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The Truth about ''Natural'' Sweeteners

Does Sugar by Any Other Name Still Taste as Sweet?


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  • I'm so glad that its becoming more and more common for people to understand that Agave syrup is CRAP.

    Its Not very good for you~

    I like to use honey, molasses and even coconut sugar on occasion. I dont use any of these very often though. - 6/12/2012 4:45:57 PM
  • Regarding Stevia and fertility, here is a report from the European Union which addressed that subject. They did find a link.
    - 6/12/2012 4:12:01 PM
  • I too think that it is important to consider glycemic index when talking about sugar. Something like palm sugar, which is fairly natural, does not cause a spike in the blood sugar and is a great alternative to white table sugar. It also replaces sugar 1:1.

    Dates are an excellent sweetener as well. If you chop them up in a food processor, or make them into a paste by mixing with a little bit of almond milk they can be really great for quick breads and bar cookies.

    I also think that it's important to differentiate between various types of honey. Raw honey has significantly more nutrition than its processed counterpart. - 6/12/2012 11:57:22 AM
  • Go with Stevia if you're watching calories. Despite what Dr OZ says in his book, it does not cause sterility in men (he also claims Splenda is safe...nice job Doc!) - 6/12/2012 11:54:33 AM
    This article just scratches the surface. Yes, sugar is sugar, I guess, but what about the glycemic index? How fast sugar is absorbed can be very important to overweight people and helpful in avoiding a sugar rush. Everyone knows to limit sugar, but sugars do have different qualities aside from nutritional value or lack thereof. And, yes stevia and processed sweeteners were left out as well. I grow my own stevia and it's fantastic and a great low calorie, non sugar alternative. This article is pretty much useless. - 6/12/2012 10:08:28 AM
    I can't believe this article left out Stevia! Its all natural and very very low in calories! 1tbsp of Stevia is equal to a cup of sugar!
    I'd say avoid all the artifical sweeteners(as in aspertame, spelnda, sucralose etc) all together! they are TERRIBLE for you, they have been proven to dull your mind and in studies they have found that they actually contribute to weight gain! - 6/12/2012 9:50:20 AM
  • blackstrap molasses are so very good on a sweet potato, just a tablespoon full... - 6/12/2012 7:01:09 AM
  • EDHME2
    My only concern about this article is that they showed the serving size, but that does not mean the sweetness level is equal. Example: you use less agave than sugar to get the same level of sweetness. I would have liked it if they added a sweetness comparison by amount. They did mention that 3/4 cup honey sweetens like 1 cup of sugar. - 6/12/2012 6:44:48 AM
  • MSHERER1622
    Of these sweeteners, honey is the most interesting because of its anti-bacterial properties. Manuka honey from New Zealand is a clinically proven burn and wound treatment and has even been proven to kill MRS, the drug resistant staph bacteria. The food processing industry being what it is, I'd try to buy my honey locally. - 6/12/2012 6:40:46 AM
  • "I think you need a little more sweetner in your diet!" I'm pretty sure that neither your doctor nor anyone else ever said that to you. We can do our bodies a big favor by learning to live without trying to make everything sweeter! You CAN do it! Karen

    - 6/12/2012 6:34:32 AM
  • Blackstrap Molasses is delicious stirred into warm milk. - 5/23/2012 12:40:04 AM
  • ElBall, Stevia is a natural sweetener not an "artificial" sweetener. It comes from the Stevia plant. It is a zero-calorie sugar substitute with very minimum after-taste compared to the artificial sweeteners like splenda and nutrasweet.

    If you can tolerate the taste of Stevia(which I think is pretty good actually) it is a very time proven (many people use it and have used it for generations throughout the world) substitute for sugar. It should have been included in this article since it is indeed a natural sweetener, the best one of all a zero calorie one! - 5/1/2012 8:34:15 PM
  • Where is the information about stevia? And xylitol? Stevia, which has zero calories, is an herbal extract and some studies suggest that it helps stabilize blood sugar. Xylitol (beet sugar), while expensive, does not elevate blood glucose levels at all. Xylitol is very low in calories and tastes just like table sugar. It even has benefits for teeth! I would expect these to be included in any discussion of sweeteners. - 3/21/2012 5:46:01 PM
  • Could and would someone please explain why evaporated cane juice has tracable amounts of nutrients while rapadura, sucanat, and turbinado are all less than .5% of daily values (according to the chart in this article)?

    Thanks in advance for your reply. - 3/11/2012 4:01:25 PM
  • Very informative. Thank you for sharing as I learned quite a bit from this article. - 9/25/2011 2:14:33 PM

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