These natural sweeteners include but are not limited to:
- Raw honey
- Coconut sugar
- Blackstrap molasses
- Maple syrup
- Date sugar
The reality is, too much sugar is not good for anyone. Sugar when consumed in excess can lead to obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and weakening of the immune system. Using natural sweeteners can be a good alternative but they are still sugar. The best option is having a balanced diet of whole, fresh and real foods. Minimal processed foods for athletes or recreational exercisers can lead to better performance and quality of life. However, life is to be enjoyed and indulging in chocolate is part of the enjoyment. As a result, moderation and knowing your recommended limits are the best options.
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