Most of you know the negative effects of excess sugar. Sugar is empty calories that can lead to hormonal imbalances and weight gain, not to mention it’s addictive!
And hopefully, you also know that artificial sweeteners are just as bad for you. They’re filled with potentially harmful chemicals, have no nutrition, and in my experience, trigger more sugar cravings.
But what about all the natural sweeteners that are being marketed as “healthier” alternatives to sugar, such as honey, maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, stevia, etc.?
First of all, let me tell you flat out: These natural options are still SUGAR (with the exception of stevia). And too much of any sugar can lead to increased risk of diabetes, heart problems, fatty liver, obesity, hormonal imbalances, and more.
What differentiates them is primarily: