It is no secret that large amounts of white sugar is bad for our health, giving us energy lulls and headaches, and can cause havoc to your skin!
What can you do when you feel a bit of a slump and get a sweet craving? Do not reach for the chocolate. Instead, reach for the natural sources of sweetness that will give you less of a low and make you feel happier and healthier in the long run!
Although fruit does contain fructose, it also contains fiber. Stick to apples and berries which taste sweet but are not as surgary as pineapples, bananas and dried fruit.
Even though honey shouldn’t be consumed in large amounts as it contains both fructose and glucose, it has many benefits. It is full of vitamins and trace minerals, and dark honey especially is believed to be packed with antioxidants. Pure maple syrup contains over 20 health promoting compounds, while blackstrap molasses is high in iron, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium.
Stevia helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels in diabetics, and xylitol has been know to prevent cavities and promote gum health.
Resources: OnFitness Magazine