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Sweet, Natural Sugar!

We all love sugar. I mean what's not love about sugar? While there is no alternative for Sugar's online community - smirk - there are some real natural alternatives to your ordinary processed (and stripped of any available nutrients) table sugar.

  • Stevia is far more sweeter than sugar and it comes from an herb -- Just don't call it an artificial sweetener, for now it can only go by dietary supplement.
  • Maple Syrup is just made from boiling sap and it has some trace minerals as well as some calcium and iron.
  • Natural Sugar is great because naturally milled sugars go through a single process that leaves some of the trace nutrients from the cane.
  • Honey is probably the most well known substitute for sugar -- Use it in place of sugar for its natural anti-inflammatory effect. Honey is also a natural antiseptic.
  • Date Sugar is simply ground dried dates so it still contains small amounts of several vitamins and minerals found in the dates.

Fit's Tip: Some people also use Molasses and Brown Rice Syrup as sugar alternatives but due to their distinct tastes I don't ever opt for them, but if you're indifferent you may want to give one or both a try.

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Fitness Fitness 9 years
Here is the deal on Stevia. It was banned to be used as a 'artificial sweetener' but it is ok if it is used as a 'dietary supplement'. Apparently the FDA has not approved it as a sweetener just yet even though other countries have been using it for decades. Check out my post on Stevia.
Memeredoobees Memeredoobees 9 years
Was Stevia really banned? I use it all the time. I'd like to read up on that. Anyone have the info?
cams cams 9 years
Even the "raw" sugar they sell is mildly processed. They take out something thats harmful, I dont remember what though.. Last time I checked Stevia was banned by the FDA?
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