What are some sugar substitutes?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
Here are some sugar substitutes to choose from:
  • Raw honey. Only for use cold (don't cook or bake with it), raw honey is a natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. It's worth the extra effort to find raw honey, as pasteurization damages its delicate nutrients and beneficial enzymes.
  • Unsulphured, blackstrap molasses. This liquid by-product of the process of refining sugar is sweet while also high in minerals.
  • Rapadura. This is dried juice of the sugarcane, and as unrefined as you'll get when it comes to sugar.
  • Maple syrup. Splurge and get the real stuff. I like the lower grades, because the maple flavor is stronger. It's rich in minerals, and being Canadian, I'll admit I have a bias for this one.
  • Stevia. This sweet herb makes a nice and soothing tea if you use the whole leaf, and the powder made from it has become a favorite of many health practitioners because it has negligible impacts on blood sugar and zero calories. Use sparingly -- a little goes a long way.
  • Coconut sugar. This sugar is made from coconut blossoms, has a low glycemic load, and is only minimally refined. It's high in minerals and B vitamins, and works well in baking.
  • Dates. Dates are nice and sweet and packed with minerals. If you need to sweeten a sauce or a dressing, throw a pitted date into your food processor or blender, and it'll do the trick. Talk about unrefined!
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