I can resist everything except temptation – Oscar Wilde

Sweet taste is a temptation many yield to. Discover the way to turn it into something not completely unhealthy!

Some people love their coffee or tea to be sweet. Since we know that sugar is not our best friend, it’s good to know what kind of sweetener to use for your drink: natural sugars, natural sweeteners, or maybe even artificial sweeteners (so called non-nutritive sweeteners). Many people try to avoid artificial sweeteners, as they have a bad reputation. They still prefer sugar. But is sugar the best choice? Have a look at the chart below, which shows a comparison of sugar and natural sweeteners that are typically used to sweeten coffee or tea.

All nutrient values per 20g (5 teaspoonful).

Nutrients unit Sucrose Honey Maple syrup
Water g 0 3.42 6.48
Energy Kcal 77 61 52
Protein g 0 0.06 0.01
Total lipid g 0 0 0.01
Carbohydrate g 20 16.48 13.41
Fiber g 0 0 0
Sugars total g 19.96 16.42 12.09
Calcium mg 0 1 20
Iron mg 0.01 0.08 0.02
Magnesium mg 0 0 4
Phosphorus mg 0 1 0
Potassium mg 0 10 42
Sodium mg 0 1 2
Zinc mg 0 0.04 0.29
Vitamin C mg 0 0.1 0
Vitamin B1 mg 0 0 0.013
Vitamin B2 mg 0 0.008 0.254
Vitamin B3 mg 0.004 0.024 0.016
Vitamin B6 mg 0 0.005 0
Folate DFE µg 0 0 0
Vitamin B12 µg 0 0 0
Vitamin A, RAE µg 0 0 0
Vitamin A, IU IU 0 0 0
Vitamin E mg 0 0 0
Vitamin D (D2+D3) µg 0 0 0
Vitamin D IU 0 0 0
Vitamin K µg 0 0 0
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0 0 0.001
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0 0 0.002
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0 0 0.003
Cholesterol mg 0 0 0
Caffeine mg 0 0 0

Source: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/

The glycemic indexes of sucrose, honey, and maple syrup are all very similar. However, the variety of nutrients in honey and maple syrup makes them a much better choice (to use in moderation).

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