Sugar has become an integral part of our diet. We can consume a lot of sugar without even being aware, even something as simple as drinking a can of soda or having your morning cereal can put your sugar count through the roof. You might want to hold off on those sugar cravings as it can be very harmful to your health. A 15-year long study found that individuals had more than twice the risk of dying from heart disease if they got 25% or more of their daily calorie intake from sugar. Another study spanning over 10 years found a shocking connection between sugar and the decline in brain function. It found that individuals with high blood sugar had a much faster cognitive decline than individuals with normal blood sugar range. So as you can see, it is very important for your body to stay away from sugar. But don’t worry, you don’t have to say goodbye to the sweet stuff yet. You can still fulfill your sweet tooth by replacing sugar with natural sweeteners.
Here are some natural sweeteners that you can replace sugar with
1: Date Sugar
If you have ever eaten a date, you’ll know that they’re incredibly sweet and a bit sticky. This is why they are used as the main ingredient in so many health bars. Date sugar is made from dried ground dates. One teaspoon of this sugar contains 15 calories and about 3 grams of sugar. You can replace white sugar with date sugar in equal amounts, but using two-thirds also works well in most recipes. Just remember that date sugar does not dissolve well, so you will have to soften it before use. Place some date sugar in a glass or ceramic bowl with a moist paper towel and cover it with a lid or plate overnight and the next morning it’s good to go.