Be Sweetener Smart

jar of honeyAll sweeteners simply put are NOT created equal. In fact, there are so many different types out there that it can all be quite confusing. The different types of sweeteners have variable things that make them good or bad. One thing that is important to consider is the glycemic index (GI) of them. This is crucial, as a high glycemic index diet can be extremely harmful to your health.

The glycemic index rates carbohydrate-containing foods by how much they boost blood sugar (blood glucose). According to an article in Harvard Health Publicationa diet with a high glycemic index is linked to all of the following:  increased risk of prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers; increased risk of breast cancer; and increased the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Find out how your favorite sweetener ranks on the GI: 

Stevia

GI: 0

This calorie-free sweetener is produced from the South American Stevia plant itself. A little goes a long way with this sweetener, as it is much more potent than regular table sugar. Making sure you are using 100% organic Stevia is important, as many brands are mixing this sweetener with other harmful chemicals and ingredients. Pure Stevia is carb and calorie free, giving it a GI of 0!

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