While always sweet and delicious, consuming large amounts of added sugar can be more than a dental issue. Sugars in their natural form, like those found in fruits and vegetables, are embraced by our body and are broken down appropriately; however, the addition of refined sugar in processed foods has been clearly linked with health complications.
Following a solid nutrition plan and reducing the amount of refined sugar your consume is one way you can work to optimize how well your transplanted organ functions. To help, we have listed a few alternatives to sugar that you can use in your food and drinks that are healthier, yet just as sweet.
Unsweetened ApplesauceFor healthier baking, swap out the sugar for applesauce, which contains more nutrients, as well as fiber, and fewer calories for every cup. Just replace the sugar with equal parts applesauce and you're well on your way to a healthier, sweet snack. Remember, for every cup of applesauce used, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by one-fourth cup.
VanillaHoused in every baking cabinet, vanilla extract can enhance the flavor without the refined sugar. Even though it can't be used as a 1:1 ratio, it still can reduce the amount of added sugar while keeping the same amount of flavor. A perfect, healthy twist for your favorite cookie! Try cutting a few tablespoons of sugar and using half of a teaspoon of vanilla instead.
Yogurt or Greek YogurtYogurt can provide a good sweet option, as some have relatively low sugar. Nutritionists Tiffany Donahue, RD, LDN, and Katie Stratton, RD, LDN, suggest adding a little powdered cocoa or a sprinkling of cinnamon to plain Greek yogurt for a fun snack.
Reminder: Remember that honey, maple syrup and dried fruit are natural but concentrated sugars, which should be avoided or limited to small quantities. Raw honey should be avoided completely.