Sub maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, and more all-natural sweeteners for 8 decadent (and low-calorie!) desserts that won't leave you feeling wiped
10 Healthy Desserts Sweetened with Natural Sugar Substitutes
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Sugar has been used for years in the kitchen to help add flavor to dishes, especially dessert. But with so many Americans overconsuming the sweet stuff, along with the rise of the obesity epidemic, added sugar has come under fire. Americans consume three pounds per person each week—that’s equal to one-third of a pound each day.
Does that mean you should ban sugar for life? Not necessarily. The current recommendations for added sugar (that’s sugar added to your food) are 9 teaspoons (or 36 grams) per day for men and 6 teaspoons (or 24 grams) per day for women. It’s all about knowing how much and which types of sugar to add, especially in sweeter dishes like desserts.
We rounded up 10 healthy desserts that use sugar in a healthful way, so you can adhere to the daily recommended maximum amounts. And they star natural sweeteners like honey, agave, molasses, coconut sugar, and maple syrup, which also contribute small amounts of other nutrients—a nice added bonus.