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By Sam Swensen

5 Best Natural Substitutes for Sugar

Five best natural substitutes for sugar Suja Not all sugar substitutes are created equal! When you're on the hunt for a natural alternative to table sugar, there are a few important things to think about. It's best to use sweeteners that are naturally derived, minimally processed and that contain nutrients and antioxidants. (1) I try to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium and saccharin at all costs as they've been linked to a variety of detrimental health issues. What I like best about these 5 natural substitutes is you need VERY little to achieve the level of sweetness you're going for. Here are my 5 fave natural substitutes for sugar:


It’s always best to go with raw or unprocessed honey for higher nutrient and antioxidant content. Use honey instead of refined sugar in tea, yogurt and dessert recipes.


Molasses contain a significant amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 and is quite possibly the most nutrient rich alternative out there.


Dates contain vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. I like to use dates in puddings, bars and date balls with nuts and coconut.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup contains small amounts of calcium and zinc and a significant amount of riboflavin which has antioxidant functions. Don't confuse this with table pancake syrup though, Grade A is the best choice!


The only safe calorie-free sweetener currently available, stevia is way sweeter than sugar and is naturally derived, coming from a South American shrub. (1) Enjoy, Sam Swensen & Suja Juice SOURCES: 1. "Nutrition and Healthy Eating." Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research., 2015. Web.