What are Healthy Sugars to use?

The blogs and Facebook posts that we recently posted on artificial sweeteners have kicked off some great conversations. There is so much confusion out there about what is a healthy or unhealthy sugar to use. So, I will stop the confusion and pare down the choices to 3.What are Healthy Sugars to use?

1.    Stevia:

Is A highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant. It's completely safe in its natural form and can be used to sweeten most dishes and drinks.

2.    Monk Fruit

Monk fruit sweetener has been celebrated as a revolutionary way to sweeten foods and drinks without the harmful effects of traditional sugar and sugar substitutes.

Monk fruit contains compounds that, when extracted, are natural sweeteners 300–400 times the sweetness of cane sugar but with no calories and no effect on blood sugar. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! This fruit has been used as a sweetener for centuries. After many years of only being available overseas, it’s recently become easier to find in grocery stores in the U.S.  Along with its magical sweetening powers, monk fruit has long been regarded as the “longevity fruit” thanks to its high antioxidant levels. Throughout history, it was also used medicinally as an expectorant cough remedy and for help with other respiratory ailments. As monk fruit continues to be studied, more information about its health benefits are emerging.


3.   Raw Honey:

Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup

So here are the 3 simple answers. Do a taste test at home and see which one you like best. One small change in your choices of what you eat leads to years of health benefits.

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