Many dieters world-wide are changing their diets by replacing sugar with sugar substitutes. The only problem is that most of them are more harmful to your body than the real thing, but there are some that are healthier than most.
Stevia With FOS
This substitute is a very sweet herb that comes from South America. It is available in a powder as well as a liquid and can be found at health-food stores. FOS stands for fructo-ogiliosaccharides, which promote healthy intestinal bacteria, also known as flora. The herb is very strong, so a little goes a long way.
Also known as birch sugar, this sugar substitute can be used for baking as well as sweetening beverages. Unlike table sugar it doesn’t cause the blood-sugar imbalances or yeast overgrowth in the body. There is no conclusive evidence to support the theory that it promotes bone health and prevents tooth decay. However, this product is not free of harmful effects. If you ingest too much there is a chance that you could experience gastrointestinal discomfort or diarrhea.
Single Blossom Honey and Agave Nectar
Both of these sugar substitutes are similar in nature and are low-glycemic. The best usage for these would be as a beverage sweetener. Unfortunately, both agave nectar and single blossom honey (e.g. red clover honey or orange blossom honey) are high in calories and carbohydrates, so use them sparingly.
Fructose, a natural sugar that’s found in fruits is available in a granulated form, much the same as regular sugar. Fructose is sweeter than regular sugar, so you will use less of it than table sugar. Studies have shown that eating lots of fructose, like what you find in sodas and beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, can raise the level of lipids in your body. This can cause heart disease, so you will want to stay away from the syrup and sweet processed food. As long as your dose of fructose comes from fruit or a few spoonfuls of granulated fructose used as sweetener in either your beverage or baking you will be fine.
This sugar substitute is made from three naturally occurring sugars: fructose, sucrose and lactose. When ingested alone the sugars are full of calories, but when blended together in Whey Low they mix in a way that keeps them from being fully absorbed by your body. Because of this, Whey Low has 1/4 fewer calories than sugar, as well as 1/3 of the glycemic index. This makes it so that you are less likely to lose your energy after consuming it. Whey Low comes in a similar form to granular sugar, maple sugar, brown sugar and confectioners’ sugar.
There are many alternatives to table sugar, though you should always read the labels and look into new substitutes before trying them. Many have been proven to cause harm to the human body.