6 Substitutes for sugars

May 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Sugar Alternatives

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Substitutes for sugar #1:

Coconut Sugar or Palm Sugar

This is one of my favourite substitutes for sugar…(Palm sugar is made from the sap of sugar palm tree, also called ‘date palm; and coconut sugar comes from coconut tree flowers – but both great NATURAL sweeteners and make great substitutes for sugar)

It is classified as a low glycemic index food, so it has been very popular among diabetics.  However, it’s gaining mainstream popularity all the time.  It is considered to be much healthier than white sugar and brown sugar.  So, one of the GREATEST substitutes for sugar!
Coconut sugar is a rich source of:

–potassium,
–magnesium,
–zinc,
–iron,
–Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6

The coconut sap has a very high content of Glutamine and Inositol which makes it a great substitute for sugar.

So, why are these such great substitutes for sugar?

First, Glutamine has been shown to be a great treatment of serious illnesses and related-side-effects of cancer as well as in wound healing (reduces healing time)

As for Inositol, it is the highest amount of all the vitamins found in the coconut sap (where coconut sugar comes from).

Inositol has been known to relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

The most interesting benefit of theses substitutes for sugar are,  iInositol’s effects on the central nervous system and its role in the development of healthy cells.

Because of this, it is recommended as a treatment for:

–anxiety,
–depression,
–bipolar mood disorder,
–obsessive compulsive disorder
–panic disorders.

Evidence also shows that it has been useful in treating other mood disorders and neuro-psychological disorders.

Substitutes for sugar #2:

Brown Rice Syrups

If you look at where this natural substitutes for sugar comes from (Brown rice) we can clearly see how it’s so beneficial.

Brown rice is simply white rice that has the bran intact.
This is what makes it a much better source of fiber (and therefore one of the great substitutes for sugar)

Besides the fiber, bran contains many great nutrients:

–magnesium,
–manganese
–zinc

Substitute for sugar #3:

Xylitol (and Stevia)


These are both natural substitutes for sugar.  They can be used in baking, cooking, coffee, etc.

I have heard that if you mix these two you have a perfect substitute (taste wise) for regular sugar.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in vegetables and fruit.  It’s also in corn on the cob and various hardwood trees.  It occurs naturally in our metabolisms as well as in the metabolism of several plants.

Benefits of using Xylitol:

–inhibits yeast growth (opposite of refined white or brown sugar which feeds yeast)
–hardly any effect on blood sugar and insulin levels
–dentist use it in products because it’s been proven to inhibit cavities and plaque and helps tooth enamel

These two ingredients are use as sugar substitutes

Substitutes for sugar #4:

RAW honey

– This is medicine for your body, mind and soul and when it comes to great substitute for sugar, this is one of the best.  It has been known for centuries as “liquid gold”.
But beware!  If you are buying honey from your local grocery store, chances are it’s the ‘fake’ kind….yes, even if it says “pure”!

Most honey available on the market is processed with heat and filtered through a fine filter paper. Pasteurizing honey destroys enzymes and vitamins while removing protein-rich pollen.  This pasteurization process ensures that the honey remains liquid for a very long time.
(Coming up:  a great article on the benefits of bee pollen!  Did you know it’s a superfood?)

When it finally starts to granulate, the crystals begin to form at the bottom of the jar.

This is a sure sign that the honey has been refined and processed.

The best way to buy honey when looking for substitutes for sugar, Please look for LOCAL and RAW honey…and buy it :)
Just like most foods, try to buy local any chance you can…

A couple of wonderful things that make this one of the best substitutes for sugar:
Raw honey  has natural enzymes and many, many healing properties.
This (and much more) makes it a phenomenal substitute for sugar.

I think it’s important to note that honey will affect your blood sugar levels.
Also, never, ever feed honey to children under 2.

Local RAW honey can even help with allergies!

On the list of substitutes for sugar, this is one of the best.

Substitutes for sugar #6:

Miel de Agave (and organic agave nectar)  –

First, you need to make sure your Agave is certified organic and as clear as possible (lighter in colour the better). Agave enters your blood stream very slowly and is safe for most diabetics (most of the time).
It’s made from agave cactus which is also used to make tequila :)
However, all agave nectars are NOT made equally.  Some on the market today are processed and high-fructose.
(See this article on Agave:  Is Agave Nectar bad for you?)
Regular agave nectar (especially the super dark one) is NOT considered natural.  It’s highly processed and even burned (hence the dark colour)…definitely not one of the best substitutes for sugar.

Substitutes for sugar #7:

 FRUIT

Contain natural sugar.  I use certain fruit in anything I want sweetened.
I really believe you can consume as many fruit as your heart desires :)

Ps.  I’ve recently tried DATES in smoothies and WOW!   Talk about an energy boost!  I rarely need to add “sugar” in other forms to anything I eat.

TIP ! :  Dates are an AMAZING substitutes to sugar, especially in muffins and baking :)

TIP 2:  If you have constant sugar cravings, (like I used to), it only means you have an imbalance going on in the brain.
The key is to fix that first…this is done by nutrition and eating foods that satisfy the part of the brain that needs it.

Cravings exist because our BRAIN isn’t satisfied, not because our stomach isn’t full!!
That’s also a huge reason obesity exists.