Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC, offered some advice on trendy sugar alternatives in a recent article for MDLinx.
In response to increasing evidence about the dangers of added sugar, there's been a proliferation of sugar alternatives on the market. Trendy alternative sweeteners like agave nectar, coconut sugar, and monk fruit extract are taking up more and more space on grocery store shelves and touting all sorts of health benefits. But how much of that is true, and how much is hype? A recent article on MDLinx takes a closer look at some of the new additions to the sugar alternative landscape and shared some insights from the experts, including Nutritional Sciences assistant professor of practice Kayle Skorupski.
"While some sweeteners do provide antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, a large amount would need to be eaten for them to provide substantial amounts," she cautioned. "And these sweeteners do increase the overall calorie intake in the diet.”
Get the low-down on molasses, monk fruit extract, date sugar, coconut sugar, and erythritol in the full article, available on MDLinx.
Article updated 7 July 2021.