Love it, Like it, Hate it: Coffee & Tea Sweeteners

Coffee and tea are loaded with antioxidants, but the wrong sweeteners can quickly turn these healthy drinks into the equivalent of sugar-laden dessert! In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst sweeteners for your favorite coffee or tea.

 

LOVE IT!

 

Swerve Sugar Replacer

  • Calories: 0 calories on label; contains 0 calories per packet or teaspoon
  • Ingredients: Erythritol, oligosaccharides (non-digestible carbs from fruits/vegetables), natural flavors
  • How to substitute for sugar: Measures cup-for-cup like sugar.

 

Truvia

  • Calories: 0 calories on label; contains 0 calories per packet or teaspoon
  • Ingredients: Erythritol, rebiana (stevia plant), natural flavors
  • How to substitute for sugar: ½ packet or 3/8 teaspoon of Truvia = 1 teaspoon of sugar

 

Sweetleaf Stevia

  • Calories: 0 |   Ingredients: Stevia, Inulin |   How to substitute for sugar: 1 packet = 2 teaspoons sugar

 

 

LIKE IT!

 

Honey sticks

  • Calories: 15 calories per stick | Ingredient: Pure honey

 

Unrefined sugar cube

  • Calories: 15 calories per cube | Ingredient: Natural cane sugar | How to substitute: 1 cube = 1 tsp sugar

 

Xylitol

  • Calories: 0   |  Ingredient: xylitol
  • Main drawback: even the smallest amounts can be toxic to dogs, causing hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure, even death. Is estimated to be 100x more toxic than chocolate to dogs.

 

Nectresse (from the maker of Splenda)

  • Calories: 0 calories stated on label; actually contains 3.58 calories per packet or ½ teaspoon
  • Ingredients: Erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract (luo han guo), molasses
  • How to substitute for sugar: ¼ teaspoon of Nectresse = one teaspoon of sugar; one packet of Nectresse = two teaspoons of sugar.

 

Naturals (from the maker of Equal)

  • Calories: 0 calories stated on label; contains 3.98 calories per packet
  • Ingredients: Fructose, monk fruit extract, Reb A (stevia extract)
  • How to substitute for sugar: One packet = one teaspoon sugar

 

 

HATE IT!

 

Artificial sweeteners: Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low), Aspartame (Equal), Sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame K

Raw sugar, Agave nectar, Coconut sugar – all are still considered “added” sugars.

Flavored coffee creamers – all are made with either added sugar or artificial sweeteners

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