Sunday, March 15, 2015
Best and Worst Sweetners For Weight Loss
THE "REAL STUFF": CANE SUGAR(Table Sugar) Maple syrup Honey If eaten in excess it can make difficult to maintain a healthy weight. A small amount per day is a good approach. AGAVE A few teaspoons is fine. It is certainly not a sweetener for its health benefits. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP Treat it like other added sugars. Stick to the daily limits. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: ASPARTAME SUCRALFAME SACCHARIN ACESALFAME POTASSIUM there is not enough evidence to confirm that substituting artificial sweeteners for sugar is an effective weight loss strategy. A BETTER APPROACH Limit the amount of sugar instead of replacing sugary beverages and foods with artificial sweeteners. STEVIA The form used in packaged foods, beverages and packets is a highly processed and refined ingredient. It is not the straight plant extract. The FDA has not approved some forms of Stevia as food additives because of unresolved safety concerns. SUGAR ALCOHOLS SUGAR-FREE GUMS AND CANDIES Good option for diabetics, but in large amounts they can cause some gastrointestinal distress.