Today I am going to talk about the different sweeteners on the market Stevia vs Agave vs Aspartame vs Sucralose. In my previous article HFCS sucks I wrote about Stevia and Agave nectar. Now I am going to expand on these two sweeteners Agave & Stevia to the regular nasty ass aspartame and sucralose.
Stevia vs Agave vs Aspartame vs Sucralose
What is Aspartame? And why is sucks.
- Aspartame is the consumer friendly word for the artificial sweetener non-saccharide, aspartyl-phenylalanine-1-methyl ester….if that right there does not tell you its bad, then you’re a lose cause. If you actually know what that is then you know you not to eat it.
- Secondly if you don’t know what that is, you shouldn’t be eating it.
- Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, I don’t know of much in the world artificial that is better than the real thing, if your eating anything artificial and you don’t have to…quit right now. As an example if you have ever had sex with somebody you love then you automatically knows it is a trillion time better than having sex with somebody you don’t love. In this case aspartame is the dripping faucet in the bathroom; it’s not even in the same room having sex.
- Aspartame taste disgusting – why eat something that taste disgusting?
- Aspartame is made in a lab, there is nothing made in a lab that you need to eat.
What is Sucralose? And why it sucks.
- Is the lesser evil of the artificial sweeteners, but no less horrific. It as first discovered by scientist from Tate & Lyle a UK-based agri-producer back in 1976.
- Again it was “discovered” by scientist. In this case “discovered” does not mean that scientists went off the coast of Angola and dung up the sucralose plant that was being hidden from modern thinking minds by Alexander the Great.
- Sucralose did not come out of the ground, and it was made in a lab…we already went over this.
- Sucralose is marketed here in the U.S. as Splenda and SucraPlus it is 600 time sweeter than regular sugar (sucrose) and is considered a sugar substitute. Now lets do some simple math here, if you know you shouldn’t be eating large amounts of sugar, why would you eat something that is 600x sweeter than sugar that’s a sugar substitute AND made in a lab?…think about it….Ill wait I got plenty of time. Answer: You shouldn’t stop today.
What is Agave Nectar?
- The first thing you should know about agave nectar is that it is not a sugar substitute. Agave is a sweetener that is made from….you guessed it the agave plant, most of which is currently produced in Mexico.
- Agave sweetener in its common form is called Agave syrup or nectar. Although agave is marketed as a sugar substitute it is not a substitute. Actually agave has more calories than sugar ounce for ounce. Agave has 56 calories per table spoon versus regular sugar’s 50 calories per table spoon, however agave is much sweeter than regular table sugar, and so much less can be used.
- Commercial available agave nectar/syrup is composed of fructose and glucose. The ratio ranges of fructose (f)/glucose (g) is as follows: 92% (f)/8 %( g) ~ 56 %( f)/20 %( g) this large fluctuation is due to plant and manufacturing differences. In this case agave nectar is worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The only redeeming fact is that agave is not genetically modified and refined like HFCS!
- To the right is my own agave sweetner, its really sweet stuff, I use it to sweeten plain yogurt.
What is Stevia?
- Stevia also comes from the Stevia plant also found in South America, are you noticing a trend there? It seems as all the “health” products are coming from South America. The acai berry, agave and stevia
- Stevia is 300 time sweeter than normal table sugar, notice it is not a sugar substitute, therefore much less can be used.
- This stuff has a taste you have to get use to, growing up in the USA I am use to just normal sugar, this stuff taste like powdered sugar with a hint of licorice. Jay Robb actually has a Whey Protein Supplement that I use to buy that uses Stevia that is good. Jay Robb is one of the companies that use stevia as a sweetener, and not sucralose, aspartame and now brown rice sugar.
- You can buy it at most “health” food store, you know a country has a problem when you cannot buy “health food” from a normal supermarket.
Stevia vs Agave vs Aspartame vs Sucralose
Of the bunch Stevia wins the charleslloydfitness shootout for best sweetener.
Aspartame: 0 out of 5 Charles’ Faces
Sucralose: 0.0000000000000001 out of Charles’ Faces
Agave:: 3 out of 5 Charles’ Faces
Stevia: 4.5 out of 5 Charles’ Faces.
So there you have it the winner of Stevia vs Agave vs Aspartame vs Sucralose.