The healthiest sweetener

What is the healthiest sweetener?

Sweeteners are an essential part of practically any cuisine. After all, in all traditions and cultures people enjoy the sweet taste of a good cake or a dessert. Sweeteners are usually simple carbs and don’t provide the body with any essential nutrients. However, if you had to use only one sweetener in the dessert you are making, what should it be? Which is the healthiest sweetener? Is it agave nectar, blackstrap molasses, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, date sugar, dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, raw cane sugar, plain old sugar, or turbinado sugar? There are two sweeteners that have some significant nutrition, while the rest are pretty much a wash.

To know the answer and learn more, watch this 5 minute video:




Video courtesy of Dr. Michael Greger and


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