Which Sugar Is OK?

Excessive Sugar, Even “Whole Food” Sugars

A pan of clean-eating brownies is a beautiful way to get in a treat every now and then, and a wonderful alternative to processed sweets, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call these recipes healthy. To me, the healthy label implies something you should be eating, can eat often, for the benefit of your health. Sugar is a treat, not an essential nutrient, and too much sugar in any form from maple syrup to honey is not beneficial to you. Decide yourself about Agave (shown to raise blood sugar as much as table sugar or honey) and Stevia or Truvia a no calorie vegatable sweetener that can be used just like regular cane or beet sugar.

Although a teaspoon or so of these sugars a day is probably fine, save the high-sugar recipes for your “every now and then” category to be enjoyed on special occasions

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Which Sweeteners?

Which Sweetener to Use?
Written by Tanya|July 10, 2011|23

Article courtesy of the Feingold Association of the United States

There’s so much we don’t know about sweeteners, but the Association does have the accumulated experience of many thousands of families. Combining experience with what we do know, here’s a suggested guideline for choosing sweeteners:
Acceptable choices
The following are healthy choices:
· Sugar – granulated, confectioner’s, or brown
· Cane sugar crystals
· Turbinado and various raw sugars
· Honey, Molasses, Pure maple syrup
· Rice syrup and similar syrups
· Stevia (an herbal no-calorie sweetener found in the supplements section of your supermarket or a health food store)
Acceptable, but don’t overdo
When a sugar name ends in “ol” that means it is an alcohol sugar. Too much has a laxative effect.
· Sorbitol
· Mannitol
· Xylitol
· Hydrogenated starches
Less desirable
· Corn syrup, corn sweeteners, dextrose
· High fructose corn syrup
Questionable
· Acesulfame-k (Sunett, Sweet One)
· D-tagatose (Naturlose)
Do not use
· Aspartame(NutraSweet, Equal)
o Neotame
o Alitame
· Cyclamate
· Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low),
· Sucralose (Splenda)