Healthy Eating
September 17, 2018 By Alyssa Schwartz
 Sugar substitutes

To crib a line from Shakespeare, would sugar by any other name taste as sweet—or be as bad for your health? Given all the alternative sweeteners on the market, this is a question you may have asked yourself. You may also be curious about the nutritional benefits and safety of these sugar stand-ins—especially if you are trying to limit the amount of added sugar in your diet.

Sugar can quickly raise blood sugar levels, while eating too much can lead to weight gain and the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese—a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other conditions. The World Health Organization recommends that everyone limit added sugars to less than 10 per cent of their total daily calorie consumption. With that recommendation in mind, sweeteners that contain few or no calories and do not cause the same rapid blood sugar increase may seem like an attractive alternative.

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