There are many reasons why someone would want or need to switch from regular sugar to a natural sugar substitute. There are several natural sugar substitutes currently available
Some natural sweeteners made from sugar alcohol. They include xylitol and erythritol. Both occur naturally in fruits and fermented foods and processed for use as a sweetener. Erythritol receive more positive press that it has less gastric side effects than xylitol. Both are about 70 percent less sweet than sugar, can be absorbed by the body, and does not promote tooth decay.
PureVia and Truvia are brand names for sweeteners made from plant extract called Stevia. Stevia was approved by the FDA in 2009 as a food additive. There are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Some brands of stevia-based sweeteners cut their product with erythritol reducing sweetness. Other brands use concentrated stevia, so you should check the label before use.
Agave and Honey
Agave nectar and honey are both low-glycemic, and can be used as a sugar substitute of those with medical conditions such as diabetes and hypoglycemia. Both are high in calories and carbohydrates, but they are sweeter than refined sugar, you can save calories by using less. For a simple recipe, you can substitute half a cup of honey or agave nectar for a whole cup of sugar.
Sucanat is basically another name for Unrefined or raw sugar. It is dehydrated cane juice, which means that it has the same properties as table sugar. It is not a substitute for people with diabetes or low blood sugar, and it promotes tooth decay. However, it is not as refined as regular sugar, which adds a negligible advantages as being higher in nutritional value and lower in sucrose than refined sugar.
Bakers have used sugar substitute for years in their cooking. Some of the most popular natural and healthy sweeteners contain 100 percent fruit juice, maple syrup and rice syrup. You may find that you need to change the recipes slightly to adjust for sweetness levels depending on the product used. Some sweeteners will change the flavor too.