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Sugar and sweeteners are normally blamed for everything from obesity to hypertension.

Due to which, most of us are looking for substitutes to refined sugar. Natural sweeteners have been gaining great popularity; the selection of sweeteners consists of powders, syrups, and liquids.

Here is a list of 10 best natural sweeteners which are tastier, healthier and a great alternative to add sweetness to your life:

Honey
Made by bees from the nectar of flowers. It is a ready-made sweetener that contains many nutrients. Unheated and unfiltered honey retains its natural enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, and some vitamins.

Fructose
This sweetener is made from fruit sugars, it is sweeter than refined sugar. Mostly found in many food stores in granulated form, in case you don’t want to go the extra mile and just use the fruit itself.

Barley malt syrup
Barley is roasted and cooked down to a syrup form. Its malt flavor is good for squash and sweet sauces.In granulated form, barley malt syrup makes a good substitute for brown sugar, and this healthier alternative contains complex carbohydrates and protein along with maltose and glucose.

Rapadura
This is probably the closest thing to raw sugar. It is the pure juice pressed from the sugar cane and evaporated at a low heat. Rapadura is packed with minerals, vitamins and nutrients

Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is made from the juice of coconut flower bud. It has a similar color, flavor, and taste to brown sugar and is high in potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Due to lower-glycemic property it is a much healthier alternative.

Date sugar
It is a sweetener made of dried, crushed dates which  is rich in iron, potassium and vitamins.Tastes like dried dates, and is a bit less sweet than other natural sweeteners.

Fruit juice concentrates
Made from the juice of fruit and is easily available in many food stores. this sweetener is full of flavors and nutritional value.

Maple syrup
It is collected from the growing sap of sugar maple trees, which is boiled down to thicken the syrup. Maple syrup contains a good amount of calcium.Select darker, Grade B maple syrups, as they contain more beneficial antioxidants than the lighter syrups.

Fruit source
Made from a natural blend of grape and rice carbohydrates. It is a new natural sweetening product.

Xylitol
A natural sweetener that occurs in fruits and some vegetables too. Xylitol is stored in crystalline form in many food stores and is very beneficial for diabetes patients.