By Mackenzie Burgess, RDN of TheRDLink.com
There are so many different types of sweeteners nowadays, it can be hard to keep up with them all. From sugar to honey to monk fruit, you may have a number of questions. Which sweeteners affect blood sugar? Which ones have calories? Which ones are better for us? Let’s break it down.
Let’s start with the basics… sugar. You’ll find traditional sugar in everything from cereals, to yogurt, to baked goods. It can take on many names, but it’s typically called cane sugar or corn syrup on nutrition labels.
While sugar is something that can certainly be enjoyed in moderation, it’s important to keep in mind the recommended intake. The American Heart Association suggests keeping our added sugar intake to less than 25 grams for women per day, and less than 36 grams for men per day. To put that in perspective, one 12-ounce can of soda contains 39 grams of sugar! If you find yourself getting too much added sugar in your diet, consider healthy swaps like naturally sweetened fruits or zero calorie substitutes.
You’ll also see sugar substitutes like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave. While these may contain a bit more vitamins and minerals than table sugar, they’re all still forms of added sugar. That means even if you choose to use these sweeteners over sugar, it’s important to keep the portions in mind.
Zero Calorie Artificial Sweeteners
Common artificial sweeteners are sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), and aspartame (Equal). You’ll find these in many products like diet sodas, coffee syrups, protein powder, and light yogurt.
Since artificial sweeteners contain zero calories and zero carbs, they will not spike blood sugars, which can be helpful for those with diabetes. However, these sweeteners are heavily chemical based and some research suggests these sweeteners may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Low Calorie Natural Sweeteners
Finally, there’s another class of low or zero calorie sweeteners that are considered more natural sweeteners. ou may have heard of allulose, stevia, and monk fruit. All three are derived from plants and are 150 to 400 times sweeter than sugar. Like artificial sweeteners, these sweeteners have little to no effects on blood sugar.
Some report allulose and stevia having a bitter aftertaste or causing digestive issues. Luckily, monk fruit has little to no aftertaste and digestive side effects are rare.
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