7 Best and Worst Sugar Substitutes
A sugar substitute can help keep you in your skinny jeans, but it may be harming your health. Here's the scoop on the best -- and worst -- sugar substitutes
The Best No. 2: Agave nectarLooking for a sugar substitute not concocted in a test tube? This honey-like sweetener is made from the sap found in the core of the agave plant. It's sweeter than table sugar, so you can use less to get the same results, while at the same time boosting your RDA of vitamins and minerals: It has trace amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Agave nectar also has a lower glycemic index than table sugar (because of its high fructose count), so it won't cause a spike in blood sugar levels, says Alison Massey, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.
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