Top 5 Healthy Sugar Substitutes

This post is inspired by the challenge I am about to embark with a group of individuals, some who I know and some who I hope to get to know a bit better. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Beauty FIT Beast's 15-day Challenge here's what it's all about.

For 15 days participants will give up the following 5: Gluten,  Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Processed Foods and Alcohol (Cigarettes as well, if you smoke) and whatever else they want to give up (example: I am giving up coffee) or do something to enhance your health (example: I promise to sweat everyday). For more information on this free challenge and the professionals leading the challenge (I am one of them) simply follow this link and sign-up. 

One of the most challenging things to give up is sugar. As most of us know, sugar is found naturally in fresh fruit and vegetables. This is the most clean and natural source of sugar. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals needed for us to maintain optimum health.

There are five other healthy sugar substitutes that are clean, tasty and lower on the glycemic-index when compared to refined sugar and have health benefits.

Stevia is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-glycemic, and anti-hypertensive properties which may help with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, weight loss cold and flu and candidiasis. It may also improve energy levels, strengthen immune system, stimulate mental activity, and may also help in withdrawl from tobacco and alcohol addiction.

Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, eliminating free radicals. Darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.

100% Pure Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese and zinc. Zinc and manganese are important allies in the immune system. Manganese is an essential co-factor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and both act as antioxidant defenses.

Agave Nectar
Agave nectar's sweetness comes primarily from a complex form of fructose called inulin. Fructose is the sugar that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables. The carbohydrate in agave nectar has a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without the sugar rush and blood sugar spike caused by refined sugars.

Dates are an excellent source of dietary fiber which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative keeping you regular.

The information presented here is not intended to replace professional medical care when needed. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine selection and dosage.


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