Living Healthy With Diabetes

10 Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Substitutes

Are honey, agave nectar, or high-fructose corn syrup healthier than table sugar? And what about artificial sweeteners? To help you decide, here’s the real deal on 10 common sweeteners.
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Agave nectar

Calories: 20 per teaspoon
Found in: Cereals, yogurts, tea

The deal: The nectar is a product of the agave cactus, and its taste and texture are similar to honey.

It doesn’t contain as many antioxidants as honey, but it contains approximately the same amount of calories. Agave, however, is sweeter than sugar, so proponents suggest you can use less to get similar sweetness.

It contains more fructose than table sugar, which, according to a recent study, means it is less likely to cause a spike in blood sugar but could be more likely to reduce your metabolism and insulin sensitivity.

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