(Yahoo!Health) Let’s be real: Most of us have a sweet tooth, and if we had our way, sugary treats would be a food group unto themselves. At the same time, we know that while sweets are enticing (and addictive), sugar consumed in excess has been linked to weight gain, premature aging, and type 2 diabetes.

Since birth, most of us have been eating and drink sweeter and sweeter food products every year. So even if you’ve weaned yourself off that heaping teaspoon in your morning cup of coffee, sugar and corn syrup have wormed their way into every corner of your refrigerator and pantry. This is bad news for your heart and your waistline. The good news? We found 10 surprising alternatives to the white stuff that come with added health benefits to boot.

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