We all know how important it is to eat healthy, and getting kids to eat less sugar is a perfect way to start. Too much sugar can build up and can be stored as fat. There are alternatives to sugar that taste good and prevent the build up of fat.
Honey contains natural sugars such as fruit sugars. It is mainly comprised of fructose. Fructose does not build up as fat as it does not get stored anywhere in the body, instead it is used up as energy. It is actually glucose that can turn into fat, not fructose.
2) Agave nectar
This sweet liquid comes from plants and tastes a lot like mild maple syrup. Some say it tastes like honey. Agave nectar has glycosides and fructans. Glycosides are more easily broken down in the body than glucose. Fructans act like fiber so this can aid digestion and makes us feel more full. This is found in health shops.
Sucrose – Be warned sucrose is not really a sugar substitute. It is formed by fructose and glucose, however it can give us energy that lasts.
Acesulfame potassium – This is a man made sweetener. It has no calories and is much sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way.
Aspartame – Also a man made sweetener, but it is bad news as far as scientists are concerned so try to avoid this.
Saccharin (Also known as Sweet n low) – It has zero calories.
Sucralose (Also known as Splenda)- Sucralose is really a sugar, not a sweetener.
Truvia is an extract from the leaves of a plant called Stevia, which grows in South America. It is made of eight glycosides and has very little glucose. It also has health benefits as it has vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.
So which ones are the best to use? At the end of the day it’s down to you but my personal favorite is Agave nectar and Truvia because they both have health benefits. I have tried Truvia and it’s not too sweet. Agave nectar is sweeter.
Written by: Arti Chauhan