Honey may not seem the most intuitive weight-loss food, but it may help if you traded your refined sugar intake for this natural antioxidant-rich sweetener. Though it has 17.25 gm of sugar and 64 calories per tablespoon, it may help lower cholesterol, suppress your appetite, and cause less weight gain than if you had sucrose.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which occurs naturally in fruits such as watermelons and pears. This natural sweetener has practically zero calories and does not affect blood sugar or insulin levels. While it doesn’t cause cavities and is less likely than other natural sweeteners to cause an upset stomach, do not have doses of 50 gm or more. Some people may also be allergic to erythritol. Exercise portion control when having foods with erythritol or any other sweetener so you don't lose sight of your weight management goals.
Blackstrap molasses, a thick, dark syrup produced when sugarcane is processed to make sugar, is a nutrient-dense sweetener with a lower glycemic index than refined sugar. It’s good for your bones and teeth, helps with constipation, prevents iron deficiency, and may boost your testosterone levels. Add a little blackstrap molasses to your pancake or waffle batter, baked goods, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades or mix 1 tbsp in a glass of warm water and drink.
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