Sugar is sugar! Some are seen as ‘poison’ while others seem to be ‘the purest foods’ ever, this is highly exaggerated!
I put 6 of sweeteners that I’ve found and think are the most popular ones next to each other. They don’t differ a lot, except Golden Stevia what has 0 calories. The rest honey, table sugar, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave syrup contain fructose, glucose, and Sucrose. They all may provide a bit more vitamins and minerals compared to regular table sugar. However, this amount is negligible because you have to consume very high amounts of these sugars to enjoy the benefits of the vitamins and minerals. Besides that, it’s not a great idea to get your minerals and vitamins from sugar.
“In both adults and children, the intake of FREE SUGARS* should be reduced to less than 20% of total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% of total energy intake would provide additional health benefits.” These recommendations don’t apply to the consumption of sugar present in whole fresh fruits and vegetables because there’s no reported evidence linking the use of natural sugars to adverse health effects. [Source: World Health Organization]
*FREE SUGARS are those added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer AND sugar present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. So even sugar ‘naturally’ present in food are free sugars think of maple syrup, agave syrup, honey, etc. So nope not all ‘natural’ sugars are equal (for example honey vs fruit) INTRINSIC SUGARS are found in whole fresh fruits and vegetables which is the good stuff.
The conclusion is that honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar and so on are all classified as free sugar. Golden Stevia has a good taste, premium quality, Zero calories and perfect for cooking!
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