You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Eat Drink Better Sweetener Flowchart Sweetener Flowchart by Guest Contributor April 24, 2011, 1:00 am The folks at Be Food Smart shared this sweetener flowchart that I thought had some interesting information. Of course, limiting the amount of sugar you eat is the best way to go, but when you do reach for a sweetener, it’s good to be educated. Here’s a flowchart with some information, and there’s more info below on the different sweeteners in this chart. [Click to view full-sized. Source: Be Food Smart] Agave Nectar – derived from the agave plant, this controversial sweetener isn’t always as natural as you’d think. Corn Syrup – often derived from GM corn, it’s less processed than HFCS but hardly a health food Equal (aspartame) – calorie free sweetener that’s got possible links to cancer High Fructose Corn Syrup – highly processed sweetener derived from corn Honey – natural sweetener produced by bees Splenda (sucralose) – zero calorie sweetener. “While many studies have been conducted on this sweetener, no large studies have been done on the long-term effects of sucralose. ” Stevia – a new, low-calorie sweetener derived from the leaf of the stevia plant Sugar – processed from cane juice or from sugar beets Sweet’N Low (saccharin) – zero calorie sweetener possibly linked to tumor formation For more information, check out Be Food Smart. Blentley at Flickr under a Creative Commons license See more Previous article Container Gardening Ideas: Grow a Salad Next article Crystallizing Pansies Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.