Jennifer Sygo: From agave nectar to coconut sugar, sift through the specs of so-called natural sweeteners before settling

Interesting article on sweeteners – from natural to artificial

 

National Post | Life

In a world where nutrition trends are fuelled by celebrities and talk show hosts, the average person can feel like they’re in a fog when it comes to “the next big thing” in dietary advice. In that sense, the recent buzz about agave and coconut sugar is probably about as welcome as the return of fanny packs and acid-washed jeans. Can’t we just enjoy our flaxseeds and salmon for a while? Nope — because when it comes to the cult of health and wellness, the big wheels are always turning. So, to get you up speed on the lingo before your next lunch date with a Hollywood celebrity trainer, here’s a primer on some of the hot new sugar substitutes that are taking up shelf space in health food stores these days.

XYLITOL

Its story: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, derived from plant products, especially corn cobs and hardwood.
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