Healthy Sugar Substitutes For Your Desserts This New Year!


M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics

Navneet Kaur


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The new year is approaching and you must have started preparing for the celebrations. Here are the top healthy sugar alternatives to refined sugar for your party desserts and sweets.

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1. Stevia

It is a plant-based non-caloric sweetener derived from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana.

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Monk fruit sweetener is derived from the Siraitia grosvenorii plant. It does not have any calories and hence does not impact blood sugar levels.

2. Monk Fruit

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They are naturally sweet, delicious, and a good source of nutrients like dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, manganese, vitamin A, B6, and antioxidants. One can add them to cakes, bars, cookies, and muffins. 

3. Dates

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The glycemic index of honey is low than refined sugar, making it a better option. It is packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


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It is derived from sugarcane or palm. Jaggery is considered good for digestive health and is a powerhouse of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

5. Jaggery

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Another guilt-free way to sweeten your food is using fresh fruits like banana and applesauce, or in dried form like dried berries, kiwi, pineapple, etc.

6. Fresh or frozen fruits.

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