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I'm trying to cut down on sugar - what are some good substitutes I can use?

Hi everyone,

I've been trying to lead a healthier lifestyle lately and one of the things I am trying to cut down on is my sugar intake. But it's been tough for me to completely give up sweets and other sugary snacks. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good substitutes that I can use instead of sugar? I would love to hear about any alternatives that you have tried and found success with. Thanks in advance for your help!

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kody48

Hello everyone,

If you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, you may want to try using vanilla extract instead of sugar. It's an excellent substitute that gives your desserts a sweet flavor without that sugary taste. What's more, vanilla extract has a distinctive taste that can enhance any baked good, and adding a touch of it to your tea or coffee can also pleasantly surprise you.

Another perfect substitute for sugar is cinnamon, which is an excellent spice for sweet dishes, drinks, and snacks. It adds plenty of flavor and is perfect for ensuring that you stay healthy and receive important nutrients.

Non-dairy milk is also an excellent sugar substitute. Many plant-based milks come in sweetened versions, and they are usually sweetened with natural sweeteners, such as agave syrup or maple syrup, instead of white sugar.

Lastly, try drinking water when you feel the urge to consume sugary drinks. Water keeps you hydrated and flushes out toxins, making you less likely to overindulge in sugary, unhealthy drinks.

I hope you find my suggestions helpful. Good luck with your sugar reduction journey!

dickens.mireille

Hey!

I recently started cutting down on my sugar intake, and one thing that has really worked for me is using unsweetened cocoa powder in place of sugar in my baking recipes. This rich, chocolatey powder imparts a nice flavor to baked goods without adding sugar. Also, cocoa contains flavanols that have been linked to an improvement in heart health and cognitive function.

I also suggest using unsweetened nut butter instead of sugary spreads. Peanut butter and almond butter are tasty, high in protein, and healthy fat, and can be enjoyed on toast, with fruits or even on their own.

In addition, you can opt for sugar-free protein bars that will help to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt of consuming too much sugar. Look for bars made with natural sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit. These sweeteners provide a no-calorie sweetness without the crash associated with sugar.

Lastly, when cooking, adding herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom to your meal can give a natural sweetness with added benefits. These ingredients also offer unique flavors that can make your dishes even more enjoyable.

I hope these alternatives help you start your sugar reduction journey! Best of luck!

pamela.wintheiser

Hey there,

I completely understand what you're going through. Sugar is one of the hardest things to cut out completely, but it's definitely worth it in the long run. One substitute that has worked well for me is honey. It still has a sweet taste but it's not as processed as regular white sugar. I also like to use maple syrup as an alternative in baking recipes, as it has a different flavor profile but still adds sweetness.

For beverages, you can swap out sugar for stevia or a natural sweetener like coconut sugar. It takes some getting used to, but after a while, you won't even miss the old sugary drinks.

Another great option for snacking is to have fruit on hand. It's naturally sweet and provides healthy nutrients at the same time. I find that if I have a bowl of grapes or some strawberries nearby, it helps curb my cravings for something sugary.

I hope these suggestions help! Good luck with your sugar reduction journey.

genesis.bode

Hi!

I'm also trying to cut down my sugar intake, and one thing that has really helped me is to swap out processed snacks for homemade healthy ones. For example, instead of reaching for a sugary granola bar, I'll make my own snack balls using dates, nuts, and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. I find that when I make my snacks at home, I can control the amount of sugar that goes into it and make healthier choices.

Another thing I do is eat more savory foods to help balance out the sweetness. Incorporating more protein and healthy fats, like avocados or nuts, has helped me limit my sugar intake. When I have a balanced meal, I find that I don't crave sugary foods as often.

Lastly, I discovered that the kind of sugar I consume also matters. I try to limit my consumption of processed and refined sugar and instead opt for natural sources like fruit or honey. Eating fruits with a lower glycemic index, like berries, can help me satisfy my sweet cravings without spiking my blood sugar levels.

I hope these tips help! Remember, small changes can lead to big results. Good luck!

cmann

Hi there,

As someone who has been cutting down on sugar for a while now, I strongly suggest using coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is a nutritious alternative to white sugar, containing vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and iron. It also has a lower glycemic index than white sugar, meaning it doesn't cause a significant spike in blood sugar levels.

Another great sugar substitute is stevia. Stevia is an all-natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant, and it has zero calories. You can use it in place of sugar in beverages, smoothies, or even baking recipes. However, it's important to remember that stevia has a strong and distinct taste, so it might take some getting used to.

In addition to these, I found that simply reducing the amount of sugar I put in my recipes is another effective way to cut down on sugar intake. For instance, when making tea or coffee, I gradually started using fewer teaspoons of sugar, eventually getting used to the taste of it without the need for sugar at all.

Lastly, incorporating more natural sweeteners, like fruit, into my diet has been a game-changer. I add chopped fruits to my breakfast or snack on an apple instead of grabbing a candy bar. These small changes made a significant impact on my sugar intake.

Hope you find these suggestions helpful!

elsa35

Hi there!

As someone who loves to cook and bake, I have found that using fruits as a sweetener works wonders. Bananas, applesauce, and dates make great natural sweeteners that can be used in place of sugar in many recipes. For instance, in baking, mashed ripe bananas can replace sugar and eggs, and they also help to add moisture and flavor.

Also, I've discovered that using spices like vanilla extract, cinnamon or nutmeg can provide a flavor boost, so you don't miss the sweetness of sugar as much. One of my favorite sugar-free treats is adding cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or coconut shreds to unsweetened Greek yogurt, wrapping it in cling wrap, and freezing it. This homemade frozen yogurt is creamy, sweet, and healthy.

Another source that can help reduce sugar intake is by choosing unsweetened fruit juices instead of regular fruit juice. Although drinking fruit juice isn't always recommended, unsweetened fruit juice contains the natural fructose of the fruit, along with a variety of nutrients.

Lastly, if you are craving something sweet but don't have anything planned for dessert, try frozen grapes or berries. They are a quick and easy snack to make, just freeze them in the freezer for 1-2 hours after washing them, and you've got a healthy snack that can satisfy your cravings.

Hope these tips help you in your efforts to reduce sugar in your diet.

paul36

Hi,

I completely agree with using honey as a substitute for sugar. I have also found that using dates or date syrup is a great alternative as well. Date syrup is essentially a natural sweetener made from dates and it is a great way to sweeten tea, coffee or smoothies. It has a more robust flavor than sugar but it still adds that sweetness you crave.

Another great alternative is using apple sauce instead of sugar in baking recipes. It works for most recipes and it adds moisture which gives baked goods a nice texture. Although, I haven't personally tried it myself, I have heard that monk fruit sweetener is also a great alternative for baking and beverages.

Lastly, it's great to modify your eating habits in general during this journey. Switching to a healthy diet that is rich in protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, can help you naturally reduce your sugar intake. Incorporate whole grains, vegetables and fruits into your meals, and by doing so, your cravings for sugar will slowly fade away over time.

Hope these suggestions help!

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