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It is safe to assume that avid tea or coffee drinker consumes twice as much sugar that nondrinker. Except you enjoy your coffee black, you may need to start adding natural sweeteners for coffee and ditch the processed white sugar.
Most people’s first instinct when trying to cut white sugar is to start using brown sugar. Brown sugar is definitely healthier than white sugar but despite that, it is still not the best to use. The only difference between them is that brown sugar still contains molasses (which gives it the brown hue) and it is a healthy component.
Others start using artificial sweeteners. Most artificial sweeteners are advertised as zero-calorie sugars and while that is true, some of them bring about other health risks such as cancer. Aspartame is one of the most dangerous artificial sweeteners, look out for it on drinks labels before buying.
The benefit of using natural coffee sweeteners is they aid in weight loss. Imagine how soda causes a lot of people to gain weight- it’s not the flavor or the fizziness – it’s the sugar content! Cutting out sugar from your diet is one of the best ways to lose weight and that is what this article focuses on.
Agave is a cactus plant from which the agave syrup and the famous tequila liquor is derived. A tablespoon of agave nectar is about 64 calories and a tad sweeter than white sugar so you do not have to use as much. Agave syrup is more natural and less harmful than white sugar but diabetics should stay away from agave because it can spike their blood sugar.
2. Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar (also called coconut palm sugar or coconut crystals) has become a popular substitute for white sugar due to its flavor and recognized health benefits. It’s also seen as more natural, or less highly processed, than table sugar. A teaspoon of coconut sugar has just about 15 calories and a lower glycemic index making it safe for those watching their sugar intake. It is made from the sap of flower buds from the coconut palm tree.
Honey is a very healthy sugar alternative and most people gravitate towards this natural sweetener more the the other. This beautiful golden syrup has almost not processed elements about it. Local beekeepers harvest their honey from the hive to use immediately. However, honey can be very sweet. A tablespoon of honey has about 45 calories but much sweeter than white sugar in taste. This means you won’t have to use as much to get your beverage sweet.
4. Maple Syrup
As a Canadian, I am a bit biased towards maple syrup. It is my all-time favorite natural sweetener and it is great tasting too. Everyone loves maple syrup whether is it over fluffy pancakes or in oatmeal. Maple syrup caloric value is 52 calories per tablespoon. Pure maple syrup from Canada is a good natural sweetener for coffee. It is derived directly from the maple tree’s sap and when used in moderation can be part of a healthy diet.
5. Stevia Natural Sweetener
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a plant with sweet leaves that originates from South America. It has been long harvested for its leaves which is used to flavor foods and drinks. In recent years, a stevia extract—called rebaudioside A—has become more popular as a natural sweetener. Its got 0 calories look like sugar in its powdered form and even tastes sweeter. Many use it to sweeten their coffee. It is probably the best option of sugar alternative than the rest.
6. Monk Fruit
Monk fruit is a small round fruit native to southern China. The monk fruit sweeteners are created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice. The fruit extract, or juice, contains 0 calories per serving. Monk fruit sweeteners are 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and contribute sweetness to foods and beverages without adding calories. Also, monk fruit sweeteners do not raise blood sugar levels.
There are many other natural sweeteners for coffee that were not mentioned in this article. These are the top 6 you can easily source from your favorite health shop or online. Using sugar substitutes can be a great way to shed more weight or keep the weight from coming back.