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Having sugar is the ultimate treat— the rush, the satisfaction, and the comfort are unmatched. However, sugar is a deadly thing to consume and has been linked to various diseases. So, where do the people with sweet tooth go? Do they not have feelings? We know the pain that comes with being healthy so we’ve put together the best five healthy white sugar substitutes.

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Why Should You Avoid White Sugar?

Those with a sweet tooth can consume more sugar than is advised. WHO advises that 6 Tbsp/day is the maximum limit. Eating too much sugar contributes to weight gain, tooth decay, elevated triglycerides and blood pressure, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease. So here’s what you can use to cut this out:

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1. Stevia

The South American native plant stevia is 200–300 times sweeter than normal sugar. However, it has no calories and does not affect blood sugar levels. It’s the perfect substitute for diabetic people or people looking to have a healthy life!

2. Honey

Honey is one of the oldest natural sweeteners. This natural ingredient can range from light and mildly flavorful to dark and powerfully scented. It all depends on the plant it comes from.

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If you opt for raw honey, you will also enjoy all of its incredible health advantages. For instance, improved sleep, a stronger immune system, and relief from seasonal allergies.

3. Coconut Sugar

This may sound unusual but it’s an excellent substitute for white sugar. Coconut sugar, which has a flavour and appearance similar to brown sugar, is made from the nectar of coconut palm flower buds. The best part is that it doesn’t cause a blood sugar increase as quickly as white sugar because of its low glycemic index. It also has minerals including potassium, zinc, iron, or calcium.

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4. Dates

We all already know how precious dates are. They are one of the best natural sweeteners. They facilitate digestion and lower blood sugar absorption because of their high fibre content. Moreover, this dry fruit has nutrients like selenium, calcium, folate, and vitamin K.

5. Maple Syrup

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Last but definitely not the least. This is maple syrup– the yummiest white sugar substitute. It is made from the sap of the North American native maple tree which is boiled. It gives your recipes a caramel-like flavour and (did you know?) is a great source of manganese and zinc.

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