13 Natural Sweeteners That Make You Gain Weight ...


While natural sweeteners do have their benefits, they’re not completely free of guilt, and there are some things you should know before choosing the natural sweetener route.

Many of them do contain great vitamins, minerals and nutrients, but they also come with the same amount of calories as pure sugar, and affect your gylcemic index the same way.

You don’t have to resort to ariticial sweeteners as the answer either.

They’ve actually been proven to increase sugar cravings and are toxic to your whole body.2

Avoid these natural sweeteners if you’re watching your weight.

While I do recognize their health benefits, those benefits don’t negate the calories they include.

1. Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Probably my favorite of all natural sweeteners is maple syrup, but it’s extremely high in sugar with 14 grams of sugar in just 1 tbsp!

That’s as much as some candy bars out there, and if you’re like me, one tablespoon of maple syrup isn’t near enough since it’s so tasty!

Maple syrup is rich in many B vitamins and antioxidants, but it’s still calorically the same per teaspoon as sugar.

2. Molasses


Oh with all those tasty gingerbread recipes out there, surely you’ve seen molasses in a few of them.

Molasses offers that smoky, sweet, rich taste many of us love, but it’s not calorie free.

It is high in iron and magnesium, but will still pack on the pounds if used with abandon.

Molasses contains 15 grams of sugar in one tablespoon, which is more sugar than a banana has!

3. Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar

This “healthy” sugar promoted by all the health food gurus today is nothing more than hype, despite its benefits.

Proponents of coconut sugar say it’s low glycemic and great for diabetics, but any sugar source, which coconut sugar is, is not a great choice if you’re watching your weight or blood sugar.2

Coconut sugar contains 16 grams of sugar per tablespoon.

See what I mean?

That little addition of it to your oatmeal or smoothie isn’t doing you any favors!2

Sure it contains vitamins and minerals, but that doesn’t mean it might not add to your waistline if used without caution.

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