Natural Sugar Replacements: What You Need to Know

Q: Everyone knows synthetic sugar replacements are bad news. Is it better to use Natural Sugar replacements such as Coconut Sugar, Agave or Maple Syrup in place of Refined White Sugar? 

A: While the natural alternatives may or may not contain less of it, sugar is still sugar in the end of the day.

The human diet doesn’t need large amounts of sugar. In fact, sugar is one of the worst things you can eat. General diet guidelines tell you to eat less than 50 grams of sugar per day. This is still way too much sugar! Try to limit yourself to less than 20 grams of sugar per day.

By switching to natural alternatives to refined sugar, you may be making better choices for your body. But just because they are natural, this don’t solve the sugar problem completely. You still may need to reduce sugar intake.

However you add up your sugar grams, you are better off eating natural sugar replacements, and avoiding synthetic sugar substitutes.

And whatever you do, do not ever try those synthetic sugar substitutes or  drink diet soda – the synthetic stuff is poison.

Be very careful what you put in your body! Don’t use synthetic artificial or chemical enhanced sweeteners. Natural sugar replacements are still sugar, but the less grams of sugar you ingest is what matters the most. By restricting intake of refined sugar and eating coconut sugar or other substitutes with lower glycemic index, it will be easier to eat less sugar overall.