The Sweet Life of Alternative Sugars!

The Sweet Life of Alternative Sugars!

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Sugar, in its many forms, serves as a vital source of energy for the human body, fueling our cells and facilitating essential functions. From providing quick bursts of energy to supporting brain function, its role in our physiological well-being is undeniable. However, despite its benefits, sugar's consumption must be approached with caution.

With 175-200 million tonnes of sugar produced per annum [1], it’s no wonder we have sugar in most everything we eat and prepare. It’s true that sugar has an invaluable role in our body – supplying our brain with glucose and giving our body energy. [2] So this National Nutrition Month, our goal is not to remove this essential nutrient from our diets but introduce better alternatives to this sweet sustenance.


The Sweetest (and Healthiest) Alternatives

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Monk Fruit

Monk fruit alternative sugar, derived from the exotic lo han guo or Swingle fruit native to southern China, [3] presents a sweet solution for those seeking to reduce their sugar intake without sacrificing taste.

Renowned for its intense sweetness without the calories or carbohydrates found in traditional sugar, monk fruit sweetener offers a guilt-free indulgence. Packed with antioxidants and naturally occurring compounds, it not only satisfies the sweet tooth but also boasts potential health benefits.

Our NOW Foods selection of Monk Fruit sweeteners is extensive and perfect for anyone looking to make the switch for the first time. For drinks, our NOW Foods Certified Organic Monk Fruit Liquid sweetener is perfect. If you like your sugar more in packets, we offer 70-packet boxes, too!

And if you’re ready to take your monk fruit alternative sugar journey to the next level, you can also try out our other flavoured monk fruit liquid sweeteners in flavours such as caramel, chocolate, and many more!



Beet Sugar

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Beyond its delightful taste, beet sugar offers numerous benefits for both health and sustainability. Rich in essential nutrients like potassium and iron, it provides a more nutrient-dense alternative to refined sugars.

Additionally, beet sugar has a lower glycemic index compared to cane sugar, with beet sugar only having a score of 64. [4] This makes it a preferable choice for individuals aiming to manage blood sugar levels.

If you’re looking to completely cut out cane sugar out of your diet, beet sugar is considered the best alternative to replicate that cane sugar sweetness without having to feel too guilty! Try our NOW Foods Organic Beet Sugar today and feel the difference for yourself!


Coconut Sugar

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Coconut sugar alternative stands out as a natural and flavorful sweetening option derived from the sap of coconut palm trees. Beyond its delicious taste reminiscent of caramel, coconut sugar offers several health benefits. Unlike refined sugars, it retains vital nutrients such as iron, zinc, and antioxidants, providing a more nutrient-rich sweetening option.

Aside from being pleasantly mild in flavour, it’s also easier to produce than traditional sugar. Coconut sugar production requires less water and energy to produce. Not to mention coconuts can also produce 75% of sugar per acre compared to traditional sugar cane. [5]

Our NOW Foods Organic Coconut Sugar can be substituted 1:1 for table sugar in all recipes – so it takes almost no hassle to make the switch today!



Erythritol is a preferred alternative to traditional sugar for several reasons. It provides sweetness without the calories, making it suitable for weight management. This is because when ingested, erythritol can be absorbed by the small intestine quickly that it doesn’t have a chance to metabolise into calories. [6] Additionally, it doesn't affect blood sugar or insulin levels, making it safe for diabetics and those on low-carb diets.

It has a similar taste and texture to sugar without an aftertaste, making it an easy substitute in recipes! Indeed life is sweeter with NOW Foods Erythritol! This product is about 70% as sweet as refined sugar but has 95% fewer calories in comparison.



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Stevia is derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, making it a natural sweetener. Over the years, stevia has become a more popular alternative sugar option for various reasons. It provides sweetness without calories or carbohydrates, in addition to being filled with various vitamins and minerals in its leaves. [7]

Stevia also doesn't contribute to dental issues like tooth decay and cavities. With its natural origin, zero-calorie profile, and diabetic-friendly attributes, stevia offers a healthier alternative to traditional sugar!

At NOW, we offer this wonder of nature in abundance – and in different flavours! You can avail our original stevia in liquid form, get it in French vanilla, chai spice, dark chocolate and more. If the liquid form is not for you, you can also get it as powder or in packets!


Exploring alternative sugars presents a promising avenue for individuals seeking healthier options to traditional sugar. Monk fruit offers a natural alternative that doesn't impact blood sugar levels. Beet sugar provides a familiar taste while boasting a lower glycemic index than refined sugar. Coconut sugar is a flavorful and sustainable option. Erythritol is suitable for various dietary preferences. While Stevia is another calorie-free option that doesn't affect blood sugar levels and offers a high sweetness potency.

By incorporating these alternatives into our diets, we not only diversify our culinary experiences but also take proactive steps towards improving overall health and well-being!











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