With increasing research supporting the negative impact of sugar on the body, its role in reducing overall health and decreasing success in weight loss goals, getting rid of sugar is a regular part of healthy living checklists.
When that happens though, it can be hard to know what to use as a healthy sugar alternative.
You may have read ingredient labels that included stevia. Another type of natural sweetener, Stevia is a sugar alternative that comes from a plant, where the plant’s sweet nectar is extracted from the leaves and then left as a liquid or turned into crystals. The sweetness that it offers is very concentrated, meaning you need a minute amount in comparison to the amount of refined sugar you would usually use. Stevia is a great option to use as your sugar replacement for favorite beverages, like coffee and tea or in baked goods.
Monk Fruit Sweetener
A relatively new player on the market, monk fruit sweetener is extracted from monk fruits and is a great alternative for your baking, in your morning oats or for your hot beverage. It is low in calories, and very concentrated in sweetness. Producers turn it into a powder or liquid, similar to you would find stevia, but it lends a slightly different flavor than traditional sweeteners so use in moderation, until you get used to it and the degree of sweetness it produces.
Just because you are giving up sugar doesn’t mean everything has to taste unappealing. Learn about sugar alternatives and how to use them and your health will be better for it, while your food will still taste delicious!
By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH – Viand Nutrition