Safe Natural Sweeteners to use in Your Recipes

Do you find yourself craving something sweet? Maybe after lunch or before bedtime. A little sweetness can be a good thing! But what if that sweetness comes from an artificial source? Artificial sweeteners are chemically synthesized and have been shown to cause many health problems. So it’s important to use natural alternatives in your recipes to avoid these risks.

Healthiest natural sweeteners

Today we are going to be talking about safe, natural sweeteners you can use in your recipes. Sometimes people think they should avoid sugar for their health, but it is because it is not very healthy for our teeth or we cannot tolerate the taste of sugar, so we need alternatives that will still give us a little sweetness without all those other issues. There are many types of substitutes, including honey, maple syrup, stevia, coconut palm sugar, and more! Let’s look at what each one has to offer and which ones might work best for you.

healthiest sweeteners

Ever wonder what kind of sweeteners you can use in your recipes? With so many options out there, it’s hard to know which one is the best for you.  However, here are some natural sweeteners that may be a better choice for you. I’ll also show you how to substitute them into your favorite recipes!

Natural Sweetener Options: Maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, dried fruit (dates), and fruit purees (bananas).

Best and worst sugar substitutes

Sweeteners, like sugar and honey, are used in many recipes. But did you know that they can be harmful to your health?  With the rise of diabetes, obesity, and other illnesses, it is becoming more important to reduce or eliminate sweeteners. Luckily some safe, natural sweeteners will not affect your health negatively. These include Stevia, Monk Fruit Extract, Erythritol, and Xylitol.

  • Stevia: Stevia is a plant that grows in South America with leaves that have been used for centuries as a sugar substitute. It has zero calories and does not affect blood sugar levels like regular sugar would do.
  • Honey: Honey is a great alternative for those who want something sweeter but still want something natural with no processed ingredients or additives. You should watch out for added sugars because honey contains naturally occurring sugars from the nectar of flowers it was made from.
  • Maple syrup: The color of this liquid isn’t from added coloring like white table syrup – it comes from the tree sap tapped from maple trees. It’s also high in antioxidants and zinc, which boost immunity and help fight illness!
  • Dates: These dried fruits have a caramel flavor with less sweetness.

I always try to find the safest natural sweeteners that are available. That way, I can avoid refined sugars and artificial sugars. If you’re like me, then you’ll love these recipes using stevia or agave nectar as their sweetener.