I can resist everything except temptation – Oscar Wilde
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).
|Vitamin A, RAE||µg||0||0||0|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||0||0||0|
|Vitamin D (D2+D3)||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|
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).