If you’re like many of us, you’re probably looking for ways to reduce your daily sugar intake. However, this dietary shift can pose a real challenge if you also have a nagging sweet tooth. Thankfully, the variety of sugar substitutes on the market means that things are a little sweeter for sugar addicts everywhere. Still skeptical about these non-sugar sweeteners? We’ve rounded up our favorite alternatives to the real thing.
Choose the Sweetener That’s Right for You
Not sure which sugar alternative is the right fit for your needs? Here’s a quick cheat sheet:
- Stevia: This plant-based sweetener is 100 to 300 times sweeter than traditional sugar and won’t impact blood sugar. It’s a great choice for those who like sweeter flavor or need a low-glycemic option.
- Monk Fruit: This ancient favorite comes from a small melon and delivers antioxidants along with sweetness. This gentle, zero-calorie sweetener is a good option for those with digestive issues.
- Xylitol: This natural sweetener is actually a sugar alcohol that’s found in many fruits. Try it if you crave the taste of regular sugar but are looking to reduce your sugar intake (it has about 40 percent less calories than sugar).
- Erythritol: This sugar alcohol is the base for many sugar alternatives and can be found in both powdered and granulated forms (making it a great choice for baking).
Top Sugar Substitute Brands
We’re sweet on these sugar replacement brands.
Offering both liquid and powdered monk fruit sweeteners, Lakanto shares the magic of this calorie-free ancient fruit that delivers a taste that is so similar to regular sugar, you might have trouble telling the difference.
Swerve puts a new twist on sugar replacements with its non-GMO, zero-calorie, non-glycemic line of sugar alternatives that’s an ideal choice for diabetics or those hoping to reduce their daily sugar intake.
Since 2001, Wholesome has provided non-GMO, Certified USDA Organic, and Fair Trade Certified sugar and sugar alternatives, including cane sugar, brown sugar, agave, molasses, turbinado sugar, stevia, and more.
Best Sugar Substitutes
Stir up the fun with these sweet substitutes.
Thrive Market Switch
Our vegan and gluten-free sugar alternative is made from three ingredients naturally derived from corn (erythritol), chicory root (fructooligosaccharides), and monk fruit. Now you can switch out the real thing for this zero-calorie swap.
Lakanto Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Monkfruit Syrup
Just because you’re monitoring your blood sugar doesn’t mean your pancakes have to suffer. Top your shortstack with this sugar-free monk fruit syrup for delicious maple flavor without the calorie surge.
Preservative-Free Sugar Substitutes
Sweeten up without artificial ingredients with these natural finds.
Thrive Market Organic Stevia
Our non-GMO, plant-based stevia powder easily dissolves in hot or cold liquids and can be used in everything from coffee to tea or even baked goods. Best of all, it’s completely free of chemicals, flavor additives, and preservatives.
Now Foods Xylitol
This 100 percent pure sweetener uses a naturally occurring sugar alcohol with a low glycemic impact unlike sugars such as sucrose and fructose. Plus, it has about a third less calories than other carbohydrates.
Wholesome Organic Stevia
Breakup with artificial sweeteners for good thanks to this naturally derived, calorie-free stevia, which also happens to be Certified Organic, sustainably farmed, fair trade, and preservative-free.
Low-Glycemic Sugar Substitutes
These sugar swaps may be low on the glycemic index, but they receive high praise.
Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia - Vanilla Crème
Perk up your morning brew with a touch of sweet vanilla flavor from this stevia-based liquid, made with vanilla extract.
Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener
Dessert is no longer off the menu! This zero-calorie sugar alternative won’t spike blood sugar since it’s made by naturally fermenting non-GMO corn and young monk fruit.
Swerve Brown Sugar Replacement
Baking recipe calls for brown sugar? This non-glycemic sweetener can be easily substituted for traditional brown sugar so you can still enjoy your favorite sweet treats even if you’re keeping your blood sugar in check.
Recipes, Tips, and More
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Raw Thumbprint Cookies
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Are Sugar Alternatives Healthier?
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