There are so many artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes on the market. What's wrong with sugar so you need a replacement? "With 15 calories by one teaspoon, no one can be called a moderate amount of sugar," said Lona Sandon, R.D., assistant professor of clinical nutrition University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Approximately 25 percent of your daily calories come from sugar in cakes, cereals, and soy sauce, said Lona.
To satisfy your desire for sweet foods and drinks, especially if you need to limit calories, carbohydrates or diabetics, this is a sugar substitute that you can consider:
SWEETLEAF AND TRUVIA
It is a sugar alternative that is made of a kind of herb that is found in Central and South America. It feels 40 times sweeter than sugar but zero calories and does not make your blood sugar soaring.
"Truvia is a sugar substitute that is most promising. Until now, its use is still safe. It was like sugar with glycemic index almost zero. That means your blood sugar levels will remain intact," says nutritionist and author of The Healthiest meals on Earth, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.
Three types of sugar, fructose (natural sugar in fruits and vegetables), sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar), together form the sweetener-low whey this.
If a stand-alone, sucrose and lactose are full of calories. When combined together with fructose, they will be fused into sweetener that is not fully absorbed by the body. As a result, only four calories by one teaspoon.
Whey low glycemic index less than one-third owned sugar. Similar sweeteners low whey granular sugar is sugar, brown sugar, maple sugar and confectioners sugar.
"Creator whey low once said, the interaction of three types of sugar it produces a sweet taste that is full but fewer calories. We've tested this and it seems promising," said Thomas Castonguay, Ph.D., associate professor of food science at the University of Maryland in College Park ,
It is a natural sugar alcohol and can be found in berries and corn. Xylitol has only 9 calories by one teaspoon and a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.
Xylitol also serves to prevent the bacteria that causes plaque attached to the teeth so as to prevent tooth decay. But if you eat too much can cause abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.
According to Bowden, xylitol can not be fully digested, that's why these sweeteners can keep blood sugar levels remain normal.
Agave is a plant used to make tequila drinks. Some types of agave mixed and become this liquid sweetener.
The benefits of agave nectar is still being debated. Agave nectar does not make your blood sugar soaring drastically, but more calories than regular sugar is 20 calories per teaspoon.
There are also experts who still doubt the womb fruktosa, are the same as in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is proven to cause increased rates of obesity.
The limit is, we all can consume a little sweetener in our daily lives. But if you eat too much cake or snack, even if the food was wearing a sugar substitute, you remain at risk who eat processed foods that are not good for health.