The holidays are upon us, which means a lot more opportunity for sugar-filled treats, and possibly cavities. Fortunately, you can still enjoy these yummy treats when using natural sugar alternatives and being aware of what you’re consuming on a daily basis! Here are just a few natural sugar alternatives for a healthy, cavity-free life!
This sugar substitute has zero calories and is extracted from a leaf called “Stevia Rebaudiana,” which originates from South America. It has the ability to lower high blood pressure AND insulin levels! This sugar alternative is best as a substitute in your morning coffee, baked goods and even in smoothies.
This sugar alcohol is in many fruits and veggies and reduces tooth decay. But be careful!- it is toxic to our furry friends, so keep it out of reach. Humans only!
This sugar alcohol only contains 6% of calories found in sugar, and tastes just like the real thing!
Now that you’ve learned about what you should be eating, let’s review some harmful derivatives to avoid:
High fructose corn syrup
This is common in sodas, sugary snacks, crackers, and ice cream. It can also increase the likelihood of cancer and obesity.
You may even recognize this as a healthier sugar alternative, however, it is 85% fructose. This is commonly associated with diabetes and other diseases.
Moderation is always ideal when consuming sugar in order to avoid serious diseases and risk of tooth decay. Check out some recipes that you can feel good about during the holidays– and any other time of the year!