Sugar is addictive. It is also delicious. Most people have quite a bit of sugar in their daily diets. Event things that are marketed as "sugar-free" often times have other added sweeteners that are not the exact chemical composition as sugar-- so they can legally say "sugar-free" on the product label.
Event if sugar isn't on the label key words to look out for are:
Let's take a look at some of the trickier names for sugar
(NOTE** these are just other names for sugar, not all of them are necessarily bad!!!!):
Aspartame (in Equal)
fruit juice concentrate
Saccharin (in Sweet's'Low)
sucrose**sugar alcohols (AKA: sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol)
If you see anything ending in '--ose' its a pretty safe bet that the listed item is a sweetener.
Things that don't appear to be the better options:
acesulfame potassiumagave nectar
sucralose (in Splenda)
In comparison to sucrose (regular table sugar), honey doesn't come out too far ahead. Here is a summary of what I've found (from both research and personal experience)
- Honey has nutrients, HOWEVER the amount of nutrients in a serving is almost negligible.
- Honey has a higher calorie count per tablespoon, but the relatively higher fructose content makes it naturally sweeter. This means you could potentially use less honey to achieve whatever level of sweetness you desire.
- Though the nutrient content is fairly low, honey is full of antioxidants.