Sweeteners

A few tips about sweeteners

Many alternatives to white sugar are on the market.  Understanding each one can help you make the best decision based on your needs. Keep in mind, reducing your overall in take of any sweetener is the best lifestyle approach for anyone, rather than searching for a sweetener you can continue to eat at the same rate.  

Brown sugar, for instance, is not unrefined in the slightest.  It is generally white sugar sprayed with a mist of molasses.  

Raw sugar is simply coarse white sugar, as is 'Turbinado sugar'.

Stevia is clearly a great choice for diabetics and others who are extremely sensitive to the physiological impacts of sugars. It is a plant grown for its sweet leaves.

Stevia is sometimes available in liquid forms as well as in small packets. When packaged, be sure to read the ingredient list as it is often combined with maltodextrin.

Sugar alcohols such as Xylitol and Erythritol are also recommended for those having trouble with blood sugar balance as they have little affect on blood sugar. 

Xylitol is a great sugar substitute for net carb counters and low carb diets. It has a glycemic index of approximately 7 while the glycemic index for Erythritol is zero.

Excessive consumption of erythritol (over 80 grams per day) or Xylitol (more than 40 grams/day) may result in digestive upset, diarrhea, and bloating.

Honey is not recommended for prolonged or high-temperature cooking.  It has very delicate and highly beneficial enzymes which are destroyed through the application of heat.  For this reason, unpasteurized honey is also much more preferable.

Agave Nectar is a high fructose sweetener made from the heart of the cactus, agave.  It may be suitable for those who need to monitor glucose intake. It has a low glycemic index of 32.


"When carrying a jar of honey to give a friend for his birthday, don't stop and eat it along the way."

~ A.A. Milne, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

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