Refined white sugar is bad for health. Period.
You’ve probably heard this a million times that white sugar contributes to various health problems including obesity and diabetes. However, despite knowing this you somehow cannot say NO to those freshly baked cookies or that piece of chocolaty pastry. More often than not you always wish to satisfy your sweet tooth and never worry about putting on weight or falling prey to white sugar’s health hazards.
So, is there any way you could continue eating these delicious sweet goodies without including refined white sugar? Of course there is! Here’s a look at 5 best white sugar alternatives – some of which that also offer nutrition bonuses.
Raw honey: One of the best substitutes of white sugar is honey.
Apart from adding a divine sweet taste to your dishes, honey has several nutritional properties as well.
According to researchers, honey helps in strengthen the heart, prevents cold & cough and also purifies the blood. Since honey is alkaline in nature, it does not have any acidic effects on the body. For those who suffer from high blood pressure, honey is a great medicine to regulate the same. Since honey easily dissolves in liquids, you can add it to your juices and desserts in place of sugar.
Sugarcane juice: Don’t be surprised. Although sugar comes from sugarcane, it’s the refining process that eliminate all the essential nutrients of the same. Sugarcane juice is high in Vitamin B and C and is also rich in iron, manganese, calcium etc. Sugarcane juice in itself is a refreshing and re-energising drink. Add some ginger, lemon and mint for flavour and satisfy your sweet tooth with this awesome drink.
Dry fruits: Dates, raisins, dried figs, prunes, dried apricot are good substitutes for sugar, especially in baked goodies. Dates are not only sweet in nature but are also an excellent source of iron, Vitamin B, potassium and fibre. Toss in a few raisins in your oatmeal or breakfast cereal instead of sugar and enjoy a sweet meal. Dried figs not only add to your foods’ sweetness but also help in various digestive problems. Prune have a low glycemic index (GI) and hence are a great source of sugar for weight watchers. Even if you don’t add these to your food and just eat them as it is, they will satisfy your sugar cravings to a great deal.
Jaggery: Popularly known as ‘medicinal sugar’ in India, Jaggery is one of the best substitutes to white sugar. Apart from helping in overcoming several health issues like cough, indigestion, constipation etc., jaggery also provides your body with essential minerals. It can be used exactly like sugar and works well with Indian sweets. So don’t deprive yourself of your favourite mithais, instead make them at home using Jaggery
Stevia: Known as meethipatti in India, Stevia is a South American herb that not only adds to the sweet taste in your food, but also has several medicinal properties. It is known to lower blood pressure, boost digestion and also prevents acidity. Since its low in calories, it also works well with weight watchers and people suffering from diabetes. Readily available in powder form across groceries, you can add this to your food and beverages to enjoy a sweet treat. Not all forms of Stevia can be used for cooking, so in some cases you can add them once you’ve cooked the food.
Go for these sweeter swaps and you won’t have to worry about compromising on those sweet goodies. However, remember all this still has to be in moderation. After all, anything in excess is bad for health.