Food What You Need to Know About Cooking and Baking with Sugar Alternatives, Including Agave, Honey, and Stevia
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According to a new study, consuming too much of this specific, popular candy can actually be potentially fatal over time.The case report, which was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on the recent case of a 54-year-old man who collapsed in a restaurant and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers found that besides having a heroin use disorder, being a pack-a-day smoker of 36 years, and having untreated hepatitis C infection, the man's "poor" diet was also based heavily on sweets, "consisting primarily of several packages of candy daily.
As the old song goes, just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Although refined sugar can certainly put a skip in your step—and add sweetness to, , and your morning cup of coffee— . (AHA) recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day and nine teaspoons (38 grams) for men. However, the average American consumes 17 teaspoons (71.14 grams) every day, according to the . From agave to to palm sugar, we're breaking down the differences between sugar alternatives.
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It's five o'clock somewhere—many people associate agave, which comes from the agave plant native to the southern United States and Latin America, with. But there's so much more to agave than . Agave nectar has a very low glycemic index, or GI, because almost all of the sugar is fructose. This means that it's less likely to make your blood pressure spike in the way that regular sugar does. To bake with agave, use 2/3 cup for every one cup of granulated sugar called for in a recipe. Using agave may change the texture of your baked goods but it will still add plenty of sweetness. It has a similar composition to high fructose corn syrup, so it makes a suitable substitution ( , anyone?). You can also do a 1:1 swap of , molasses, or honey using agave. Mix agave syrup in this or these .
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Whether youor stir it into a cup of tea, honey is one of the most popular alternatives to sugar. Honey has the same amount of calories as agave and is sweeter than sugar, so you generally don't need as much honey to achieve the same amount of sweetness. Because honey is sweeter and denser than granulated sugar, you can substitute one cup of sugar for just 2/3 to ¾ cup of honey. It adds just the right amount of sweetness in salad dressing (try it on our ) or these sweet and spicy . Of course, it's used in desserts, too—honey is the perfect smooth sweetener in or these .
Palm sugar comes from the sap of palm trees (you may also find coconut palm sugar, which is a variety of this unrefined sweetener that comes from coconut palm trees). It has a light amber color and a similar caramel flavor to that of. It's generally less sweet, softer, and more crumbly than regular granulated sugar, and while it can be used as a substitute for brown sugar, the flavor won't be exactly the same. The coarse texture may alter the consistency of the baked good, too. Palm sugar is particularly popular in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Try cooking with palm sugar in our recipe for or .
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Headed to the Golden Arches? The treats may be tempting, but you'll want to steer clear of the McDonald's McFlurry at all costs.According to the nutrition information from the McDonald's website, a regular-sized M&M McFlurry clocks in at 640 calories. It also contains 21 grams of fat, which is 31% of the recommended daily value. And the amount of saturated and trans fat in the McFlurry takes up a whopping 67% of the recommended daily value.
Brown Rice Syrup
You guessed right: Brown rice syrup does, in fact, come from brown rice. It may also be labeled as rice malt syrup or simply rice syrup in the grocery store, but they're the same product. Its thick consistency is similar to maple syrup, molasses, or corn syrup, so you can use it in place of either ingredient but know that the flavor will be a bit nuttier and darker. It's excellent for binding ingredients and can help create a fudgy, moist dessert. Try baking with brown rice syrup in thisor these .
There's a big difference between the stevia you buy at the grocery store and the stevia plant you may grow at home. The products sold at the grocery store, such as Truvia and Stevia in the Raw, don't contain whole stevia leaf. They are made from a highly refined stevia leaf extract called rebaudioside A (Reb-A). They're best used for adding sweetness to a cup of coffee,, or . While you can use it in baking, Stevia is much sweeter than regular granulated sugar so we don't recommend using it in place of sugar in a recipe.
Coca-Cola Announces It's Discontinuing 200 Drink Brands .
Coca-Cola is discontinuing 200 drink brands—about half their total portfolio—with the goal of focusing on popular sodas and consumer trends.This news, which was announced during Coca-Cola's third-quarter earnings call on October 22, comes just weeks after Coca-Cola announced the end of the line for its coconut beverage brand, Zico and less than three months after the Odwalla line of "healthy" smoothies and juices got unceremoniously "canned." While we can't say we're actually missing any of these rather bizarre discontinued sodas you'll never see again, this latest round of Coca-Cola cancellations could sting.