I want to be honest and admit that, just like you, I used to have a lot of sugar cravings.
But seeing the toll that sugar consumption took on many of my patients (suppressed immune system, hormonal imbalance, etc.), I’ve decided to search for much healthier alternatives. Because the truth is… sugar is great for energizing your body. But you’d need to consume it in small amounts.
The American Heart Association Recommends
- No more than 6 teaspoons or 100 calories a day of sugar for most women.
- No more than 9 teaspoons or 150 calories a day for most men.
Let’s say you find out the foods that contain massive amounts of sugar and stop eating them all together. You even cut out sugar from coffee, tea, stop eating cakes, etc. You still won’t be able to control your sugar intake since the products you buy from the store contain a lot of hidden sugars (salad dressings, mustard, bread, Greek yogurt, etc.).
In fact, you can find sugar in over 93% of all products on the market.
However, I have discovered the secret to a sugar-free life. It’s way easier and tastier than you’d think. But it can also save your life.
Healthier Alternatives to Sugar Cravings
1. Maple Syrup
It is harvested from the sap of maple trees, which is then boiled down and filtered in sugar houses.
Maple syrup contains 70% sucrose and even has multiple antioxidants.
Sucrose will fill up your body with long-lasting energy.
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It is the pure juice extracted from the sugar cane, using a press.
This is then evaporated over low heat while being stirred with paddles, then sieve ground to produce a grainy sugar.
Rapadura is not cooked at high heats or spun to change it into crystals, and the molasses (the liquid produced during the process of making sugar) is maintained in the sugar.
“Sucanat” is the USA trade name for Rapadura. It’s the healthiest form of sugar you could find, containing vitamins B1, B2, B6 and niacin. It also has several essential minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
However, you should eat it in moderation.
3. Coconut Sugar
It is made from the sweet watery sap that drips from the cut flower buds of the coconut palm.
Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index (GI) and is rich in amino acids.
It typically contains less than 10% fructose, with sucrose being the primary component.
4. Yacon Syrup
It is extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacon plant and its syrup tastes similar to caramelized sugar.
Yacon Syrup has a low score on the glycemic index, half of the calories, and promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
It’s a perfect alternative for diabetics and people who want to say goodbye to sugar.
They contain antioxidants and fiber. These little-dried grapes add a kick to any baked good. For a creative spin on things, you should blend a cup of raisins in a food processor.
It can be the best substitute for your sugar morning coffee. This super spice not only adds a subtle sweetness, it also boosts your immunity, no calories included.
7. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
It will satisfy your sweet tooth without all the extra sugar the sweetened version includes.
For a warm winter treat, you should mix some unsweetened cocoa powder in a glass of hot water or skim milk.
Add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor!
Moreover, if you want to curb your sugar cravings for good, check these tips as well. They can fit into your busy or on the go lifestyle.