Do you see a lot of sugar substitutes in your natural vitamin supplement facts panels? If so read more to better understand what those ingredients are.
According to Donna Gates, co-author of The Stevia Cookbook: Cooking with Nature's Calorie-Free Sweetener (Avery Trade, 2004), “Stevia is the safest sweetener. Period.” She also says that people who have tried Stevia powder and didn’t like it might actually like the liquid better. Stevia contains zero calories, but its one downfall is that it doesn't work well for baking.
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Date sugar is very sweet. It clumps and doesn’t melt so it can’t be used in all the ways we use white sugar. Still you can usually substitute it in recipes that call for brown sugar.
Raw, Organic Honey
Even though honey contains higher fructose levels than other sugar substitutes, it is also a rich source of antioxidants. Because it has a low glycemic index, you can still add it to your tea, oatmeal or yogurt and not experience the blood-sugar “crash” that you might experience with regular sugar. And honey is more than just a great, natural sweetener. It’s also soothing to the skin and helps wounds heal faster.
Black Strap Molasses
If you’re more concerned about “empty calories” than you are about calories in general, then this is the alternative sweetener for you. Black strap molasses may have a high calorie index, but it is also a rich source of iron, potassium and calcium. The one drawback is, according to Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, MD, PhD, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, black strap molasses, as well as other calorie-containing sweeteners, are not recommended for diabetics.