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Some Must Know Facts About Natural Sweeteners

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Sweet herb Stevia rebaudiana

Sweet herb Stevia rebaudiana

Are you consuming too much sugar? Natural sweeteners can help break your sugar habit the healthy way.

Healthy living does not mean you have to give up sweets entirely; it just means you need to replace unhealthy refined sugars and artificial sweeteners with natural sweeteners.

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A sugar substitute is a food additive that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are produced by nature, and others produced synthetically. Those that are not produced by nature are, in general, called artificial sweeteners.

Low-calorie sweeteners are also called artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes or non-nutritive sweeteners. Artificial  sweeteners can wreak havoc with your weight, your appetite, your hormones. They have been known to stimulate your appetite, leading to overeating and weight gain.

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There is no sugar alternative, as there is no such thing as a “healthy” sugar. Sugar is sugar, whether it’s “organic,” or “unrefined,” or “all-natural,” or “raw,”. Your body really doesn’t know the difference between white table sugar, palm sugar, a piece of white bread or maple syrup or molasses. However, as some sweeteners don’t spike our blood levels, and some others have much more nutritional value than the white, refined stuff.

Here is a list of natural sweeteners:

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Stevia: All types of stevia are extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant, but some forms taste better than others.

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Honey: Honey has a low glycemic index, so adding it to your tea or yogurt won’t lead to energy-busting blood sugar drops later in the day.

blackstrap molasses

Blackstrap Molasses:  Molasses is the syrupy by-product of the process that turns sugar cane into refined white table sugar. Blackstrap molasses is rich in iron, potassium, and calcium.

coconut sugar

 

Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is made from the boiled, dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. Unlike other sweeteners, it still contains lots of sugar, so use sparingly.

There are no ideal sweeteners.   Only a small amount is needed when you use these sugar substitutes, as the sweetening power of most low-calorie sweeteners is at least 100 times more intense than regular sugar.

When you have diabetes, including sweets in your diet requires a lot of planning.  Here are some sweet tips:

  • Artificial sweeteners can be used in place of sugar in many foods, which will help lower the calorie and carbohydrate content, but these foods are nor necessarily  carb free, sugar free, or calorie free.
  • Always remember to check Nutrition Fact labels for the total carbohydrate and calories in your foods.
  • Eating foods made with nonnutritive sweeteners may help with weight loss— only if can  truly replace some of your caloric intake. But consider that a sweet piece of fruit has far more good-for-you.
  • Artificial sweeteners continue to be recognized as safe and are not known to cause either diabetes or weight gain.

White tablets and green leaves of natural sweetener stevia

100% Natural Substitute to Sugar & Artificial Sweetners with Zero Calories & Zero Carbohydrates and Zero Glycemic Index. Modern research has shown that stevia can help to balance blood sugar levels through an enhancement of insulin production. Balanced blood sugar levels in turn can help maintain stable energy levels, proper brain function while also reducing sugar cravings.

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Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute, and the most trusted natural sweet plants on Earth.Stevia is a green leaves with natural sweet taste. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking over all improved health by controlling blood sugar, preventing hypertension, treating skin disorders, preventing tooth decay and controlling Candida.

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