So although I am NOT diabetic, my blood sugar is greatly effected when ingesting high amounts of sucrose. First, let me tell you that I really LOVE your blog, who help me eating in a healthier way. HI Blandine, It is healthier than using white table sugar because it is less refined and it contains minerals and vitamins that are not in white table sugar.
Just a query – I was under the impression that sucrose is simply half glucose & half fructose anyway? I believe yes from what I’ve read, the glucose is immediately absorbed in the body which causes the quick rise in the blood stream.
I love maple syrup but confine my use of it as an ingredient in main dish recipes that contain protein, like chicken or pork.
I have really enjoyed reading your blog since I made the decision to try (with mixed success) to reduce the amount of refined sugar I eat. I haven’t but I will do some research to get more info and then make a decision about whether to avoid that as well.
Sucrose is a disaccharide that is broke down into its constituent monosaccharides in the body: fructose and glucose in equal parts. Stick to whole fruits and vegetables and limit your intake of any added sweeteners (including honey or maple syrup) and you will be fine. Between the two forms the overall sugars are very close, within 1% with maple being slightly better but the real difference is only if you believe limiting fructose itself is just as important as limiting all sugars. I had always used honey and still do once in while, but not for any recipes I eat regularly. I generally avoid having any product regularly where the quantity of fructose is higher (even slightly higher) than the glucose (e.g honey) due to fructose malabsorption.
Fortunately I have been thrilled to find maple syrup actually tastes more amazing in smoothies than honey anyway. The bottom line is that the healthiest sweetener (maple syrup or honey) will depend on how it affects the individual and this will be different from person to person.
Children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages consume more calories than other children and the beverages are the main reason for that higher calorie intake, a new study reveals.

In addition, children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages eat more unhealthy foods than other children, the researchers found.
Further analysis revealed that sugar-sweetened beverages were the primary cause of the increased calorie intake seen among children aged 2 to 11. He said the findings suggest that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with consumption of foods with high levels of calories.
All the information I have learned over the years of being sugar free I have learned through reading and my own personal experience.
I would encourage you to read this heartfelt note to Kelly The Kitchen Kop in response to her recommending maple syrup for those with diabetes.
When my blood sugar is effected I am irritable, angry, HUNGRY, and craving everything in sight. I also do get those sugar swings when I eat too much of refined sugar, but I noticed that my bloating is slightly less than when I eat primarily starches. I think Nu naturals, which carries the best pure stevia I have tried, ships to international locations and they sell through their website. I don’t use it with carb-rich foods like pancakes and such, because it gives me the same effect that you describe.
I have a huge sweet tooth so I’ve been researching sugar substitutes to use when baking. Honey is awesome, but maple syrup is my preferred choice over honey for a number of reasons. Although honey is so beneficial in many respects (love it), maple syrup is now my preferred option. I say don’t sweat too much over the science, and just go with what works for you personally.
Sports drinks, which are often marketed as healthy drinks, pack a lot of sugar with about 10 ? teaspoons of sugar and 200 calories in a 32-ounce bottle. Even if you think you are choosing a healthy drink, you may be surprised by the sugar and calories in your favorite beverages. Both food and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to increased calorie intake among children aged 12 to 18, according to the report scheduled for publication in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Do you ever wonder though if it really is a healthy alternative to refined white table sugar?
I am confident in what works for me, it may not be right for you so seek advice of a nutritionist or doctor before making any changes to your diet. When our bodies sense an increase of glucose in our blood it immediately directs the pancreas to push insulin into the blood stream. But for me because it is purely sucrose, it does not agree with me and causes me to crave more sugary things.
These two options are completely fructose free but as with any sweetener should be kept to a minimum.
There’s been some conflicting info on the net about maple syrup, but I went to the Diabetes Association website and it said that baking with maple syrup actually has a lower glycemic index than white sugar. During this time, children’s consumption of food and sugar-sweetened beverages increased, while they drank fewer non-sweetened beverages. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). So basically¬† high concentrations of sucrose sugar cause blood sugar¬† to be effected greatly.
I believe some people have no problem ingesting maple syrup or anything else made of sucrose, but for me it just doesn’t work. As long as your pair the maple syrup with other high fiber foods or decrease other carbohydrates like baking with coconut flour instead of wheat flour. Anyone who has fructose malabsorption (like myself) will usually find maple syrup is the better choice for this reason (no more pains and cramping -yay!). But it still needs to be limited – 1 tablespoon is my limit and it could be different for each individual.

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