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Please, is there an alternative to agave nectar? I live in Brazil and can't find it! Feel free to use honey or even maple syrup. I do prefer xylitol.
I use it sparingly because it can sometimes cause a little bloating when you first start using it but I too prefer not to use sugar and would rather not eat empty calories. Xylitol has been around since WWII and dentists love it. It tastes just like sugar too. I am going to have to give this a try! Good thing caramel is only one of my favorite things in the world! This is so cool, I need to try it. It seems like my favorite option for consumption on any post is with a spoon ;.
We must be related. Isn't the best way to eat anything is on a spoon? I just happen to have a bag of Xylitol at home. I'm glad your bag of xylitol will be put to tasty use! Add some cream and it's even better. Can use honey as well. Thank you so much for the advice and for trying me recipe! I can not tell you how much that means to me. I quit using agave syrup because I have read that it is basically just like high fructose corn syrup.
Not sure if that's true or not Probably best to avoid it Thanks again for the info! I love hearing from you. But that's so interesting about it being like high frustose corn syrup! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Can't wait to try this with honey. I would avoid agave nectar like the plague and go with honey if it works.
Setting aside the corn industry propaganda since we can all agree it is ridiculous, the way fructose is metabolized, it is immediately sent to fat stores instead of entering the muscles first, and the byproducts formed are the same as that of drinking alcohol.
No room here for specific citations but if you search mercola. Wow, what an awesome idea! I love caramel but don't like the way sugar makes me feel, so this is a great alternative. I've never had xylitol before, but I'm a huge fan of stevia. Do you prefer one over the other? Thank you so much, Mandiee! You are so sweet. I LOVE both stevia and xylitol. I think xylitol tastes better and can be used for more things, but the problem with it is that you need to know how much you can tolerate.
If you eat more than your limit, your stomach will not be happy with you. Also, in a raw state, xylitol is very granular, for better or for worse. I hope this helps! However I thought that agave syrup, like rice syrup were sugars So could you explain what sugary substances are "allowed" in sugar free diet please stevia forexample?
It would help me a lot. Thanks, And I need to find some Xylitol now! You are so sweet, and thank you so much for the question!
I am not officially on a "sugar free" diet, nor am I an expert on the subject, but I will tell you what I know and what I've been doing.
First off, going sugar free is such a wonderful thing to do for Lent! I don't eat artificial sweetners, but I do eat xylitol and stevia in moderation they can cause stomach problems consumed in large amounts. I am under the impression that things like agave, maple syrup, rice syrup, and honey WERE allowed because they weren't technically sugar, and some have a lower glycemic index.
So if you are going sugar free for the sake of going sugar free, then I THINK you are free to eat the syrups, again, in moderation. But if you are doing sugar free for health reasons, then I'm not sure if I would eat the syrups. I eat a mostly sugar free diet as a result of eating low carb, but I don't really go way out of my way to avaoid all kinds of sugar, as long as whatever I'm eating doesn't have too many carbs. But really, I personally, do NOT eat things like agave or maple syrup almost at all because they are very carby and sugary, even if they aren't considered sugars.
Okay, this is a monster comment. I hope it helps! If you have any other quesions or just want to chat, just email me at foodiefiasco gmail.
Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for clearing some things up. Actually I thought it would be worst than that, but I have got the motivation and it is only 5 weeks so The hardest is to bake and cook because for example my soy cream has sugar in it erf! But besides that I am okay. And I will for sure go back to normal afterward, but for now then I just keep it really strict.
Although I do it not because I am sick but because I want to, after what you wrote I think I will juste keep away the things that can increase my glycemic level like syrups and will stay with my dried fruits and fruits. Thank you Have a nice day too. Maybe this will aid your decisions as well.
The reason to avoid sugar in the first place is the effect it has on your insulin levels. This is what stresses out your pancreas eventually resulting in diabetes and what gives you unstable blood sugar resulting in highs and sugar crashes, making you more hungry for the quick acting stuff more sugar to get your blood sugar back up.
So the question you want to ask when evaluating what sweeteners may be safe when trying to avoid sugar, is what is the effect on my insulin. Agave, rice syrup, all that stuff is still straight sugar, just not from sugar cane or sugar beets.
Xylitol, erythritol, aspartame, stevia, all the other stuff ending in -tol are not sugar at all, they just taste sweet and some like my favorite xylitol have more or less of the physical characteristics of sugar making them useful in faked goods. To determine which is which, look at the label on the sweetener. Purely for reference point, Atkins encourages only 20 net grams of carbohydrate a day for most effective weight loss.
So by that standard, if the label has a lot of carb, it is sugary and if it doesn't, it isn't. The label will mention sugar alcohols if there is any. Subtract that number from total carbs to reach your net carbs. Those are the things that have no sugar per se. The only question after you've figured out what to avoid on a SF diet, is the safety of the sweetener in other regards. No matter what Monsanto says, aspartame seems really really questionable for a host of other reasons and is by many anecdotes, quite addictive.
I imagine the more compromised the individual, the more problems it can cause. That might be why the studies are inconclusive although so many people are so passionately positive that it is the worst stuff on earth. Thank you so much for all this wonderful information, Joshua! This truly is fascinating, and I'm so grateful that such an expert is sharing knowledge with me. You're the one that figured out how to make caramel from the stuff.
Your expertise is pretty useful in my book. Agave will cause bigger spikes in blood sugar than almost anything--and it is very processed. Just thought you might want to know it is not a natural sugar like maple, and honey.
Agave would not be a good choice for someone on a sugar free diet. Speaking as a diabetic that thought it was a good sugar--then I learned it was Not. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, Shonnie! It's so interesting to know more about the ingredients I work with, although I porbably won't be working wth agave anymore. How this almost calorie-free? Xylitol has 10 calories per teaspoon.
Fewer than sugar, yes, but not calorie-free. Hi Allison, and thank you so much for the question! I feel very badly for not discussing this in a post sooner, but you really brought up a good point. I made a mistake. I have a package of xylitol that says zero calories on it, and I just took it for face value without doing more research.
It is more stable in somewhat acidic conditions, such as in soft drinks. Though it does not have a bitter aftertaste like saccharin, it may not taste exactly like sugar. When eaten, aspartame is metabolized into its original amino acids. Because it is so intensely sweet, relatively little of it is needed to sweeten a food product, and is thus useful for reducing the number of calories in a product. The safety of aspartame has been studied extensively since its discovery with research that includes animal studies, clinical and epidemiological research, and postmarketing surveillance ,  with aspartame being one of the most rigorously tested food ingredients to date.
In the United States , the Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of cyclamate in after lab tests in rats involving a Lead acetate sometimes called sugar of lead is a toxic artificial sugar substitute made from lead that is solely of historical interest because of its widespread use in the past, such as by ancient Romans. Lead acetate was abandoned as a food additive throughout most of the world after the high toxicity of lead compounds became apparent.
Mogrosides , extracted from monk fruit and commonly called luo han guo , are recognized as safe for human consumption and are used in some commercial products in the United States. Apart from sugar of lead used as a sweetener in ancient through medieval times before the toxicity of lead was known , saccharin was the first artificial sweetener and was originally synthesized in by Remsen and Fahlberg.
Its sweet taste was discovered by accident. It had been created in an experiment with toluene derivatives. A process for the creation of saccharin from phthalic anhydride was developed in , and, currently, saccharin is created by this process as well as the original process by which it was discovered.
It is to times as sweet as sugar sucrose and is often used to improve the taste of toothpastes, dietary foods, and dietary beverages. The bitter aftertaste of saccharin is often minimized by blending it with other sweeteners. Fear about saccharin increased when a study showed that high levels of saccharin may cause bladder cancer in laboratory rats. In , Canada banned saccharin due to the animal research. In the United States, the FDA considered banning saccharin in , but Congress stepped in and placed a moratorium on such a ban.
The moratorium required a warning label and also mandated further study of saccharin safety. Subsequent to this, it was discovered that saccharin causes cancer in male rats by a mechanism not found in humans.
At high doses, saccharin causes a precipitate to form in rat urine. This precipitate damages the cells lining the bladder urinary bladder urothelial cytotoxicity and a tumor forms when the cells regenerate regenerative hyperplasia.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer , part of the World Health Organization , "Saccharin and its salts was [sic] downgraded from Group 2B, possibly carcinogenic to humans, to Group 3, not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans, despite sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity to animals, because it is carcinogenic by a non-DNA-reactive mechanism that is not relevant to humans because of critical interspecies differences in urine composition.
In , the United States repealed the warning label requirement, while the threat of an FDA ban had already been lifted in Most other countries also permit saccharin, but restrict the levels of use, while other countries have outright banned it.
The EPA has officially removed saccharin and its salts from their list of hazardous constituents and commercial chemical products. In a 14 December release, the EPA stated that saccharin is no longer considered a potential hazard to human health.
Stevia has been widely used as a natural sweetener in South America for centuries and in Japan since It has zero glycemic index and zero calories,  and it is becoming popular in many other countries. In , the FDA issued a ban on stevia because it had not been approved as a food additive, although it continued to be available as a dietary supplement. In Australia, the brand Vitarium uses Natvia, a natural stevia sweetener, in a range of sugar-free children's milk mixes. The world's most commonly used artificial sweetener,  sucralose is a chlorinated sugar that is about times as sweet as sugar.
It is produced from sucrose when three chlorine atoms replace three hydroxyl groups. It is used in beverages, frozen desserts, chewing gum, baked goods, and other foods. Unlike other artificial sweeteners, it is stable when heated and can therefore be used in baked and fried goods.
Discovered in , the FDA approved sucralose for use in Most of the controversy surrounding Splenda , a sucralose sweetener, is focused not on safety but on its marketing. It has been marketed with the slogan, "Splenda is made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar. With either base sugar, processing replaces three oxygen-hydrogen groups in the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms.
The "Truth About Splenda" website was created in by The Sugar Association , an organization representing sugar beet and sugar cane farmers in the United States,  to provide its view of sucralose. In December , five separate false-advertising claims were filed by the Sugar Association against Splenda manufacturers Merisant and McNeil Nutritionals for claims made about Splenda related to the slogan, "Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar".
French courts ordered the slogan to no longer be used in France, while in the U. There are few safety concerns pertaining to sucralose  and the way sucralose is metabolized suggests a reduced risk of toxicity.
For example, sucralose is extremely insoluble in fat and, thus, does not accumulate in fatty tissues; sucralose also does not break down and will dechlorinate only under conditions that are not found during regular digestion i.
Sugar alcohols, or polyols , are sweetening and bulking ingredients used in manufacturing of foods and beverages. Sorbitol , xylitol and lactitol are examples of sugar alcohols also known as polyols. For the sweeteners approved as food additives, the ADIs in milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day are: The sweetnesses and energy densities are in comparison to those of sucrose.
Numerous reviews have concluded that outcomes from weight gain and non-nutritive sweetener usage remain inconsistent and inconclusive. A review found that there is no evidence that non-caloric sweeteners cause metabolic disorders in humans. A review of the literature found that there was no clear evidence for a link between the use of artificial sweeteners and an increased risk of cancer.
A review found that although there are reports of a couple of studies signifying increased risks of cancer through the use of sugar substitutes ie. An extensive array of studies ie.
A review found that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that replacing dietary sugar with non-caloric sweeteners alone is beneficial for energy balance, weight loss, or diabetes risk factors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Sugar free disambiguation and Sweetener disambiguation. This section needs additional citations for verification.
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