What are natural alternatives to artificial sweeteners?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Instead of artificial sweeteners, try one of these natural alternatives:
  • Honey: Unlike white table sugar, honey is a complex food. One teaspoon contains 25 other compounds including proteins, amino acids and trace minerals.
  • Agave: A distilled sweetener derived from the blue agave cactus, agave has a low glycemic index.
  • Stevia: A low-calorie sweetener that comes from a plant native to Paraguay and Brazil, stevia is 200 times sweeter than table sugar, so a little goes a long way.
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