Sugars and Sweeteners

Sugars and sweeteners can be divided into two groups:

Sweeteners with caloric value – this group includes fructose, corn syrup, fruit juices, honey, dextrose and maltose. These sweeteners are not a better choice than regular sugar and do not help balance the blood sugar levels. Fructose, despite the fact that it raises the blood sugar levels less than sucrose, is not recommended as it is related to fat level disorders in the blood. There is a difference between the natural fructose found is fruit and vegetables and artificial fructose.

Another group of sweeteners with caloric value are alcohol sugars – sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol. These sugars have less caloric value and should be a part of your daily consumption. Too much sugar alcohol sugars can cause diarrhea.

Sweeteners without caloric value – this group includes saccharin, and aspartame. These sweeteners have been approved by the FDA. The daily recommendation for diabetics is considerably lower than the standard recommended dose.