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Smart alternatives to sugar

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The dreaded sweet tooth strikes again. Most of us know sugar isn't the healthiest food item, but the risks go way beyond a sugar crash or a cavity. FOX 9 Fitness Expert Ali Holman from stopped by to give us some healthier sugar substitutions.

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1. Agave Nectar

The Aztecs used agave thousands of years ago and praised this syrup as a gift from the gods. A derivative of the same plant as tequila (cheers!), this sweetener tastes similar to honey and is perfect in hot or iced tea. This is one to use in moderation but is a great substitution.

2. Honey

Thanks to bees, this scrumptious stuff packs an antioxidant punch! Put in hot tea or get creative and add a spoonful to homemade salad dressing.

3. Applesauce

Instead of a half-cup white sugar in a batch of oatmeal cookies, swap in an equal amount of applesauce! Ali prefers the no sugar added or organic option.

4. Processed Dates

Grab a bunch of dates for an extra boost of antioxidants in the next baking experiment. With a low glycemic index and some subtle sweetness, it is great for brownies . Substitute two-thirds cup for one cup of regular sugar.

5. Rapadura

This sweet treat's made from sugar cane but skips the refining stage, so it retains vitamins and minerals lost when white sugar is processed. Keep the one-to-one ratio when swapping rapadura for sugar in baked goods.

6. Cinnamon

Spice up a morning cup of coffee with cinnamon. This super spice adds subtle sweetness while boosting immunity, plus no calories!

7. Coconut Sugar

Get a little tropical and use coconut sugar in a fruit smoothie. Made from the sap of coconut flowers, this natural sugar comes in block, paste, or granulated form. Plus, it's loaded with potassium which keeps our bones strong!

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