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5 Alternative Sweeteners

What you need to know about monk fruit, lucuma, and more

While our sweet tooth may be an innate behavioral trait, today the average American consumes more than double the amount of sugar recommended by the federal dietary guidelines. In response, alternatives to sugar (that go beyond mainstream substitutes such as honey and agave) are being used in smoothies, baked goods, yogurts, and more. “It’s important to stay mindful of how much sugar we consume, regardless of the variety,” says Cassy Joy Garcia, RD, author of Fed & Fit. “Though the different sugar options will each contain their own unique spread of micronutrients, they’re still sugar.” Here, Garcia considers the pros and cons of five niche sweeteners.