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Natural Alternatives to Sugar

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author image William McCoy
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Natural Alternatives to Sugar
Honey can serve as a natural sweetener in many types of food. Photo Credit Jag_cz/iStock/Getty Images

If you're anxious to find natural alternatives to replace the sugar in your diet, you're doing your health a favor. According to an article published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" in 2014, a heightened sugar intake can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Some natural alternatives can still elevate your blood glucose but provide benefits along with their sweetness.

Sweetener Stand-Ins

Honey and maple syrup are natural alternatives to sugar that are easy to find in the supermarket. Unlike sugar, which has little nutritional value, honey has a slight amount of protein and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and potassium. Pure maple syrup, meanwhile, is packed with antioxidants that can product your body's cells from free-radical damage. Stevia, a green-leafed plant, is devoid of calories and won't cause an increase in your blood glucose.

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