Hit the sweet spot with better-for-you sweeteners, now cropping up in baked goods, beverages, and more.
Erythritol. Unlike some sugar alcohols, this one doesn’t cause digestive distress. Naturally found in fruits, vegetables, algae, and cheese, erythritol is cultivated through fermentation and is almost as sweet as table sugar. Substitute no-calorie erythritol for half of white sugar in baking recipes.
Try: Now Foods Erythritol Sweetener
Dates. Roughly 55 percent sugar, fresh dates are packed with fiber and potassium. Make your own liquid date sweetener: pour 2/ 3 cup boiling water over ten pitted Medjool dates, let sit for 30 minutes, and then purée in a food processor.
Try: Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar
Stevia. Zero-calorie stevia is up to 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. It’s typically refined into a powder or liquid extract, but you can also grow your own stevia plant and use the leaves to sweeten beverages.
Try: SweetLeaf Sweet Drops
Coconut. Made by boiling coconut flower nectar, this lowglycemic ingredient boasts nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc and a delightful butterscotch flavor. Use granules to replace brown sugar; stir the paste or syrup into tea or coffee.
Try: Navitas Naturals Organic Coconut Palm Sugar