Updated: Sep 5, 2020
Most of us already know that excess sugar in our diets can lead to adverse health effects which is why there has been a rise in popularity of “sugar free” products on the market. A lot of these products are substituted with artificial sweeteners or other chemicals to mimic the taste of sugar which can be just as harmful to the body. As someone who deals with clients looking to balance their blood sugar, I have a list of natural sweeteners that contain more nutrients and fibre than white sugar making them a more NUTRITIOUS choice. These natural sweeteners can be used in baking and cooking in replacement of white sugar but in different quantities. These sweeteners are very different from non-nutritive sweeteners such as Stevia which is a whole other topic!
I’ve done the guesswork for you below to replace white sugar with these healthier alternatives in your recipes:
✨COCONUT SUGAR - replace 1/2 cup of white sugar with 1/2 cup of unrefined coconut sugar
✨HONEY - replace 1/2 cup of white sugar with 1/3 cup of honey - reduce liquids in recipe by 2 tsp and if the recipe doesn’t already call for baking soda, add 1/4 tsp of baking soda
✨MAPLE SYRUP - replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup - reduce liquids in recipe by 3 tbsp for every cup of maple syrup used
✨DATE SUGAR - replace 1 cup of white sugar with 1 cup of date sugar - I just started using Liva Food's date sugar in my recipes and the caramel undertone is incredible!
The bottom line is that the above sweeteners are good alternatives to refined white sugar, but the key word is that they are ALTERNATIVES and should be used in moderation. Eating too much sugar has been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease so with most things, moderation here is key! Save this post for reference when substituting white sugar for any of the alternatives above.