There seem to be new natural sweeteners popping up on the market all the time, it can get difficult to feel like you’re selecting the best option for each application. We all know sugar isn’t great for you, so I’m not going to get into that now. I’m just going to give you my favorites. From your morning coffee, to baking healthy desserts, which is the best option?

And which sweeteners are on the absolute naughty list that you should avoid at all cost.
This is in no way an exhaustive list, just a couple I’ve found taste great and are reliable
in their respective categories.

Stevia
This stuff is super sweet. It’s actually a plant extract and so it’s not a real sugar at all but
it does the trick of a sweetener. Usually coming in small tablets or a liquid, it’s super
simple to just keep in your handbag and have it on the go. Major upside, it has zero
calories. Slight downside, some people find it has a little bit of an after taste, nothing
major and certainly not something you can’t get used to. I use stevia most in teas,
especially herbal teas.

Coconut sugar
This is my go-to sweetener for coffee. It is low on the glycemic index and tastes
amazing! It’s packed with tons of minerals like zinc, calcium and phosphorus. Coconut
sugar also contains antioxidants and polyphenols, so it really is a great choice. Plus, it’s getting super popular so it’s easy to find. Favorite uses: coffee or black tea, smoothies,
desserts.

Maple syrup
This delicious syrup works amazing in pretty much all applications. It’s perfect for
baking, because it’s a liquid and can dissolve much easier than coconut sugar. It’s full of
minerals and antioxidants that fight free-radical damage. Try to choose grade B maple
syrup, the darker the better here!

I’ve found these 3 sugars cover the majority of the bases you’ll need on a regular basis
and will definitely help you get through the holidays a little lighter

Sugar no no’s
White sugar
Agave
Splenda/sucralose
High fructose corn syrup