The sugar-free craze is on the rise and the wellness-conscious are on the lookout for substitutes that do not compromise on sweetness and flavour. But since a lot of artificial sweeteners can produce damaging effects on the human body in the long run, we list out natural alternatives to sugar which you can use in making a plethora of desserts and delights!
Coconut sugar a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap, is unrefined, thereby retaining in all of its vitamins and nutrients such as calcium, potassium, zinc and antioxidants. This granulated sugar, brown in colour, does not impact blood sugar levels when consumed in moderation. It can be used while making cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and brownies.
Similar to whole dates, date syrup carries a good amount of nutrients and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and zinc. Being less sweet than maple syrup or honey, date syrup does not overwhelm taste-buds. For a quick healthy breakfast, date syrup can be drizzled over toast, waffles and pancakes; or added to cereal and oatmeal. It can also be added to a glass of hot milk, or coffee; or while baking biscuits, or cookies.
This dried fruit often acts as a sugar replacement while making milkshakes and smoothies, or Indian milk-based desserts such as kheer and payasam. The fig paste or spread can be used in making pies, cakes and puddings. Figs are a rich source of fibre, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6. A regular consumption of figs in moderation promotes weight loss, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, balances blood sugar levels, prevents constipation and provides a good dose of antioxidants.
Who wants packets of sucralose when natural options abound!