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Best And Worst Sweeteners

There is no secret that too much sugar is bad for you. In fact, doctors commonly suggest for their patients to regulate them just like alcohol. But, with the faked marketing behind various 'natural' alternatives, it's difficult to know which natural healthy sweeteners are the best.

Following we will talk about the best and worst sweeteners available in the market, so next time you are in need of a sweetener, you will know the difference between the good guys and the bad ones. Keep in mind that sweeteners should always be seen as treats!


Avoid: Aspartame

Aspartame is a chemical sweeter often used in diet soda and other low-cal foods. But a study at the University of Liverpool found that when combined with a common food colour ingredient, aspartame can become toxic to brain cells. Moreover, other research found that consuming two diet sodas a day can increase the waist size. Although there are some conflicting evidence regarding the safety of aspartame, keeping safe is better than feeling sorry later.


Avoid: Agave Nectar

While health food stores stocks agave sweeteners, you should keep then out of your cart. The majority of agave nectar products are consisted of 70% to 90% fructose, making them the worst sweeteners available on the market. High fructose levels go directly to the liver, which increases heart disease risk. Plus, high fructose levels can also lead insulin resistance, a risk factor for those with diabetes.


Avoid: Sucralose

While sucralose may originate with sugar, but the final product cannot be compared with natural healthy sweeteners. Chlorine is used in its making process and researches reported that the artificial sweetener is being found in wastewater treatment plants, where it cannot be broken down. Scientists are concerned that it could change organisms, putting the whole food chain at risk.


Choose: Stevia

To be off of sugar you need good natural healthy sweeteners alternatives. Stevia is the safest natural healthy sweetener available out there, say specialists. All types of Stevia products are extracted from the leaves of the Stevia plant and they all contain zero calories. The downside of stevia is that it doesn't work very well for baking. Since many tend to overuse the powder version of Stevia, we recommend you starting with the liquid form.


Choose: Local Raw Honey

Honey is packed with cancer-defending antioxidants, and local raw honey are known to help alleviate allergy symptoms. Since raw honey has low glycemic index, it is great for adding in teas and yogurts, because it doesn't lead energy-busting blood sugar drops during the day.


Choose: Maple Syrup

For a naturally sweet treat turn to real maple syrup. It is packed with minerals and is lower in calories and may even help prevent cancer and heart disease. Studies have reported that maple syrup has anti-inflammatory properties (with protects the heart) as well as cancer fighting antioxidants properties which show also abilities to fight enzymes that lead diabetes type 2.




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