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The Truth about ''Natural'' Sweeteners

Does Sugar by Any Other Name Still Taste as Sweet?


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I use only local raw unfiltered honey for my sweetener needs. It was recommended for my allergies and it helps. Report
I didn't notice Stevia listed. I get it at the pharmacy vitamin section which seems to be cheaper than the "sugar" isle. Report
Anyway, this article was better than the one about artificial sweeteners, where short term studies were cited....We have all seen that long term affects are not generally noted in these types of studies. I think that health news is changing rapidly right now, and it's hard to know what to believe, and although this article doesn't give an opinion about the sweeteners, I'm ok with that, since we really don't know for sure yet. Seems like the more 'natural' or 'whole, the better. For now, I'm sticking with raw, unfiltered honey, and other less refined/processed sugar options, if I need sugar. Maybe best to try to limit sugar- the less sugar and processed food I eat, the less I crave it anyway... But, as we all know, that can be undone in one meal and the cravings are back- that's when I try to use honey, dark chocolate, etc to help.... Report
Great information. wish i had the conversion chart a couple of days ago when I baked. Report
I don't like stevia either. Report
Stevia is not mentioned, It is a favorite of mine that I use to sweeten tea or my real lemonade. I do not use much. I also use agave syrup but only use a tablespoon in my buckwheat pancakes, not on them. Report
Stevia tastes bitter to me, not at all sweet. I love cooking with maple syrup, it adds a subtle flavor to food... yum. Report
rapadura or coconut sugar which is least processed
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Am I the only one that can't stand the taste of stevia ? And no I'm not putting too much in.. I bought an expensive little bottle from the health foods store and only put one drop in my coffee... Yuck

Or shouldi I try again with powder? Report
Glad to read that blackstrap molasse is the only one that actually has nutrients : I love using it as spread on bread (yummy) and in herbal tea sometimes. Report
I was also expecting the article to contain information about stevia, luo han guo, and erythritol. Report
I was disappointed with this article. I think it was titled incorrectly because it really did not tell me anymore about natural sweeteners than I can get by reading the labels at my grocery store. I also believe Stevia to be a natural sweetener and agree that it should have been included in the article, regardless of the excuses for it's exclusion.
Really expected more. Report
I agree that not all natural sugars are healthy. In fact some natural sugars are so highly processed I wonder how it can be classified as natural. My view, if it states that it is all-natural or 100% natural, then it should be organic- no chemicals, no-additives, unrefined and unbleached. Try getting hold of suchero, i was pleasantly surprised. Report
Folks, the reason stevia isn't mentioned here is because this article is focused on less processed or "unprocessed" sweeteners. You know, the ones that can best be called "natural". Stevia is an extremely refined product that has very little in common with the actual extract from the plant. I'm not saying that it's bad, just that it doesn't really fit with the "unrefined" foods. (In fact, I use stevia, just in moderation like any other sweetener.) If you look at the related articles, you should see one titled "The Science Behind Stevia". It might open your eyes to some interesting facts.

I too want to know why in the article you state that maple syrup has fewer calories when your chart shows it having 2 calories more per serving! This doesn't really make sense... Report
Why does your article say maple syrup has fewer calories than honey but the chart says it has more? Report

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