WHAT if not SUGAR? Some Alternatives

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Reluctance towards sugar due to various health concerns is always there. People want to find ways to avoid it. Maybe you too share this experience. Gym trainers tell the ways to reduce its consumption and doctors also suggest you to avoid falling in love with sugary eatables.

The health issues that sugar may create are-

  • The Rise in glucose level
  • Diabetes
  • Tooth decay
  • Liver disease
  • Immune system capacity gets affected
  • Speed-up ageing process
  • Work as the stimulator of obesity
  • May cause heart disease

The list (as you know) is long and may include many more situations and this fact is more frightening. This makes the needs to find other ways of avoiding sugar.

The alternatives

Due to the search for the substitutes, we have detected many options that can replace sugar in our daily diet. Here they are–

Monk Fruit

It is a type of fruit that is transformed into a sweetener and used prevalently in the culinary world. The big hotels and restaurants use it to serve the concerns of the customers on eating sugar-free food.

  • It is calorie-free
  • Advisable for those which problems of respiratory system
  • More than 100 times sweet than sugar
  • Good for digestion


Brown rice syrup

It is the natural substitute that is the ‘safe play’ option if you want to avoid the sugar habit altogether. It is lighter on the liver as compared to the actual glucose. You can find the grocery stores that sell organic food items. It is easy to find online also.

  • No fructose and easy to absorb by the body
  • Only a less quantity is required as compared to the white sugar
  • Natural alternative


Oh, yes, it is always on the list. It is a natural option and easily available. From centuries, honey has been a prime source of energy also. From the urban people to the mountaineers, all accept and mention it as irreplaceable in importance.

Some of its benefits are –

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Healthy heart
  • Anti-microbial
  • Good for skin
  • Prevent mood swings etc.

Maple Syrup

Obtained from the maple trees, it is boiled on a high temperature to get sticky syrup. However, it is high in calories, and excessive use is not advisable. Besides, some of the benefits it delivers are-

  • Rich in manganese, which helps to give energy
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Enhancement in immune health etc.
  • Not strong in taste


With origination in South America, Stevia is centuries old in its use as the alternative to sugar. Many health-conscious people prefer it as it is not highly processed. It has the following benefits:

  • Improved weight control efforts
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Prevents allergies
  • Good for children

Dates (as raw as well as in syrup form)

Perhaps no introduction is required for dates. The time you are reading this blog, they may be sitting right on your dining table in the kitchen. It is full of many good things that make more than just a substitute for sugar.

They are full of:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Iron
  • Manganese

One precaution to keep in mind is to eat them only with meals.


It is an artificial sweetener, which is more than 500 times sweeter than sugar. The best part is, it has no calories. The essential features found in it are:

  • Suitable for patients with diabetes
  • Recommended by dieticians in the part of balance diet chart
  • It is heat-stable
  • Can be added raw to the foods and drinks

Yacon syrup

Sweet, thick and dark in appearance, this syrup is taken from the Yacon plant. It cannot be baked but can be used in coffee or tea. Some of its features are –

  • Reduces hunger and overeating
  • Lighter on body parts with no threat to the hearing, liver or any other organ
  • A small amount is sufficient to make the food sweet

Excessive use is prohibited as it can create health issues like discomfort, gas, diarrhoea.

The natural options may be a bit expensive. Keep more money for grocery if you love the organic stuff in the kitchen. However, the one common benefit in all the above alternatives is that all are readily available. Maybe it is not as easy as doorstep loans but either to the grocery store near to you place or online.

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