6 healthy substitutes for white sugar

One of the main reasons we crave sugar is when our body is in imbalance; but eating white sugar is not the answer.  Substitutewhite sugar with organicjaggery,sugarcanejuice, grapes, honey and dried (dates, raisins, apricots) and fresh fruits. These are not only delicious substitutes for white sugar but are also extremely healthy. Here are their benefits:

Honey

Honey is a healthy substitute for white sugar. It strengthens the heart, prevents cold, cough and fever and purifies blood. Being alkaline in nature, it does not produce acidity or gas. People with high BP problem should have honey as acetylcholine present in honey increases blood flow to the heart thereby decreasing blood pressure.

Dry fruits

These include fruits which have beendried. The most popular ones are dates (khajur), raisins (kishmish), figs (anjeer) and prunes (sukhaalubukhara).

Dates are an excellent source of potassium, iron, and vitamin B apart from being high in fibre. You can make khajur chutney or date sauce if you do not want to eat it raw.

For those who wish to sweeten their food with sugar, simply toss a few raisins in it instead. These are succulent, sweet and even contain the nutrients of grapes.

If you suffer from digestive problems, eat dry figs. They’re great for those battling asthma and even a regular cough and cold as they are mucus-drying.

Sugarcane juice

Although white sugar is made fromsugarcane, the refining process removes many useful nutrients.Sugarcanejuice contains vitamins B and C and is rich in organic salts of calcium, iron and manganese. It is recommended for people suffering from anemia and jaundice and is a refreshing beverage.

Jaggery

Often called ‘medicinal sugar’, it is useful for curing problems like cough, constipation and indigestion and has a high mineral content ensuring that we get our micronutrients.Jaggeryis the closest substitute for sugar when it comes to usage. It can be used exactly like sugar. You getjaggeryin powder form, solid form and even liquid form. You can sweetenchikkisand other Indian sweets usingjaggerywhich make excellent dessert options. It can even be used indals, vegetables and curries which need to be slightly sweetened.

Fruits

It is better to fulfill your sugar requirements from fruits like mangoes oranges, banana, carrots, beets, papaya, apple, watermelon etc. The sugar in them is in less concentrated form and hence doesn’t increase blood sugar level that drastically. Fruits are delectable, sweet and have zero fat.



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