The average American consumes a whopping 20 teaspoons of sugar per day—more than twice the USDA-recommended amount. The next time a recipe calls for white cane sugar, consider one of these low-glycemic alternatives.
Powder derived from the sugar alcohol in pears, grapes, and melons.
Low cal (0.2 calories per gram)
FDA approved as a sweetener
High doses can cause stomach upset
Use an equal amount to replace sugar in any recipe
Look for it as Zsweet
Powder or liquid extract from the leaves of the South American stevia (Stevia rebaudiana bertoni) plant.
200 times sweeter than cane sugar
Can have a bitter aftertaste
FDA-approved as a dietary supplement only
Great for baking; try it in brownies and fudge
1 teaspoon pure stevia extract is as sweet as 1 cup of sugar
Powder derived from the sugar alcohol in plums, strawberries, and raspberries.
Helps prevent tooth decay by inhibiting bacteria
40 percent fewer calories than sugar; same sweetness
High doses (30 grams per day) may cause stomachaches