One of the most confusing things about trying to start eating healthier is sugar. There are so many different kinds out there! How do you know what’s good, what’s bad, and how to use it? I’ll try to touch on all of this little by little and let you know what I’ve learned. And I by no means am an expert in all things sugar. While I love it (a bit to much!) I have not tried all the natural sugar options out there! And there is so much research, so many opinions, I almost feel very uninformed when it comes to this topic. But I also know a lot of you out there are struggling with knowing what to use just like I have!
I’ll go through some of the most popular options out there real quick.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Corn Syrup
- Artificial Sweeteners (like nutrasweet and aspartame)
The One Step above bad-
- White Sugar
- Dark and light brown sugar (just white sugar with molasses added back in)
The Still Not Great-
- Organic regular sugar
- Evaporated Cane Juice
The Good, Natural ‘least refined’ Sugars
- Raw honey
- Maple Syrup
- Sorghum Syrup
- Rapadura and Sucanat
And while this is by no means a complete list, but I hope it gives you some insight on what you should be looking for in the stores!
Questions? Comments? What sweeteners do you love and use?