5 Alternatives to Refined Sugar

September 01, 2020

5 Alternatives to Refined Sugar

5 alternatives to refined sugar

Before getting starting, understand that you shouldn't feel guilty if you consume refined sugar. I also eat some occasionally. However, there are existing alternatives way richer in minerals, vitamins and nutrients, and I think it's good to acknowledge them. In my opinion, they even have better taste than refined sugar!

So here are my 5 favorite alternatives:

1. Fruits!

Fruits are great natural sweeteners, and they taste so good! For example, in your sweet recipes, incorporate mashed bananas, apples or dates, and you'll see that their taste will be 100 times better, in addition to adding a very moist texture to your desserts!

2. Maple syrup, agave syrup and molasses

Personally, I love maple syrup! It's actually the main sweetening agent in my recipes. Besides being a source of antioxidants, its taste is simply divine, and its syrupy texture is perfect! On its side, agave syrup has a more neutral taste reminiscent of honey, so this is an excellent alternative in a vegan diet. As for molasses, I use it in my fall and winter recipes since its licorice and caramel taste goes wonderfully with spicy recipes!

3. Natural flavors

It's only recently that I started using more natural flavors in my recipes. There are a ton of varieties: pure vanilla, orange blossom, almond, lemon, caramel, mint, etc.! All these additions are making our recipes so flavorful!

4. Coconut sugar

I have to admit that I don't often cook with this sugar, but what I do know is that it has several advantages, such as having a lower glycemic index and being a less-processed sugar (by going through only two processing steps). Its taste is even more pronounced than refined sugar, similar to caramel.

5. Spices

Kind of like natural flavors, spices have the power of giving a taste to our meals! For dessert recipes, I love adding cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and/or ginger!
 

If you wish to reduce your intake in refined sugar, I hope you'll find this article helpful!

By Katia Bricka
Writer at RAW Nutritional




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog Articles

10 ways to take care of yourself in 2021
10 ways to take care of yourself in 2021

January 05, 2021

Cheers to a whole new year! Over time, you learn that the best way to be happy in all areas of your life is to first take care of yourself. Not the others. 2021 is the time to get started. We all have to begin somewhere... Here are some ways to do so!

Read More

How & Why Consume More Beans and Legumes?
How & Why Consume More Beans and Legumes?

January 01, 2021

Legumes are an integral part of vegetarians' and vegans' food routine. They help reach our fibre, carbohydrates and protein intake. Find out how to add and consume them daily with these 5 tips.

Read More

Holidays during a pandemic
Holidays during a pandemic

December 11, 2020

Being apart from our families and friends will definitely make us realize how important it is to share and create wonderful moments with our loved ones. This year, we will celebrate a completely different holiday season. Here are a few ways to get through it and enjoy anyway!

Read More