Top 7 Natural Sweeteners that are Actually Good for You


Between the risk for weight gain and diabetes that comes with use of refined sugar and all the health problems associated with the use of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, it can sometimes feel as though there is simply no health way to satisfy the sweet tooth. However, there are a number of natural sweeteners available that not only will satisfying the sugar craving but bring added health benefits in the process.


The leaves of the stevia plant, when processed, actually produce a sweetener which is sweeter than traditional sugar. The great news about this is that it is low on the glycemic index (which makes it great for diabetics), has virtually no calories and because it is a natural sweeteners, does not carry the risk for unpleasant side effects which some chemicals like saccharine can carry with them.


As yet, this natural sweetener has not caught on here in America. This South American tuber is also incredibly sweet, but its particular sugar, fructooligosaccharide, is not readily absorbed by the body: this means it is possible to enjoy its sweetness without it getting into the blood stream and spiking up the blood sugar. This also makes it an excellent choice for diabetics and those simply watching their weight.

Monk Fruit

Known as luo hang guo in its native Asia, monk fruit has long been prized for its sweetness and it starting to catch on here in the United States. This fruit is actually 300 times sweeter than sugar so it can be used to good effect even in very small amounts. Although the fruit is processed to get it into powder form, it is still considered to be a natural sweetener.

Coconut Sugar

Coconuts have grown in popularity recently as consumers begin to understand that they are rich in healthy “good” fats and that their water is an excellent way to rehydrate and replace electrolytes. It is also appreciated for its natural sweetness: this sugar, derived from coconut palm, can be used in the same ratio as table sugar for recipes and is available in most health food stores.


Although incredibly sweet and not appropriate for a vegan diet, honey is lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar, breaking down and being absorbed more slowly. It is thus a better choice for diabetics and for those with insulin resistance. When bought “raw” and unprocessed, honey also brings with it an amazing variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that all promote overall health.


A sweetener derived from corn or wood pulp may not sound very appetizing, but this product tastes every bit as delicious as refined sugar. However, it has 40% less sugar and 75% fewer carbohydrates. It has also been shown to be healthy for the teeth and gums.


One of the healthiest ways to satisfy the sweet tooth is the consumption of fruit. Whether frozen, fresh or dried, fruit contains a wealth of vitamins, mineral, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals known to fight against cancer. Also, because they are high in fiber, they will not break down as quickly in the body and are better for blood sugar levels.

These natural sweeteners make is possible to love sweets again without the guilt. Far from being unhealthy, they all can bring their own particular benefits and improve one’s overall well-being.

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Christine has written articles on most health-related topics, including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.