Most food products, even some ?sugar-free? foods have added sugar. This is bad news for your heart and your waistline. The good news is there are many surprising and ?unconventional? alternatives to refined?sugar that also have added health benefits.
Honey is not only sweet is also antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti fungal; it has ?even been used to treat wounds. Its distinctive sweetness is not the same as?sugar, so substitute no more than one-third of the sugar for honey.
Salt. Strange as it may seem, a tiny pinch of salt can enhance the natural sweetness in many dishes; especially anything with fresh fruit. A tiny bit of salt enhances natural sweetness, but go easy.
Lactose is a type of natural sugar in milk and cream. A little bit smooths the bitterness in coffee and can also sweeten soups and stews. The calcium found in this product is?an added bonus.?This type of natural sugar?should be avoided by those that are?lactose intolerant.
Carrots. Some recipes for spaghetti sauce call for refined?sugar, but try?substituting?grated carrots instead. The natural sugar found in the carrotts will?add sweetness, vitamin A and beta carotene as well.
Beets.? Some refined sugar you eat comes from beets. ?They are among the sweetest plants. Try using this natural sweetner?in smoothies, grated into your next chocolate cake, or in soups.
Fresh Squeezed Juice from oranges?can be used to?sweeten??salad dressings that are prepared?with other ingredients like?olive oil and lemon juice.
Cooked onions ?have a high sugar content and be used to sweeten many different?recipes?
Maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes. It has fewer calories and more minerals than refined sugar and be used to sweeten baked goods and? coffee.