There has been a lot of discussion about sugar over the last generation or two. People realized that we are in the habit of eating too much sugar, and encouraged everybody to cut back. Often people tried to replace at least some of their sugar intake with artificial sweeteners, but these proved controversial, often linked to health problems. It seemed there was no easy answer.
The sugar substitutes:
Also sold a Nutrasweet, this has been linked to all sort of allergies and other health problems, none of which are yet proven true or false. But was is known is that aspartame cannot be used for cooking because it breaks down with heat, and while this does not make it unsafe it does take away the sweetness.
This is reasonably natural, being extracted from a plant. But processed versions of stevia can contain harmful chemicals. And even the pure, natural version can affect blood pressure.
Stevia can be used for some types of baking, though the amounts are different to sugar.
Organic stevia may be a good option for healthy people providing that they don’t have an allergic reaction.
Another sweetener obtained from a plant. This is actually as a sugar substitute in some cooking recipes, though it will never caramelize like sugar so not all recipes are possible.
But xylitol had about half the calories of sugar, so it is an improvement but not be a huge amount.
Xylitol actually benefits our teeth.
Sugar is at least natural. It even occurs in fruit and other foods that are a necessary part of our diet. It is not harmful in moderate amounts; in fact it is necessary. But the critics do have a very good point, we eat far too much sugar in the modern diet.
We should keep the amount of sugar in our system to a minimum, and remove it from our teeth by drinking more water and brushing our teeth.
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