I notice that you do not mention sorghum molasses made from the sorghum cane. It is similar in consistency to blackstrap molasses but much milder. How does it compare to these other types of sweeteners?
I agree with Eric, Stevia is the best naturlal sweetener, the only one that doesn't raise the glyemic index. Here are a few extracts from an article I wrote about Stevia.
Stevia extracts, from the leaf of the Stevia plant, have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. This remarkable herb originating from Paraguay is noncaloric. Stevia comes in liquid or powder form. Check the label, as some companies add maltodextrin or other fillers to the powder form, so it is best to find it in its pure form.
It is a little difficult to give exact equivalents for Stevia as everyone has their personal preference for how sweet they like their food. In general replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon liquid or powder Stevia, and 1 teaspoon of sugar with a pinch of Stevia powder or 2 to 4 drops of liquid Stevia. Start with small amounts, if you use too much liquid Stevia it will be overly sweet and have a bitter after taste.
The goal is to start by replacing sugar with healthier alternatives in order to work towards reducing our intake of sweets over all. Improve your health and make life sweet.
I was expecting the article to have more to say on the topic. The title led me to believe I was going to learn more than just about calories and nutrients. Both are important, but I even from the comments here those are not the main reasons people are choosing the alternatives.
Yacon syrup! It's harder to find than agave/honey...but so much better! Far fewer calories
7/9/2012 11:27:26 AM
IS THERE AN ERROR ON THE CHART? I don't understand. If the descriptions are correct regarding "RAPADURA" being the least processed, shouldn't the "RAPADURA" have more vitamins and minerals than "EVAPORATED CANE SUGAR?"
(BTW, I've been using Rapunzul natural sugar for some time now.)
For what it's worth this article is good but it fails to name Stevia Extract which is another "natural" sweetner. Xylitol as some have commented on is NOT a "natural" sweetner as the article was focused on.
6/15/2012 3:14:56 AM
You do not mention Xylitol. Rodney Bilton, Professor Emerius in Applied Biochemistry in the School of Pharmacy and Chemical Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, has recommended this as the safest sugar substitute.
I have been told by doctors NOT to use any artificial sweetners at all. As some other people have said in these posts- they make you want more and more and in the end, they actually make you gain weight. The biggest area the doctors called me out on was dt. pop. They all told me no pop- prefered water. But if I felt I needed a pop to have a regular pop.
As a kid, many years ago, my parents gave us blackstrap molasses stirred into milk. Guess they knew what kept us healthy! It is surprising how many things people think are new ideas, but my parents did 70 and more years ago for their family.
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