I was surfing the web today and found a very interesting article posted by MSN.com about the best and worst sweeteners to have in your kitchen and it said, in part:
“While sucralose“, “better known by its brand name, Splenda, may originate with sugar, the end product is anything but natural. It’s processed using chlorine, and researchers are finding that the artificial sweetener is passing through our bodies and winding up in wastewater treatment plants, where it can’t be broken down. Tests in Norway and Sweden found sucralose in surface water released downstream from treatment discharge sites. Scientists worry it could change organisms’ feeding habits and interfere with photosynthesis, putting the entire food chain at risk. “
Four of the Worst Artificial Sweeteners
There are more and more artificial sweeteners popping up on the market every day, but try to avoid these sweeteners at all cost.
- Acesulfame K
- Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin)
Which Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe?
The sweeteners the article mention that were okay to use were:
- Sugar alcohols
Stevia comes from the leaves of the stevia plant and is considered safe by most people. We will be hearing more and more about this healthy alternative to table sugar. In fact, the article points out, Coca-Cola and Pepsi have received the okay to start using Stevia in their products. How exciting!
When it comes to sugar substitutes, do your own research and go with what works best for your body. Some individuals even have problems with the above list because everyone is different and react differently.
“While honey does boast higher fructose levels, it also contains a bounty of cancer-defending antioxidants and local honey has been said to help alleviate allergy symptoms. Don’t limit raw honey’s use to your tea, either. Use it to speed healing on burns, and as a natural antiseptic on cuts and scrapes. Honey also has a low glycemic index, so adding it to your tea or yogurt won’t lead to energy-busting blood sugar drops later in the day.”
So, my dear readers, we have further proof of the amazing powers of the humble honey.
I hope the information contained in this article will help you find a safe substitute for sugar.