Sugar, sweetener, stevia or sucralose?

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Sugar, sweetener, stevia or sucralose? The worldwide trend of sugar free treats has hit the markets and we are continuously looking for a healthier way to sweeten our coffee, tea and treats.

Nowadays, there are many different ways to make or bake something sugar free; whether you are using an au-natural sweetener like honey or something vegan like maple syrup. Substituting sugar with honey or maple syrup (that has a different consistency) isn't always practical when you bake.

Here are some useful healthy alternatives for your pantry:

Xylitol is one of the well-known healthier sweeteners that looks and tastes just like regular sugar but has 40% fewer kilojoules. Xylitol is well tolerated by the body, although some people get digestive side-effects. You can substitute sugar with a 1:1 ratio with Xylitol.

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Stevia is known to be 200-300 times sweeter than sugar but without any of the kilojoules! It can also be combined with other sweeteners like fructose to avoid the slight bitter taste.

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Sucralose is made from sugar and can be up to 600 times sweeter. This kilojoule free, high quality sweetener is used in small amounts.

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Last but not least, good old plain artificial sweetener (PnP Spoon for Spoon sweetener is a good choice) replaces sugar with a 1:1 ratio and is a great alternative in baking.

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Source: Pick n Pay Fresh Living Magazine, May 2017, Issue 106.

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