7 Healthy Alternatives To Refined Sugar That Will Change Your Life

02 Jul 2015
| Last update: 25 Aug 2017

Sugar is not healthy for us, we all know it by now. It’s not even about the fact that it makes us fat. It’s about the devastating health effects it has over time.

But we’re humans, and from time to time we crave sugar. It’s not unhealthy to satisfy these needs, but not in excess.

The good news is that there are plenty of healthy alternatives to refined sugar that you can use in your everyday life, whether it’s in your lemonade, or in your baking.


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You’ve probably used honey before, and you probably have it on hand in your kitchen. Honey is probably the most used substitute for sugar. It goes really well with your tea, with a lemonade, you can use it to sweeten homemade vegetable milk, or you can simply eat honey with a piece of bread, and butter. It’s yummy!

Coconut Sugar

This sugar is all natural, it’s loaded with potassium, and has an amazing tropical flavor. You can use it in smoothies, when baking, or when making some delicious pancakes.


Stevia is also one of the well known healthy alternatives for sugar, and it is actually extracted from the leaves of a plant. It is not only a great alternative to sugar, but it has zero calories. On top of that, it has numerous benefits for your health, such as lowering blood pressure and helping fight diabetes.


It is a sugar alcohol, and is found in fruits and some vegetables. Did you know that a normal functioning metabolism manufactures 15 grams of xylitol every day? The xylitol we buy is mainly extracted from corn.

Agave Nectar

Also known as the “nectar of gods,” agave nectar is very similar to honey. The only difference is that it can be found in a liquid form, but the taste is quite similar.

Maple Syrup


You’re probably associating maple syrup with pancakes, which is a great combination by the way. This sugar substitute is healthy as well, because it is packed with antioxidants. You can pour it over your waffles, eat it with granola, or use it to sweeten refreshing beverages.


Everybody loves bananas, am I right? Bananas are great because you can find them in any supermarket all year long. If you have some extra ripe bananas but don’t really like to eat them like this, don’t throw them away just yet. You can use them in green smoothies to give them a little bit of a taste, make a delicious banana bread, or even make some amazing pancakes, which will have an amazing texture.

Try These Healthy Alternatives To Refined Sugar

There are so many sugar healthy alternatives and substitutes out there, which are extremely versatile.

Have you tried any of these alternatives? If not, which one do you want to try?

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Ana Darstaru

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