Part Two: Let’s Talk About Healthier, Natural Sweeteners

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern




Stevia does come from a plant, but it’s sweetness can cause cravings for sugar. Some brands like Truvia are processed with other ingredients that can cause a not-so-tasty aftertaste.


Recipes: Chocolate Almond Butter Bites , Apple Pie Overnight Oats , Churro Latte

Articles by nutritionists: Wait, Is Stevia Actually a Healthier Alternative to Sugar?



Although agave is a more natural alternative, free of chemicals, it still has a high sugar content. If you like the flavor of agave, replace your refined sugar with it. Otherwise, stick to sweeteners like monk fruit if you’re looking to avoid sugar and lose weight.


Articles by nutritionists: Wait, Is Stevia Actually a Healthier Alternative to Sugar?

When It Comes to Healthy Sweeteners, Which Is Better: Agave or Honey?

Agave: Sticky Facts About the Natural Sweetener



Did you know cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, maintains stable blood sugar levels, and has brain health benefits? Read more below in the nutrition articles!


Recipes: Tabitha Brown’s Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Toast Is What I Want To Eat for Breakfast Every Day

This Doctor-Approved Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie Takes You Back to Your Childhood

5 Cinnamon Drinks That Work As a Delicious Way to Combat Inflammation

What to Put in Your Oatmeal If You Can’t Do Another Day of Raisins and Cinnamon Without Falling Asleep Into Your Bowl

‘I’m an Herbalist, and This Warming Cinnamon Tea Recipe Is Perfect for a Good Night’s Sleep’

This Delicious Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Melts in Your Mouth

Articles by nutritionists: Cinnamon Is the Seasonal Spice That’s Good for Your Brain—Here Are 7 Unexpected Ways To Cook With It

This Spicy Seasonal Flavor May Increase Your Metabolism



Other alternative sweeteners:  Why Coconut Sugar Is the Next Agave

Medjool Date Syrup


For more details on these and other natural sweeteners, check out this article:

Your Ultimate Guide to Sugar Substitutes and Natural Sweeteners


Find more healthy recipes to use your natural sweeteners in on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

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