Before I stopped eating sugar, I did not eat artificial sweeteners. In my opinion, refined sugar is better than an artificial sweetener. Below, I will expand upon sweeteners I do and do not eat and my reasoning behind them. Please do not take anything in this article as medical or health advice. There is a lot of research done on the sweeteners listed below that you can look up and form your own opinion on.
Sweeteners I don’t eat
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is also known as Equal or NutraSweet. I find that foods containing aspartame give me headaches. As it is a synthetic chemical compound, I do not consider it clean.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup is basically sugar, but it is made from corn, which makes it a cheaper additive to sweetening foods. It is processed and therefore, not a clean sweetener.
Stevia is considered a natural sweetener because it is derived from the stevia plant. Many people think it is a safe sweetener because it comes from a plant. I do not like it because, like aspartame, it gives me headaches.
Sucralose is also known as Splenda. It is a very sweet artificial sweetener. It is chemically processed which is the main reason I do not eat it.
Sweeteners I do eat
Honey is my favorite sweetener. It contains anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. I purchase my honey from the local orchard.
100% maple syrup is basically boiled down sap from sugar maple trees. It is a delicious and natural sugar.
Organic Cane Sugar/Juice
Cane sugar/juice is less refined and less processed than white sugar. It is a natural sweetener made from sugar cane. I do not cook or bake with it, but I will indulge in foods that contain it such as granola bars or organic chocolate products. It is cleaner than sugar, but still not a 100% clean option, so I do not eat it all the time.