Honey– Honey is naturally sweet. It also contains small amounts of antioxidants and nutrients such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, and zinc. Some research suggests that honey may protect against diabetes, and some types of honey may help improve cholesterol levels. Honey is slightly sweeter than sugar; less may be needed to get the same sweet taste.
Milk – Lactose is natural milk sugar; it can taste sweeter than coffee creamer and be a suitable replacement for sugar.
Milk also has other nutrients such as calcium, protein, vitamin D.
Monk fruit– Another popular sugar replacement for coffee is monk fruit. Monk fruit sweetener, also called monk fruit extract. It is extracted from monk fruit. It has zero calories and is 150-200 times sweeter than sugar. Monkfruit is thought to have antioxidant properties.
Coconut sugar-Coconut sugar is also called coconut palm sugar. It’s a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap, which is the sugary circulating fluid of the coconut plant.
Coconut sugar has the same amount of calories as white sugar. Coconut sugar contains small amounts of minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. It would not be a significant source of these nutrients but a sugar alternative.
Stevia-Stevia leaf extract is a zero-calorie sweetener, 250-300 times sweeter than sugar. It has zero calories. Since sugar is so much sweeter, a smaller amount is needed.
Agave– Agave is a sweetener commercially produced from several species of agave plants.
Like honey, agave does contain
calories and carbohydrates. It is also less sweet than stevia or monk fruit.
Maple syrup– Is made from the sap of sugar maple trees. Maple syrup may provide anti-inflammatory properties and is potentially a better substitute for white sugar. So if you want calorie and carbohydrate-free sweetness, agave, milk, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and honey are not for you.
Collagen: Many collagen powders or liquid collagens can be added to coffee to alter the taste and give your coffee a sweeter flavor. Not only does it provide a sugar alternative in your coffee, but there is research that collagen can help with blood vessel health, joints, bones, skin health, dental health, and some autoimmune issues.
Almond flavoring/Vanilla flavoring: Flavor coffee with ingredients in your baking cabinet can give your coffee the sweetness you crave without the calories or concerns with sugar or sugar alternatives.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is an excellent alternative to any sweetener in your coffee. Someone can add cinnamon into the cup or brew with the beans. Cinnamon will add flavor to your coffee and has proven health benefits. Cinnamon can help support blood sugar control, protect against heart disease, and reduce inflammation.