UPDATED June 17th, 2017

Summer is here and with it, everyone’s favorite summertime staple: lemonade. Lemonade is a healthy beverage, considering the importance of proper hydration and the detoxifying benefits of lemon, with its high contents of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids—until we sweeten it with sugar and turn something healthy into just another sugary drink. But don’t fret: healthy sugar alternatives can fix that problem pronto.

From-Raw-Cane-to-Demerara-Types-of-Sugar-in-All-its-Glorious-Forms-Photo2According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Researchers found that Americans whose diets are highest in added sugar—the sugar manufacturers add to processed foods and drink, not the natural sugars in fruit or fruit juices—are twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose daily sugar intake is low.”

To keep your family healthy and your sugar intake on track, here are 10 great sugar alternatives to sweeten your summertime lemonade:


1. Raw Honey
Raw (or unprocessed) honey has a lot of advocates for many reasons. It contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. Since it’s raw, it has no additives and tastes just as sweet as refined sugar in food. It also mixes easily with liquids.