Tooth Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Ahh, the holidays. There’s nothing quite like grandma’s apple pie. Or your Uncle Frank’s homemade brownie a la mode. Not to mention those famous gingerbread cookies your Cousin Ann makes, or that deliciously gooey and sweet s’mores pie that your brother and his girlfriend always bring. Before you know it, your belt has been loosened and you’re ready to drift off into a blissful food coma.

Sounds great, right? The holidays bring out all of the comfort food we can stand. However, the ramifications aren’t only felt in your waist. The amount of refined sugar used in most baking is a lot. Really. More than in that soda you drink once per week. If you think your dental health is doing great, you may want to reevaluate after the holidays. Here are our tips for sugar substitutes to use while baking. Don’t worry, your belt will still loosen a notch, and you’ll still want to do some extra flossing, but these substitutes are generally better for you (and your teeth!) than plain ol’ white sugar.

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is one of the most easy to find of our suggestions. Just make sure you find a natural one. There are some brands that actually add sugar to their syrup, which defeats to purpose of using a substitute. Grade B syrup works great, if you can find it.

Dates & Raisins

They’re great for your digestive system and great for your teeth too! These make a great substitute for sugar in cookies particularly. Just make sure you chop the dates into fine pieces. Not a fan of dates or raisins? Figs are also a wonderful option.


This sugar substitute is one of the most economical and widely used. Again, find a natural version to use as some brands add sugar. Better yet, make your own! Applesauce is great to use in cookies, pies, and cakes. You really should try this one if none of the others. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


This plant based sweetener is low calorie and packs a sweet punch. You’ll generally need to use a third the amount you would of normal sugar when substituting it for Stevia. It’s vegan-friendly and eco-friendly to boot!


Similar to honey, agave is also a plant based sweetener. It can be a bit pricey, but the intense flavor means you’ll usually need less of it than most other sugar substitutes.


Honey is a wonderful option that comes in many varieties. From local honey to flavored honey to wild honey, there’s nothing quite like it. Plus, it makes a great housewarming gift for grandma!

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