But there's a wide range of talk about sugar substitutes that are low in calories and carbo. So what are these? My cherry keyboard are all perky for this news.
What is it? A derivation of the Stevia rebaudiuna herb, which is native to Paraguay.
Calories: None and no carbohydrates.
Taste: It is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Can have a bitter after-taste but manufacturers are making it less noticeable.
What is it? Known as a sugar alcohol or polyol, it is a natural carbohydrate found in fibrous fruit and vegetables. Produced in the body during normal metabolism, it is commercially extracted from birch tree bark or corn cobs.
Calories: Contains between 1.9 and 2.4 calories per gram – which is 40 per cent less than sugar.
Taste: The same amount of sweetness as sugar.
Imagine if you can your favourite treats without feeling guilty?