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Among many debates that keep raging among health professionals, everyone at least agrees on one thing – sugar is bad news.
This sneaky substance can be found in most processed foods. People use it frequently, if not on a daily basis, to sweeten anything that lacks flavor or is too bitter for our taste buds. So, what are your healthy alternatives? Let’s see which healthy sweeteners you can use to satisfy your sweet tooth without jeopardizing your pearly whites and your health!
This confusingly-named sugar-alcohol compound is in fact a perfect way to satisfy your sweet cravings. Compared to other sugars, it has about 40% fewer calories, and adds the following beneficial attributes to your health:
It lowers the levels of acidity in your mouth which helps prevent tooth decay and reduces plaque and its low-glycemic levels make it an excellent sugar substitute for diabetics.
Stevia, is a plant-based natural sweetener that has gained plenty of popularity, and for a good reason. Due to its calorie-free nature, it adds sweetness to your food without causing a surge of glucose into your bloodstream.
This sweetener makes an excellent substitute for diabetics, and its antioxidant content can help prevent pancreatic cancer.
Similarly to xylitol, this sweetener is also a sugar-alcohol compound. It is suitable for restrictive diets and diabetics as well, due to its low caloric density. It is also used in making toothpaste as it cannot be processed by harmful mouth bacteria, so it’s a perfect sweet method to fight tooth damage and decay.
It can be found it fruits, and today it can be produced and consumed both in crystal and liquid form, and as long as you use it within recommended guidelines, it’s perfectly safe!
One of the latest discoveries in the realm of sweetness, Yacon syrup is another plant-based dream-come-true for those who love sweets. And although it still needs to be researched to greater extent, results obtained thus far show that its high-fructooligosaccharide content serves as a great prebiotic for your digestive tract.
It has shown benefits for those who look to lose weight, since it can curb your appetite, and its taste can certainly help turn your sweet tooth into a less guilty of a pleasure.
As you’ve probably figured out by now based on the name, it’s one more sugar substitute that belongs to the friendly sugar-alcohols. Erythritol is the closest in sweetness to sugar (70%), while it only has 0.24 calories per gram, which is only 6% of the caloric density of sugar!
Due to its desirable content and stability, it’s slowly becoming one of the trendiest, and healthiest sugar substitutes out there. Much like its sugar-alcohol friends from this list, it doesn’t feed the bacteria in your mouth, making it a brilliant tooth-friendly choice.
Since an alarming number of Americans consume approximately 20 teaspoons of sugar per day, and the rest of the world is also crazy about this substance, this is a perfect opportunity to start considering healthy alternatives.
Making the right choice can have a long-term positive impact on your dental health and your overall wellbeing, so let’s make an effort to enjoy our sweet tooth in a healthy way!