is excellent for tea and coffee, it is not so easy to bake with. It also makes baked foods a little for brown than usual.

3. Stevia:

Stevia is made from a South American plant with the same name. The beauty of stevia is that it contains no calories, no carbs, and it does not raise blood sugar. Stevia can be used to sweeten drinks, cereal and even pastries.

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Some soda and sports drink brands make use of stevia in their products.

4.  Saccharin:

This chemical compound has been used as a sugar substitute since the 19th Century. It tastes about 500 times sweeter than sugar and so must be used in small quantity. 

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