Posted on May 28, 2013
If you are one of the millions of people who prefer sweetened coffee, you should take the time to educate yourself on the different kinds of sweeteners available. Most people automatically choose regular granulated sweetener without thinking twice. While this does the job of creating a more sweeter flavor, there could be better choices out there. Like most things in life, you'll never know if you like it unless you give it a try. Keep reading and we'll take a closer look at some of the top sweeteners for coffee and reveal which ones are the best.
The most commonly used ingredient to sweeten coffee is pure, refined granulated sugar. It's cheap, easy to find, and does the job of sweetening coffee quite well. The only downside that some people may find is the fact that it creates additional calories to your coffee beverage. For people who are dieting or looking to lose weight, sugar is something you'll probably want to cut back on. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet will cut back on your caloric intake, which in turn will help you lose weight.
Stevia (AKA Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni) is the name for an alternative sweetener made from shrub leaves. In recent years, it's become a popular choice by individuals seeking to reduce their caloric intake. You might be surprised to hear that stevia is upwards of 200% sweeter than traditional sugar. However, one of the main differences is that stevia is processed much slower, making it an ideal choice for diabetics and people looking to reduce their calories and/or carbohydrates. Unlike traditional granulated sugar, stevia actually lowers blood sugar levels instead of raising them. This means you can enjoy stevia-sweetened coffee without fear of stressing your body from high blood sugar levels.
A lesser-known sweetening ingredient for coffee is brown sugar. If you are looking to give your coffee a flavorful kick, you should consider using some brown sugar. Like granulated sugar, it does contain calories, so you'll need to watch your intake. A general rule of thumb is to use 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar for each cup of coffee. Don't try to "eyeball" it, as you may end up pouring more than what's needed.
Saccharin is the main ingredient in Sweet'N Low, and it's a popular coffee sweetener chosen by many. In the past, there was some belief that saccharin contributed to a higher risk of cancer. Several studies showed mice and lab rats to have higher cancer rates when they were exposed to this sweetener. More recently, though, medical professionals have come to the conclusion that saccharin does not in fact contribute to a higher risk of cancer. The reason mice and lab rates were seeing higher rates was because of their unique body chemistry.