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19 Sugars & Sweeteners: Which Are Healthy?

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7. Evaporated sugar cane juice
Evaporated sugar cane juice goes through less processing than refined sugar and has more nutrients found in sugar cane. It contains tiny amounts of vitamins and minerals.

8. Sugar cane juice
Sugar can juice is made from the same sugar cane stalks that are grown to make white sugar. Hand-powered presses or machine presses crush the sugarcane stalks and release the raw sugar cane juice. It is healthier than table sugar as it contains tiny amounts of vitamins and minerals and is raw if not processed at high temperatures.

9. Sucanat
Sucanat is made from sugar cane, usually organically grown, and minimally processed to obtain juice to make syrup (the molasses is not removed). The syrup is dehydrated and milled into a powder. It has potassium, vitamin A, calcium, iron, magnesium and small amounts of other vitamins and minerals.

10. Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut flowers by boiling it down to dry sugar blocks or a soft paste or a granulated form. Coconut sugar contains higher amount of nutrients compared to brown sugar as it has some amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, sulfur, and micro nutrients.

11. Palm sugar
Palm sugar is extracted from the sap of date palm trees and palmyra palms, which are said to be the best. It can also be extracted from sago and coconut palms. It is commonly used in Southeast Asia, where it is called jaggery or gur. It is high in amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron and has some vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. It also has an absorption rate slower than that of white sugar.

12. Honey
Honey is similar to table sugar. Pure raw honey (not heated above 100 degrees) contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, flavonoids and antioxidants. Some research suggests that honey helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Honey is as rapidly assimilated in the bloodstream as refined sugar, so is not highly recommended.

13. Date sugar
Date sugar is not really a sugar as it is made from ground, dehydrated dates containing all the vitamins, minerals and fiber found in the fruit. Date sugar is rich in nutrients and is metabolized more slowly than sugar.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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12:34PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

thanks

12:01PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

I use Nectresse from a plant &
Truvia - I consider both good - better than sugar.

10:30AM PST on Jan 30, 2014

I don't use much sugar, but when I do, I just go with the original.

1:54AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Thank you :)

6:05PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Thank you

3:53PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Stevia, love it - also home made juice

8:40AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks

12:23PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you

3:37PM PDT on May 15, 2012

I bought Stevia concentrated. But it is not very concentrated as it takes very many drops just to sweeten your coffe as much as you would do with just a spoonfull white sugar.
But this is Denmark and Stevia has just been allowed a few months ago.

3:37PM PDT on May 15, 2012

I bought Stevia concentrated. But it is not very concentrated as it takes very many drops just to sweeten your coffe as much as you would do with just a spoonfull white sugar.
But this is Denmark and Stevia has just been allowed a few months ago.

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