Sugar can be found in soft drinks, processed foods and added to tea and coffee. Most sugar is derived from the sugar cane plant, however some synthetic alternatives that have been introduced to the market state they are natural and have zero calories.
The first is Xylitol, this can be found in chewing gum, fruits, vegetables, corn and some trees. The next is stevia, this is 300 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories and no glycemic impact. Coconut sugar is nutritious, has a low glycemic index and can be substituted for ordinary sugar.
Date sugar is made from dried dates which are ground to produce date sugar, it retains the nutritional advantages from dates, has a rich sweet flavour and is great to add to bread. Honey is sweeter than sugar, contains vitamins and anti microbial properties.
Maple syrup can be used as a sugar alternative or maple sugar, which is created from dehydrated maple syrup, it can be used like coconut sugar to replace ordinary sugar.
Fruit juice contains natural sugar and is great for adding sweetness to cakes. Molasses is a great source of calcium and iron and can be used in baking, it is sweeter than sugar, therefore you will use less of it.
Adapted from Ttheecologist.org.html