Whether your motive is to eat healthy or you are allergic to treated sugar, it is always beneficial to remove white sugar from your diet.Reduction of sugar in your diet, helps you stay fit.Naturally sugar free is naturally healthy.There are many natural and healthy alternatives to white sugar, which are now available in market. They give the same sweetness, yet do not pose a risk like artificial sweeteners. Some of the commonly used natural sweeteners include Coconut sugar/Palm sugar, Stevia, Erythritol and Xylitol.
Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Pure stevia has up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar. The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside), which are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable. These days you can get both the leaves as well as sugar granules in the market.
Erythritol and Xylitol are sugar alcohols extracted from fruits/vegetables. They have a low glycemic index and easy to digest. They are stable on high heat and can be used in baking. If taken in excess at once, they may cause indigestion in some people.
Note: As with any serious medical conditions, however, or if in doubt, please consult your health practitioner before incorporating Stevia/Coconut Sugar into your daily diet.