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Dates, the all-natural sweetener that is often overlooked

on November 9, 2012

With all of the controversy about whether or not honey and agave are healthier sugar alternatives, many are turning to date sugars and pastes.  Date sugar is a wonderful sugar substitute that is healthy for kids and it tastes great. Is is not processed or refined and it is loaded with  fiber, vitamins and minerals. Date sugar is a natural sugar made by grinding up dates. While it is important to keep in mind that sugar, regardless of the source is still a sugar, this is definitely a healthier option.

Date sugar is loaded with vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium; where white sugar does not.  It is packed with  fiber, protein and carbs which make you feel full much longer. This can help to curb hunger and help prevent weight gain.  Date sugar is loaded with Potassium and actually has more potassium per serving size than bananas do. Potassium has many health benefits including helping to prevent cramps in kids as they grow bigger.  Date sugar is low in calories at 288 calories for a 1/2 of cup of date sugar; compared to white refined sugar which has 387 calories per 1/2 cup.

You can find date sugar at most health food stores or you can make your own date sugar by following this recipe.

Source:

Healthy Living Mom

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