Step 5 – Swap Out Your Sweeteners

This part 5 of my video series, Switch Over to a Real Food Lifestyle in 10 Easy Steps. You can view the introduction video here, step 1 here, step 2 here, step 3 here, and step 4 here.Don’t forget that you can buy your own copy of How to Switch Over to a Real Food Lifestyle in 10 Easy Steps  and follow along while we take this journey (it’s only $4.99).

Step 5 – Swap Out Your Sweeteners

Most processed and conventional foods are laced with artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners are devoid of any naturally occurring minerals and enzymes and are most likely genetically modified.

A few artificial sweeteners you want to stay away from are:

  • Splenda
  • Sweet and Low
  • Aspartame (now known as AminoSweet)
  • Sugar (if not labeled as non-GMO project verified, the word sugar in food products means the sweetener most likely comes from genetically modified sugar beets. You can learn more about that here).

Luckily, there are some great natural sweeteners to swap out and these sweeteners are wholesome, full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals and are perfectly sweet.

It’s always best to source locally for your natural sweeteners. Farmer’s markets and health food stores are a great start. Need to find a farmer’s market near you? Check out this website.


Links Mentioned in the Video:

  • Find rapadura here
  • Find sucanat here
  • Find raw, unfiltered honey here
  • Find real maple syrup here
  • Find coconut sugar here
  • Find organic evaporated cane juice here

Your Challenge

Your challenge this week is to source a natural sweetener you’ve never used, purchase it and use it in your kitchen. I’d love to hear which sweetener you chose and what you thought of it.

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Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.

'Step 5 – Swap Out Your Sweeteners' has 4 comments

  1. May 19, 2014 @ 9:42 pm Lauren

    We recently switched over to coconut sugar for baking and in coffee and it is AMAZING! I made the best muffins for a (late) mother’s day this past weekend. This stuff is the best!


  2. January 29, 2015 @ 11:25 am Debi

    I was wondering what your stance on Stevia was in regards to it’s nutrient content, NON-GMO, NON- chemical protocol? I’ve been apprehensive to use it due to cancer treatment. Have you ever used it and does it cause deficiencies or adverse reactions to bone health?


    • January 30, 2015 @ 11:20 am Loriel

      Hi Debi,
      I’m sorry but I don’t know too much about Stevia as I don’t ever use it at home. You may want to check out and ask her about Stevia — she’s very familiar and uses it regularly. Good luck!


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