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A Guide to Natural and Artificial Sweeteners

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There are many different types of sugar. How do you know which one to choose? Which is actually the healthiest? Which is right for you? Here is a breakdown of the most commonly found sugars and how they can affect you're body and how they should properly be used.

Sugar

Sugar is a natural sweetener that is extracted from sugar beets or sugarcane. Brown sugar comes from the same plants but has molasses added. One teaspoonful of sugar contains 16 calories. You should avoid eating foods with a high sugar content on an empty stomach as this will cause your blood sugar to soar then quickly crash, which will leave you feeling drained and hungry again.

Stevia

This is a no-calorie natural sweetener extracted from the stevia plant. You can use it in baking though it works best at moderate temperatures.

Agave Liquid

This natural sweetener is extracted from the agave plant. It doesn’t cause your blood sugar to soar as fast as sugar does. It tastes similar to honey.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

This is a very sweet liquid extracted from cornstarch. It is found in processed foods, condiments and baked goods. It can cause you to overeat by preventing your body form releasing hormones that indicate when you’re full.

Saccharin

Saccharin is an artificial sweetener with zero calories. It is considered safe for diabetics. It is made from combination of hydrogen, oxygen and sodium. It is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, which may lead to sugar cravings if you use it regularly.

Sucralose

This is a form of sugar that has been chemically altered. It contains no calories, making it safe for diabetics. Known also as Splenda, it is found in baked goods, cereals and soft drinks. It is around 600 times sweeter than sugar and can withstand high temperatures.

Aspartame

This is another artificial sweetener that is safe for diabetics. It also has zero calories. It is often a constituent of diet sodas and sugar-free gum. It is 200 times sweeter than table sugar. It can’t be used in baking or hot drinks as it breaks down at high temperatures.

Hopefully this will give you a better understanding of sugar in all its forms. In any case you should really keep your sugar intake to a minimum to remain healthy.

Here's to your wellness,


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