7 Best Healthy Sweetener Alternatives!
With so many sugar alternatives on the market today it can be confusing to know which to choose. The healthiest alternative sweeteners are lower on the glycemic index, have minimal impact on blood sugar levels, and cause digestive issues like gas or bloating. Here are some great healthy sweeteners you can try.
Monk fruit: Monk fruit is a small melon-like fruit grown in Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is 100 to 250 times sweeter than table sugar but doesn't have the same impact on blood sugar levels. It is available in granule form, syrup, or even liquid drops. Sometimes monk fruit is paired with erythritol, a sugar alcohol, to increase sweetness.
Maple syrup: Made from the sap of maple trees, maple syrup is an excellent alternative to honey or sugar. It has a lower glycemic index and is also high in antioxidants compared to other sweeteners.
Coconut sugar: Made from the sap of the coconut tree, coconut sugar is a less-processed form of sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index, meaning your blood sugar spike as much after eating it. It can be used at a 1:1 ratio with white sugar granules. Dates: Dates are high in fiber and other nutrients like potassium and magnesium.
Whole dates, date syrup, and date paste are all great alternatives for sweetening smoothies or baked goods.
Allulose: A type of sugar found in wheat and certain fruits like figs, allulose is slowly absorbed by the body and doesn't impact blood sugar levels. It is available in powder form and can be used in recipes, tea, and coffee.
Stevia: Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar but doesn't impact blood sugar levels. It can be used in baking or in any way you would use regular sugar.
Coconut syrup: Low on the glycemic index and a good prebiotic, syrup helps feed the good bacteria in your gut while it sweetens your food.
I use monk fruit all the time and it is the best but the problem is, it is very expensive
Due to long term being on the keto diet I have used a lot of stevia, monk fruit + erythritol and allulose. I would consider stevia the healthiest as it is natural but also it does have a strong after taste n from experience not suitable for baking as it turns bitter. Erythritol n allulose r much better in sense of taste for baking n tea/coffee sweetening purposes. This blog makes me realize the source of allulose and since I am intolerant to both wheat n fig I probably will have to reconsider excess use!