Sweet and natural
By Lisa Turner , Oct 30, 2009 7:03 PM
Source: Delicious Living magazine
Alternative sweeteners for your family—and how to use them
With adult and childhood obesity now a national concern, parents need to be on the lookout for processed sugars that sneak into family foods, from cereals to condiments.Refined sugar has no upside other than its flavor; it contains no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, and has a glycemic (GI) index of 65, which is high. (GI index measures how much your blood glucose increases after eating a particular food.) So the next time a recipe calls for sugar, experiment with one of these natural alternatives; some have fewer or even zero calories, or exert less impact on blood sugar. Keep in mind, however, that sugar in any form should be enjoyed sparingly.