Refined sugars vs. Natural sweeteners

The human body was originally designed to consume only foods from nature, where refined sugars were non-existent. None of these are essential to a healthy diet. Some may be tolerated only as a rare, occasional treat, depending on each person’s unique biochemistry, however, refined sugars are best avoided. Look below and replace all refined sugars with the natural sweetener alternatives.

Refined sugars: White sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, maple sugar, regular (refined) maple syrup, corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, fructose and levulose. None of these are essential to a healthy diet.

Natural sweeteners: Stevia[1], unpasteurized honey[2], agave nectar, coconut sugar, 100% pure maple syrup, unsulphured molasses, brown rice syrup, barley malt, date sugar, evaporated cane juice, Luo Han Guo and dried fruits are all great natural sweeteners.

Michale Hartte, BASc (Nutr), RNCP is a Registered Nutritional Consultant and offers Customized Online Nutritional Plans through her website. Visit www.fitnhealthynutrition.com to take your FREE health assessment.

[1] Best Choice.

[2] Not suitable for under 1 year of age.