So many sweeteners, so little time!
When you start applying low carb principals to your eating habits one of the first things you are acutely aware of is that there no sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, corn syrup etc are permitted. We will not even go into a discussion of the carb counts in these items because it is just too darn scary! (Can you believe 200 g of carbs in one cup of sugar?! If you have one cupcake you stand to get at least 20 g of sugar carbs! That is a whole day if you are on Atkins Phase 1 ! And that is just the sugar!! Whew! I need to take a breath and calm myself! ) It is easy to see that traditional sweeteners are not gonna be living with us in Low Carb Land! The good news is there are many sweeteners available to us and the only question is to determine which products will work best for us in a different applications.
We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to non-sugar sweeteners available for us to use. That is a good thing for sure. However, it isn’t just enough to be no-sugar. There are other considerations to consider before choosing a product. What is the products use? Baking,? Sweetening beverages like tea or coffee? Liquid? Powdered? Granular? These are important questions because different products have different properties. Some are heat stable and some are not. Some products may not be suitable if we want a silky-smooth frosting etc. so we need to know how we intend to use a product.
This web page, Sugar and Sweetener Guide, will provide you with a long list of sweeteners, and their brand names. By clicking on the individual sweetener you will be taken to a page that gives in depth information on each. I highly recommend you take a few minutes and browse through the provided content.