What to Look For & Understand
Given the facts, choose the sugar that is best for you. While brown sugar and sugar in the raw may be less refined, they still pack calories. While zero-calorie artificial sweeteners may help you lose weight, they may also trigger harmful side effects. Stevia, nectars and honey derive from a more natural source, and also have beneficial mineral and vitamin properties. The downside? Fructose found items such as agave nectar are more difficult for your liver to process.
Artificial sweeteners (including Stevia) will not cause tooth decay or have an effect on blood sugar levels. They can be helpful to those who have or are at risk for diabetes.
Fact: Foods labeled "no sugar added" or "sugar-free" usually contain artificial sweeteners. Additionally, always look at the first few ingredients listed on a food product label to determine what types of sugar have been used (high fructose syrup, corn syrup, etc.).
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