Sugar… having trouble kicking the habit? Here are some sugar substitutes.
Agave Nectar. This honey-like sweetener is made from the sap found in the core of the agave plant. It’s sweeter than table sugar, so you can use less to get the same results, while at the same time boosting your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals: It has trace amounts of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. Agave nectar also has a lower glycemic index than table sugar (because of its high fructose count), so it won’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels.
Honey. Want to lose those love handles fast? Sweeten your morning cup of coffee with honey. A study in “The Scientific World Journal” found that when subjects were given equal amounts of either honey or sugar, those in the honey group actually saw a reduction in both weight and body fat. What’s more, this natural elixir has trace amounts of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, free-radical fighting antioxidants, and, in raw form, gut-friendly bacteria. This natural sugar substitute topped the lists of every expert we spoke to for good reason: It’s low glycemic index keeps sugar levels in check, and it’s up to 50 percent sweeter than the white stuff — so your sweet tooth will be satisfied with less.