Coconut Sugar
Credit: Photograph by Svend Lindbaek

Made from the sap of coconut-tree blossoms, this sweetener is loaded with zinc, potassium, iron, and vitamin B. "It also contains less fructose than table sugar, which is helpful because fructose is tough for your body to break down and metabolize," says New York City nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg.

Best uses: Despite the name, there's no coconut flavor; it has more of a caramel taste, which works well in coffee or tea. Because it's granular, it's also a great substitute for white or brown sugar in recipes.