Don’t use these sweeteners
I don’t know about you, but I have a sweet tooth. But sweeteners in the market won’t be on my cart. The Safe Shopper’s Guide says that Aspartame can be used sparingly but Cyclamates used as a sweetener in Canada has been shown to have risks of carcinogenicity. Do not use them.
Saccharin used as a sweetener in the United States in soft drinks and table sweeteners such as Sweet’n Low, is carcinogenic. Do not use it.
The best sweeteners it tells us are: molasses (blackstrap) brown sugar, and honey.
The most nutritious natural sweeteners also happen to be lowest in calories! One such is blackstrap molasses which contains forty-three calories per tablespoon and provides small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, vitamin B-6, phosphorus, and copper.
Compare this to white sugar, which has forty-six calories per tablespoon and provides virtually no nutritional value! Dark brown sugar contains fifty-two calories and provides tiny amounts of calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Honey has sixty-four calories, the most of any of the common natural sweeteners, and provides bare traces of vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, and copper. Corn syrup contains fifty-seven calories and provides small amounts of iron and copper.
Another lesser known sweetener is Stevia, the plant that is almost sixty times sweeter than sugar! It is now available everywhere. Try it!