So you need a sugar free honey substitute to put mix with your lemons huh? Something to put on your cheerios that won't kill you? (If you're diabetic)
Well the following is the top 3 honey alternatives that are available today.
Keep in mind that I'm not so much reviewing these for taste as much as I am reviewing them for safety (and whether they can hurt you in any way).
Like every product on this page, this brand tastes really good.
So what about safety?
Well there are two concerns here. The first is that this product is sweetened with Maltitol.
Maltitol is a natural sugar alcohol. And although that sounds good and fine, there are some problems with it.
It cannot be absorbed by your body.
So what does your body do with it? Well it simply runs through it. That being said, even the slightest over consumption of it will give you some bad bouts of bloating, cramps, and diarrhea.
I don't know if you would call that "Safe", but I generally try to avoid diarrhea, if I can.
The other problem with this product is Acesulfame K.
Acesulfame K is an artificial sweetener. Although it was approved for use by the FDA, there are still some major health concerns surrounding it.
Dr H.J. Roberts states:
Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given.
So you can see how that might be a problem for you. I do not recommend you use this product as a honey substitute.
Nature's hollow brand is a fairly decent sugar free honey substitute.
The only small problem with it, is that it is sweetened with Xylitol.
Now just like maltitol (Which I mentioned above), it can end up giving you diarrhea, cramps, and bloating if you eat too much of it.
The good thing is that the amount you can eat is much greater than other sugar alcohols (Such as sorbitol), and you can even train your body to accept more of it (If you start with small doses, and slowly increase the dosage).
So technically this product is safe for you, but I recommend you be very careful with it and monitor your intake of the stuff to avoid nasty side-effects.
I recommend the product, but only with careful attention.
Last but not least, we have Torani's brand.
Agave Nectar is technically not a honey, but is a syrup.
But you can use it just like honey.
Agave Nectar comes from the Agave Cactus plant, and is easily the safest sugar substitute I have ever found.
In fact, Agave Nectar is good for you (If you are using it over Sugar).
It ranks very low on the Glycemic index (27, while less than 55 is safe for diabetics), tastes incredible, and can be used to sweeten just about anything (Including your Sugar Free Dessert Recipes)
I personally use this product every single day, and I recommend that you do as well!
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