Natural sweeteners

Published 6:26 AM ET, Wed February 22, 2017
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Although maple syrup contains some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, the amounts in a typical serving are quite small. One tablespoon provides about 1% of your daily needs for calcium, potassium and iron. Shutterstock
Honey has been shown to possess small amounts of nutrients, antioxidants and antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory compounds. Shutterstock
Whole dates are a good source of several key nutrients, including potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, B vitamins, vitamin K and antioxidants. However, the nutrient amounts in a teaspoon of date sugar are minimal. Shutterstock
Coconut sugar provides small amounts of nutrients and contains inulin, a naturally occurring, indigestible carbohydrate that acts as a prebiotic, or "food," for beneficial gut bacteria. Shutterstock
Blackstrap molasses contains 6% of your daily value for iron and calcium. Plus, it has been shown to have higher antioxidant levels than any other sweetener. Shutterstock