6 alternatives to sugar

Sugar is a vegetable because it is made from sugar beet and healthy? Not at all! High sugar intake can cause long-term deterioration of blood lipids, joint pain, broken teeth, liver damage and of course obesity. But the classic calorie-free sweeteners, such as aspartame or cyclamate, which are mostly found in diet sodas, are suspected to promote cancer and add to the feeling of hunger. So are there any other ways to sweeten your life? For example, this one:


Stevia is a plant native to South America whose leaves have been used for centuries by the locals to sweeten food and drink. The sweetener derived from it has a multiple sweetening power of normal sugar and does not favor tooth decay. Many, however, are disturbed by the licorice-like to slightly bitter taste.


We do not have to say much about honey. The golden liquid that we "borrow" from the bees is more nutritious and nutritious than sugar. However, this one has its own taste, you might not taste in the coffee.

maple syrup

Similar to honey, maple syrup contains valuable vitamins and ingredients, but is even more flavorful.

agave nectar

Above all, vegan people increasingly rely on agave syrup or agave syrup, which is sweeter than sugar and honey, but less viscous and has a neutral to caramel taste. This is obtained from the agave plant, produced in Mexico and imported to us. And so we are at the same disadvantage, because we naturally prefer regional products.

Xucker or xylitol

Xylitol, often sold as Xucker, is obtained from the bark of certain types of wood, such as birch and beech. Its caloric value is 40% lower than table sugar, otherwise due to the white color, the neutral sweetness and the crystalline structure, it strongly reminds of its "role model". However, xylitol does not attack the teeth, but it can have a laxative effect – which the body usually gets used to over time.

Palm or coconut sugar

Palm sugar is made by boiling and crystallizing the juices of various palm species, such as the coconut palm. It is less sweet than table sugar and has a malty or caramel-like taste.
Currently, this sweetening method is acclaimed for its low-glycemic effect and recommended especially for diabetes, heart disease, cancer or gallstones. Unfortunately, however, this type of sugar must also be imported.