Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth:
Blackstrap molasses is considered the healthiest, most nutrient-dense type of molasses.
When baking, use 1 1/3 cups of molasses for every cup of sugar.
Or eat a spoonful a day.
Or add it to oatmeal or drizzle on pancakes or waffles.
Brown rice syrup is butterscotch-like flavored syrup and considered one of the most healthful sweeteners.
Barley malt syrup is robust-flavored and works well in muffins, cakes and sweet breads.
Coconut palm sugar lowers blood sugar and is a nutrient powerhouse with minerals like zinc, magnesium and potassium, enzymes and rich in energizing B vitamins and immunity-boosting vitamin C.
Stevia strengthens bones and may prevent osteoporosis. Is proven to harden tooth enamel and stave off cavities and tooth decay.
Powdered or liquid.
Agave boosts immunity. Has natural anti-inflammatory compounds and a special type of fiber called inulin that protects the digestive tract – may ease irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.
1/4 cup of agave equals a full cup of white sugar.
Honey protects against cancer with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anticancer properties.
For most nutrients, look for raw or wild honey, which is darker than regular honey.
Use half the amount of honey in place of sugar.
Xylitol prevents colds, ear infections, and sinus problems. Derived from the birch tree.
In health-food stores. Add to coffee, tea or for baking.
Use the same amount in place of sugar.
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