These healthier sugar alternatives to satisfy a sweet tooth without the health risks

IF you’re trying to get healthy, ditching sugar is a great place to start.

The average Brit eats about 59g a day – nearly twice the suggested daily maximum.

Here we look at healthier alternatives to satisfy a sweet tooth, while our beauty expert puts eyelash curlers to the test.

Health

with Jane Atkinson

Organic Coconut Sugar

Organic Coconut Sugar contains antioxidants, iron, calcium and potassium.

Sugar alternatives aren’t hugely lower in calories but their lower glycemic index numbers mean fewer blood- sugar spikes.

This has a real caramel flavour, 195kcals per 50g and is gorgeous on toast.

  • Coconut sugar, £3.99 for 500g, hollandandbarrett.com

Cinnamon Agave Nectar

Cinnamon Agave Nectar is a syrup derived from the tequila plant. It’s three times sweeter than sugar – meaning you use less and so consume fewer calories.

Delicious drizzled over desserts or porridge with no additives or artificial flavours. It has a low glycemic index of 30 and 149kcals per 100g.

I’d recommend it. 

  • Cinnamon Agave Nectar, £2.50 for 250ml, groovyfood.co.uk

Manuka HoneyManuka Honey

Manuka Honey comes from New Zealand and is known for its health benefits, including easing digestive problems and reducing inflammation.

I tried Rowse Manuka Honey 250+ MGO (the MGO indicates how many active components it contains) which is bursting with antioxidants, has a GI value of 45 and has 164kcals per 50g.

  • Manuka Honey, £13.99 for 225g, rowsehoney.co.uk

Beauty

with Gabriella Stein

Budget – SportFX Power Lift Eyelash Curler

Promises to lift, lengthen and curl lashes, leaving a lasting result with or without mascara.

This was really easy to use thanks to the chunky grip and gave a great curl.

Did not pinch my eyelids like cheaper options I’ve tried in the past. 

SportFX Power Lift Eyelash Curler, £3.50, sportfx.com

Mid-range – Morphe Mini Lash Curler

This takes a little getting used to as you curl lashes in smaller sections.

The advantage is that it ensures the very inner and outer lashes, which are usually missed, get just as much of a curl.

It is also amazing for seamlessly blending fake lashes to your real ones after they have been applied.

Morphe Mini Lash Curler, £8, morphe.com

Luxury – Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler

Expertly designed with a 60-degree angle for round-shaped eyes.

The thick, rounded pads felt soft and didn’t pinch or pull my eyelids at all.

There is also an option for almond-shaped or deep-set eye shapes.

These gave the best curl of the three and even without mascara it lasted all day. Pricey but my favourite.

Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler, £22, tweezerman.co.uk

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