How to sweeten your food without refined sugar or artificial sweeteners

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Everyone can agree that the intake of dietary processed sugar by Americans has been on the rise. Studies show that Americans in 1900 ate an average of 4 lbs of sugar per year. By the year 2000, that amount increased to 175 lbs per person per year – a shocking increase! With this added dietary sugar, disease susceptibility has also increased. Research shows that the liver can only metabolize 6 teaspoons sugar per day and the rest turns to fat.

Check out these methods of sweetening your foods – enjoy a sweet taste without the refined sugar!

1. Stevia

Stevia is sugar substitute that is derived from an herb and has been used in certain parts of the world for centuries. It is super sweet-many – times sweeter than sugar or honey – and should be used in moderation.

2. Raw Unrefined Honey

Honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal—so much that it has even been used to treat wounds. Its distinctive brand of sweetness is welcome in almost any dish. Just remember that it is not chemically the same as sugar; If you are making a swap, substitute no more that one-third of the sugar for honey.

3. Himalayan Pink Salt

Though it seems unusual, a tiny pinch of salt can enhance the natural sweetness in many ingredients and dishes—and especially in anything with fresh fruit. Before you add something to sweeten that next smoothie, try a little salt and taste it again. The natural sweetness could be more pronounced!

4. Fruits and Veggies

There are many fruits and veggies that can be added instead of sugar in recipes and snacks. These are natural sugars that can sweeten the dish!
a. Apples or apple sauce
b. Caramelized onions
c. Orange Juice
d. Beets
e. Grated Carrots
f. Dates

There are many ways to sweeten a dish without all the refined sugar. You can fulfill your sweet tooth but keep your sugar to a minimum. Happy Eating!