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Are natural sweeteners healthier? Types

Sweetener is understood to be that additive or chemical capable of providing or providing a sweet taste to the food that contains it , an ...

Sweetener is understood to be that additive or chemical capable of providing or providing a sweet taste to the food that contains it , an additive that, incidentally, has gained in importance in the last decade by the increase in the consumption of the products foods called “light”.

There are different types of sugar whose consumption will depend directly on the nutritional needs of each. For example, because people with diabetes should not consume excess sugar, the best option is to choose different natural sweeteners  that do not contain a high glycemic index.

Are natural sweeteners healthier?  Types

Nor should we forget the daily quantities of sweetener that can be eaten every day at most, so that it is always advisable not to exceed 10 tablets per day .

What are natural sweeteners?

Due to the fact that they are denominated as  natural sweeteners, it is very common to identify them as being healthier, but although they contain more vitamins and minerals, their energy supply is still very high, so its effect on our body is equally unhealthy.

As we will see,  basically they are sweeteners that come from nature and have not undergone any kind of transformation or refining. Therefore, they maintain their essential nutrients and their sweetening power tends to be higher, compared to white sugar.

Types of Natural Sweeteners

Fructose

It is the sugar found in fruits and honey, constituting as a natural option something sweeter than sucrose but with the same caloric intake (4 calories per gram).

It is not advisable to use it in large doses because it is a sweetener capable of raising levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol .

Are natural sweeteners healthier?  Types

Honey

The honey becomes one of the most consumed sweetener, although its consumption is not recommended for people with diabetes because of its high energy value (300 calories per 100 grams).

It is a one hundred percent natural sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers , so depending on the type of flower from which it is made, it is common to find different types of honey: milflores, rosemary, spruce, lavender …

It contains a mixture of other sugars, in addition to essential amino acids and enzymes, which is why it is not appropriate to heat it to avoid destroying its beneficial enzymes.

He is credited with numerous benefits and qualities. However, as Julio Basulto says, honey “has very few nutrients and its supposed medicinal properties have not been proven” (La Vanguardia), so it is advisable to moderate their consumption.

Stevia

It is a type of natural sweetener that is obtained from a shruband is constituted as a sweetener with a more potent sweetener power than white sugar (10 to 300 times sweeter).

But it does not provide just calories, hence its great nutritional advantage.

Agave syrup

We are faced with a type of natural sweetener that has become popular in recent years, especially by its increase in consumption by vegetarians and vegans. Therefore, it is very easy to find it in specialized herbalists and stores.

Are natural sweeteners healthier?  Types

It is a nectar that is extracted from the agave , a plant of Mexican origin that looks like cactus or cassava. It is also known as  agave honey and stands out from a nutritional point of view for being low in calories and very rich in fructose, so that its sweetening power is higher than white sugar.

However, that does not mean that it is healthy, simply that it has a lower glycemic index and a lower energy intake, but its sugar content is similar.

Maple syrup

Also known as  maple syrup or  maple syrup , we are faced with a sweetener that is obtained  from the sap of the maple , be it from the sugar maple, the black maple or the red maple.

It is very common to use sweeten crepes or gropesand years ago the so-called  diet of maple syrup appeared , a type of diet very popular but considered dangerous by many nutritionists to cause imbalances and deficits of vitamins.

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