by Alicia Potee
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to convince you that refined sugar is a liability to your health. Nowadays, sugar’s roles in the country’s ever-expanding obesity and diabetes epidemics—not to mention its negative effects on everything from energy to immunity—are nothing short of notorious.
And those calorie-free artificial sweeteners? Well, it’s safe to say that chemical sugar substitutes with links to cancer aren’t the best alternatives. Which is why you’ve probably spent more than a little time on the hunt for a natural sugar substitute—one that offers a safer, yet still satisfying way to feed your sweet tooth.
Fortunately, you’re spoiled for choices where natural alternatives to white sugar are concerned. But the bad news is that “natural” doesn’t always mean better. And, unless you know the facts, you might have a tough time sorting out the gems from the junk on your next trip down the sweetener aisle.
Here’s a quick rundown on the good, the okay and the downright bad.