There are both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to selecting a sugar substitute. You should know that the best sugar substitute for you depends on your health, any medical problems you may have such as diabetes, your taste preferences and the advice of your doctor. There are certainly plenty to choose from. In this article we will briefly go over the advantages and disadvantages of popular sugar substitutes.
Aspartame is known by the brand name Nutra Sweet. It is commonly used to sweeten cold beverages like tea and soft drinks. One disadvantage to aspartame is that you cannot use it to bake with. It is best reserved for cold foods and drinks.
The most popular brand of saccharine is Sweet N Low. Saccharine is an effective sugar substitute but has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Although these effects were not proven on humans, many people have decided to avoid this type of sugar substitute.
Sugar Twin is the most popular brand of cyclamate, the sugar substitute used by the Weight Watchers program. It is many times more sweet than real sugar, so use caution. On average a packet of cyclamate is ten times as sweet as the same amount of sugar.
The most popular form of sucralose is Splenda. Splenda can actually be used just like sugar when baking. This means you do not need to adjust the recipe. However because sucralose itself is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar if you use a different brand measuring will be difficult.
Stevia is considered by many to be one of the best sugar substitute products because it is natural. This herb is in the same family as the Chrysanthemum. It provides a very sweet taste for foods and beverages and does not have many of the same drawbacks as artificial sweeteners.
Some sugar substitutes have side effects, you can read about them here.