Sweeteners seem to come in and out of style daily. When I was planning for today’s post, I went to the store to buy some xylitol. I used to have a Biggest Loser baking cookbook that had xylitol as an ingredient in several recipes, so I thought I might try it out. When I got to the store, I saw Equal (Does anyone buy this any more?), Splenda, lots of Stevia, and a bunch of sugar alternatives like agave nectar and coconut sugar. It’s really amazing how many ways you can make things sweet.
With all of those options, there was no xylitol in sight. In general, I’ve found that things like this aren’t great. I’d rather eat a smaller portion of the real thing than using a weird concoction and pretend I’m eating sugar. I’m not sure about the benefits of agave nectar and coconut sugar, but I really like both of them.
Do you have a favorite sweetener? If so, please share in the comments!