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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 10 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 10 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 10 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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