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Are "natural" sweeteners really any healthier than sugar?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., August 31, 2012 - 11:27am

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Brierley asks: What’s your favorite sweetener and why?


Honey and maple syrup!


07/19/2016 - 2:08am

Stevia, (Rebiana) which you did not mention?


06/01/2015 - 2:59pm

Still trying to decide it. I guess for now it's granulated because I use it most. But I do use honey and agave. Where would stevia fall in this line up? I've been recently introduced to it.


04/24/2014 - 5:03pm

From my own research, and reading this article as well, I believe molasses is the most healthy. I have to my in it's use, however, since it has a unique strong flavour that is not loved by everyone. Trying to get into a more sugar-free zone......


02/06/2014 - 2:19pm

Stevia - but only the real kind. I can't help but want a boost of sweetness in my coffee in the morning, and a small dose of REAL stevia extract/powder (none of the major corporations seem to make the product without chemical or extracted binders - I find mine in the natural foods section), flax milk and/or coconut milk creamer make a great start to the day. All of the taste but none of the calories or glycemic spikes from table sugar or honey.


10/07/2013 - 1:44pm

Brierley, do you mind me asking why you didn't include stevia on your list?


09/30/2013 - 12:18pm

First off, the cups are excellent; heavy weghit cast stainless and very nicely finished, but these come out of the same Chinese factories that produce dozens of other brands under contract and you can get the same quality level for half this price if you're willing to give up the All-Clad name. If you must have this brand be aware of the marketing strategies at work here. This set from amazon is about $50 (at the time of this writing) and contains 5 cups of mixed sizes (1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, and 1 cup). A 4 cup set (available at Williams-Sonoma for $30) contains the 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 3/4 cup and 1 cup selection. W-S also carries a combo set for $39 that includes the 4 cups and the matching 4 measuring spoon set. Figure on about $9 W-S shipping and you're looking at 5 cups from amazon (how often are you going to use the 1/3 2/3 cup vs. the missing 3/4 cup size?) or 4 cups and 4 spoons from W-S. W-S also carries another set of the odd size cups and spoons as an add-on for $30.Trying to noodle through this made my head hurt so I got the CIA set instead and couldn't be happier, but do check out the sizes to know just what you're getting. This marketing strategy is becoming more prevalent and All-Clad seems to be in the forefront (if you're looking for high end mixing bowls . check out the sizes as well; sets from different retailers contain different sizes).


01/14/2013 - 11:28pm

Where is Stevia in this conversation?


10/25/2012 - 12:28pm

My favorite sweetener is suchero. It is a low glycemic all-natural sweetener, USDA certified organic. It is naturally sweet, and contains macro nutrients like potassium and inositol. My wife just baked raisin oatmeal cookies this afternoon using suchero, and it was delicious. I have to watch my sugar intake, and suchero just gave me a chance to still enjoy my wife's baking.


09/09/2012 - 9:19am

What about Stevia?


09/04/2012 - 2:15pm

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