Sugar Alternatives

It's no secret that industrially produced sugar isn't one of the healthiest foods, which is why many people who are concerned about their health want to avoid it as much as possible. Calories, blood sugar levels, and feeling good about a healthy diet are factors that influence many factors. Sustainability is also important to many, which means using high-quality organic coffee more and more frequently.

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However, some dishes don't taste as good without a certain amount of sweetness, and many coffee lovers also enjoy drinking hot drinks with a little sugar. Of course, you can use less sugar, but in the coffee example, if you don't want to have any subtle bitter and slightly sweet interactions, sugar substitutes are the ideal solution.

From the juice of the palm flower: palm and coconut blossom sugar

To produce coconut flower candy, coconut milk is boiled, then dried, and ground. The resulting powder tastes like caramel and contains healthy elements like zinc, iron, calcium, and potassium. By the way, palm sugar is obtained from the areca palm. The special thing about the palm tree is that it needs to be exchanged with other plants, so it cannot be grown in a monoculture. This fact supports biodiversity in countries of origin.

Date sugar - obtained directly from the pulp of the dates

Unlike coconut sugar, which is made from coconut water, date sugar comes directly from date flesh. Here, the fruit is also dried and then ground, so that the composition of the date sugar is the same as that of the fruit, so it contains a lot of magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. However, this type of sugar is less suitable for sweetening coffee and tea because it is a finely ground fruit. However, you can use it well as a 1:1 substitute for brown sugar in any recipe that uses brown sugar.

Thick maple syrup

Maple sap is a pale yellow, viscous liquid that is not only sweet but also contains large amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Additionally, maple syrup contains vitamins B2, B5, B6, as well as folic acid, niacin, and biotin. It's 70% sugar and only about 50 calories per scoop. By the way, maple syrup is not only ideal for baking but can also be used in refined pancakes and similar desserts.

Agave syrup also called "agave syrup"

Agave syrup is obtained from the agave plant in South America as a natural sugar substitute. It is often called "honey water" because of its light color and mild flavor.

The leaf extract from the Stevia plant

Stevia is considered one of the best sugar substitutes. Stevia has been shown to support the function of the thyroid gland and have a positive effect on the entire organism. However, the product has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Even well-known makers of caffeinated soft drinks now offer stevia-sweetened versions.

Cane molasses - the nutrient-rich by-product

Cane molasses is a by-product when sugar is made from sugar cane. This molasses contains all the valuable nutrients that are filtered out during the sugarcane refining process. Plus, it contains fewer calories than refined sugar. There are also many types of molasses, such as molasses made from sorghum and sugar beets, but cane molasses has been shown to be of the highest quality.

Erythritol - looks like sugar and tastes (almost) like it

Erythritol is produced by converting glucose into industrial production, and its natural form is found in fruits such as grapes and melons, as well as mushrooms and cheese. Erythritol is a substance that, like xylitol, is one of the sugar alcohols chemically and, most importantly, optically very close to ordinary sugar. However, especially when baking, it should be noted that erythritol only has about 70% of its sweetening power. For example, erythritol is called "Xucker Light" by Xucker.


As you can see, you have many different "regular" sugar substitutes, such as when adding sugar to your coffee. Whether it's stevia, xylitol, coconut flakes, or erythritol - get inspired by Cafendo's selection of sugar substitutes.