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The Best Sweet Choice: Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The sugar debate never ends. From time to time, a new report suggests that sugar substitutes are not healthy and should be avoided. The term “sugar substitutes” is widely mentioned but not always properly used. Sugar substitutes can be any product that people use instead of sugar. The most common sugar subs are sweeteners which can be divided in two categories: artificial and natural.

Artificial sweeteners have been getting a variety of poor reviews in reports and studies, fading away in popularity, and can’t seem to overcome their sketchy made-in-the-lab connotations. On the other hand, natural sweeteners continue to grown in variety and popularity as have been labeled as a much healthier and overall better product.

Stevia, xylitol, and agave are just some of the popular names of natural sweeteners and if you are not yet familiar with these products, it’s very important that you check out the health benefits from this sugar substitutes. These sweeteners are derived from natural substances rather than synthesized like saccharin and aspartame and most of them are considered low-calorie.  Some of these natural sweeteners are relatively new, so they haven’t been studied as extensively as sugar and artificial substitutes have, but there is no doubt you are getting a product that is much better than any artificial sweeteners as well as conventional sugar.

The US Food and Drug Administration has reviewed provided data and considered most of these products to be generally recognized as safe. In fact, the food-safety watchdog group “Center for Science in the Public Interest” believes this new generation is probably safer than aspartame and saccharin, which it asserts could increase cancer risk. With the exception of agave syrup, the new natural sweeteners are very low-calorie or calorie-free.

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