Is one kind of sweetener healthier than another?

October 24, 2013 | By | Comments (3)


Nope. All sugar, whether it’s brown, raw, honey, agave, coconut, or fruit juice concentrate, is a carbohydrate that contributes 4 calories per gram to your diet and little else besides sweet satisfaction.

Some people argue that sweeteners such as agave and honey are more natural and contain trace amounts of minerals. Truth is, those minerals won’t do you any good unless you eat a tremendous quantity of sweetener—and that won’t help at all.

Bottom line: Choose sugars for flavor.


  1. sPeeDeeBee

    Article makes no reference to glycemic index or other physiological impacts of sweeteners. Very limited perspective that effectively misinforms traders

    November 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  2. Tyra Hillsten

    This “article” is not well researched and makes me question the editorial integrity of Cooking Light. When you throw agave nectar into the mix you lose all credibility. It’s pretty common knowledge that its manufactured like high fructose corn syrup and your body processes it in a similar fashion (liver vs intestines). Please change this pin.

    October 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm
  3. exactlyerin

    Interesting! I had no idea! I get a ton of people that tell me, “NO! YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS SUGAR INSTEAD OF THAT!” Now I know it’s basically all the same except for the flavor! 🙂

    October 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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