Refined sugar is one of the worst foods and most people consume it daily. It is not only unhealthy but addictive also ( more addictive than cocaine as per study ). Sugar is loaded in most packaged items like soft drinks , biscuits , chocolates , ketchups. Consuming refined sugar leads to weight gain , wrinkles , dark circles , pimples , bad teeth and gums and Type 2 Diabetes. It therefore becomes important for finding a healthy alternative to sugar.
One of the most important lifestyle change which is considerably easy and gives the maximum result/benefits, is to replace refined white sugar with healthy alternatives to sugar in your diet.
These alternatives are easily available , not costly and serve the same purpose.
Coconut Sugar is extracted from Coconut Tree without much refining or use of chemicals and gets easily digested by the body. It has good amount of potassium , iron , zinc and calcium as compared to refined sugar which has zero vitamins or minerals. We can easily use coconut sugar in milk , cakes , oatmeal , cereals. Coconut sugar is easily available in the market/online stores.
Date Sugar as the name suggests is made from dates which is a natural sweet fruit. Date sugar is one of the healthier alternative to refined sugar which can be easily made at home. Just roast the dates , grind and strain the powder. Sugar made with dates is high in fiber and rich in vitamins and consuming it improves digestion and also increases bone density.
Rock Sugar (Mishri)
Rock Sugar or Mishri tastes like sugar is a good source of Calcium , Magnesium , Iron , Dietary Fiber and antioxidants. It helps in digestion and increases hemoglobin. Unlike refined sugar ,rock sugar has a cooling effect on the body and can be used in tea , coffee , milk , sweets and juices. Rock Sugar is easily available at any grocery store.
Chemical composition of honey is similar to the human blood and as a result the body easily assimilates all the nutrients present in pure honey. Also any food when combined with honey gets easily digested. It is anti bacterial, high in anti oxidants , cuts fat and is considered a brain tonic which makes it an amazing alternative to refined sugar.
Stevia (Meethi Tulsi)
Stevia is a zero calorie natural sweetener which is actually the leaves of stevia plant. Apart from having zero calorie , stevia is 25 times sweeter than sugar.
Both Jaggery and Jaggery Powder are extracted from sugar cane juice with minimum processing and therefore have the same nutrients. Jaggery is a natural blood purifier which boost metabolism , detoxes the liver and prevents constipation.
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