What can I use instead of Sugar?

Stevia is the best sweetening alternative. This is a natural sweetener, it comes from the stevia plant which produces intensively sweet tasting substances called “steviol glycosides”. This is extracted from the leaf of the stevia plant which is very sweet. Stevia does not have an impact on your sugar/glucose levels. It’s very concentrated so alittle goes a long way. The Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni is a perennial plant that can reach 4 ft tall and is native of the highlands of central southeast South America covering portions of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. My favorite stevia product line is by Stevita. Their website is: http://stevitastevia.com/

Another alternative is Xylitol. This is a great alternative for baking and recipes since it substitutes almost equally for sugar in measuring amounts for a recipe. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. Xylitol is not actually a sugar, but a sugar alcohol. It differs from other sweeteners such as sorbitol, fructose and glucose because the xylitol molecule has five, instead of six, carbon atoms. Because xylitol is only slowly absorbed and partially utilized, a reduced calorie claim is allowed: 2.4 calories per gram or 40% less than other carbohydrates. Years of testing have confirmed that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. Xylitol use reduces tooth decay rates. Xylitol is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. Some of the best sources are fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce, hardwoods, and corn cobs.

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