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This sweet solid is, in both cases, sucrose. Table sugar is 99.9% sucrose. Coconut sugar is about 70-80% sucrose–but that doesn’t make it any healthier. The remaining 20-30% of coconut sugar is largely free glucose or fructose–the same two sugars that sucrose is converted into (during digestion) when you eat sucrose. Gram for gram, table sugar and coconut sugar contain nearly identical.

A sweetener that has become very popular in the past few years is coconut sugar. This sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and touted as. Instead, a lower glycemic index coupled with slightly lower amounts of fructose makes coconut sugar, like honey, a slightly better alternative to table sugar and an acceptable occasional “proceed with caution” sweetener. Nutrients aside, it’s still mostly sugar and can create similar problems with your liver and blood sugar.

One of the big selling points – and health claims – for coconut sugar is that it is low on the glycemic index, which ranks carbohydrate foods on the basis of how they affect blood sugar (glucose). Sweeteners derived from cane sugar can overly stress the pancreas as the glycemic index of these sweeteners is high compared with coconut sugar. Even maple syrup has a rather high glycemic index in comparison. The glycemic index (GI) is the rate of how fast blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular type of food. What makes coconut palm sugar healthier than refined cane sugar besides its supposed low glycemic index is the fact that it is higher in minerals than refined cane sugar and also contains some inulin, a starchy prebiotic fiber.

Overall, coconut sugar is still considered a better choice if you’re looking for an alternative sweetener or granulated sugar substitute, since it does contain some trace elements. These include some iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, some short-chain fatty acids, polyphenols and other antioxidants, and a fiber known as inulin. Honey 1 cup = 960 cal.

Science Says: Delivers slightly more fructose than glucose.Honey’s antioxidant quantity varies greatly based on type; buckwheat honey typically delivers the most. Best For: Providing a delicate, sweet flavor to dressings, marinades and slaws. To Use in Baking: For 1 cup sugar use: ¾ cup honey, reduce liquid by 2 Tbsp. for each cup replaced and lower oven temperature by. If coconut sugar is a nutritious alternative to vegetable-based desserts, perhaps it’s worth getting involved. It certainly sounds healthier than regular sugar, and there’s no question it’ll make a.

Now there are sweeteners that do have some nutrition. This new article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association measured the antioxidant content of a whole list. Which is healthier?

In alphabetical order: agave nectar, blackstrap molasses, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, date sugar, dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, raw cane sugar, plain old sugar sugar, or.

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» Coconut sugar: Made from the coconut palm tree, rather than sugarcane, coconut sugar is touted as a healthy alternative because it may have a slightly lower GI than other sugars.

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Let me surprise you with a tidbit: even though I see claims all over the Web that coconut sugar is commendably fructose-free, 70 to 80 percent of it is made of sucrose, which is half fructose (and half glucose)!

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However coconut sugar contains loads of sucrose 70% worth.

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Fresh unfermented coconut sap contains sugars, mainly sucrose (14%-17%, w/w).

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by Priscilla C. Sanchez
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Coconut sap sugar has a low glycemic index compared with other sweeteners and doesn’t seem to activate the sugar addiction cycle.

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Also known as coconut palm sugar or coconut crystals, this natural sweetener has a flavor very similar to brown sugar.

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According to the Philippine Department of Agriculture, coconut sugar has a low glycaemic index (GI) of 35 which is much lower than the value of table sugar (GI 60).

“The Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera L.) Research and Development Perspectives” by K. U. K. Nampoothiri, V. Krishnakumar, P. K. Thampan, M. Achuthan Nair
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by K. U. K. Nampoothiri, V. Krishnakumar, et. al.
Springer Singapore, 2019

Tests have found it to be up to 300 times sweeter than ordinary sugar (sucrose).

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Honey is somewhat safer than sucrose because it is sweeter due to the fructose content, so that less is needed, and because it is not as pure and as refined as sucrose, it contains very small quantities of vitamins and minerals.

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Basic Health, 2008

It is almost twice as sweet as sugar, so less is needed for the same sweetening power.

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  • Geez.. The comments in here are blabshit mostly.. The doctor definitely knows what hes talkin about, and these coco sugars are wayyyy pricier than other sugars…

  • Could you possibly do a video on how to defend one’s self against someone attacking you with a piece of fresh fruit? Perhaps a banana.

  • Your knowledge and experience sharing with us makes us most benefited and inspired us right food to be eaten at right time and in right qty so as to get benefited from balance diet. There is one query. Stevia is a good or bad compare to sugar? Diabetic patient? Calorific value? Like some suppliments with stevia( INS 960) comes under brand musclexp supergreens, macrolife natural greens etc. should it to be avoided as packed items or can be taken with regular tradition diet at right time? one link pasted below shows some information on stevia so request your feedback on same.Whether this site is having good and correct info? ��‍⚕️

  • Wow this video was so exciting. I was on the edge of my seat! The suspense of not knowing which one was best was almost too much to handle!..

  • I need to hear from you, can i make my bakery or bisuits with honey instead of usual sugar? Does honey become harmful with high temperatures??

  • Hey Thomas. You should do some research in dried apricots. Dried apricots is one of the supper foods in fitness industry in Europe. The reason why if because dried apricots have more glucose than fructose competing to any other fruit out there. It restores muscle glycogen better than anything else from fruit family. And it is better than dates. Dates have 50% to 50% glucose and fructose. Dried apricots have much more glucose than fructose that it why it is a superfood in Europe. Do some research and video about that

  • New to the channel, and will be wading into the shallow end of the Intermittent Fasting “pool” ( after Supper Bowl) doing the 16-8. Do these 5 sweeteners break my fast? Hope not!

  • Please don’t fear monger against sugar like all the syrup options you included are still sugar nonetheless with almost negligible amounts of nutrients or antioxidants that you probably shouldn’t rely on sugar as a source for. They are ALL processed so instead of buying some $20 coconut nectar, you’re probably better off buying $5 sugar in the raw and some greens to get like actual amounts of nutrients. As for chemical sweeteners, all reliable studies show that they’re only harmful in exorbitant doses that are practically impossible to meet eating normally, they’re still not healthy but it’s not healthy either to be scared of cane sugar and Diet Coke.

  • agave nectar is obviously better than table sugar it is unrefined and rich in antioxidants
    table sugar has no nutrients and is stripped of vitamins and mineral agave necter has compounds that are beneficial to health and is low glycemic compared to
    sugar sugar is bleached and highly refined from excessive processing Agave syrup is unrefined and keeps it self intact without all the bleaching and toxic chemicals they spray on the agave plant there is no comparison Agave syrup is way better than white sugar white sugar is gmo its like comparing fruit to sugar and saying fruit is bad because of sugar contents when fruit is rich in vitamins and minerals and antioxidants its just stupid all sugar is not the same some present positive health benefits to human health! im sorry your just wrong about agave not being better than sugar. im not against sugar or anything but even i can know by looking at the bottle that agave nectar must be better.

  • Hi I need help I do intermittent fasting and I eat 1 big meal a day and I work 6 days week and in the last day I only do stretches for 20-40 minutes and today is my rest day how should I know if should be eating the same or do a refeed day or cheat meal or cheat day please help ASAP thanks

  • I like the taste of this sugar made from Arenga nectar, has it been tested anywhere?

  • I have a friend that drives me Crazy about Sugar Substitutes. Go’s on & on that they are ” Not ” any better then refined white sugar. They are still addicting, in some it can still cause weight gain etc  etc.  I tell him not if you use the good one’s.. he just says “There aren’t any good one’s”!!  Thoughts?

  • I love watching your videos! My biggest challenge with eating healthy is ordering at restaurants. Can you give some tips on what to order at restaurants that are not vegan or vegetarian?

  • I like this channel so much value!!! THANKS A LOT… I also try to create content just like this, please check out and support me: ) show some love for beginners:D ( Keep In Mind)

  • sugar is bad we know and shouldn’t be eating it often and not without fiber, potassium etc but if I can use a more desirable sugar tasting product with lower glycemic levels in very moderate amounts that have a bit more nutritional value for a granulated sugar that may add up over time, y not? I think ppl with sugar issues know they have to be careful period, so I don’t think ppl are going to go buck wild but it sounds like an okay alternative for me. I don’t drink soda or juice and I don’t consume too much starch in my meals. But I do make a 2 liter amount of different kinds of non-caffeinated teas or hand squeeze lemonade that I flavor with stevia. When I used sugar. I used only a Tbs for a 2 liters. I can do that with this and have less impact and those benefits, then that works for me. I honestly get most of my sugar from whole fruits, and beans.

  • Hi! New to your channel and love your videos:)
    I was curious, what exactly is cane sugar and what makes it unhealthy? I know people say the sugar in the raw brand is better for you or “healthy,” but what is it that makes it bad?

  • I bashed your channel sometime ago, I tried the Paleo diet, and now I’m hooked!!!
    No more heart burn, no more high insulin, no more being sore after a workout…. Thank-you ��

  • Agave (Agave americana) from which the sweetener is derived is a medicinal plant and should be treated as such; healing many internal discomforts. Also Tequila is derived from one variety. Maple is also medicinal and is my suggestion from these 5, I have also sweetened with a good apple juice.

  • Thanx, great vid…….how about doing one on whether processed soy is healthy or not for you….I would be curious to see what you folks have to say about that….since there is a ton of meatless soy products out there….

  • How much of these sugars would you have to consume in order to receive benefits? I use coconut sugar and honey, but I only eat a Tbsp for both. I like sweets but I rely on stevia as my sweetener.

  • No mention of the high fructose content of Agave… and the negatives. This so called “expert” likes to leave out important facts, like high glycemic load as he guzzles it from the container. He says “Agave is easy on the body to break down”, no shit it’s a carb. Someone needs to be more careful when they write the scripts that he reads from.

  • Im interested in this. Mostly as a sugar substitute.most other sugar substitutes are triggers for my migraines and in large quantities seizures.

  • I have PPMS and react to processed sugars (they make my symptoms worse due to inflammation). But natural or minimally processed are totally accepted by my body. Maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar are sweeteners that dont inflame my nerves.

  • Thomas Delauer, what are your thoughts on the following milk shake?
    (1 Avacado + 1 Banana + organic milk).
    1 banana has the recommended carb intake per day.

  • I absolutely love dates, whether deglet noor dates or medjool dates. I can eat so many of em. But the taste is so great that I know I have to work out just to get enough calories burned off to eat more

  • Thanks for this. I know these arent necessarily Keto approved but for someone who had to stop keto because of stomach issues. Iv since gone to do more ancestral and this is still great info. Honey helps in healing IBS/crohns and other stomach issues

  • I am slowly easing myself into a more Keto type diet. I do not eat refine/process sugars at all but I still enjoy having (at times) some honey in a cup of hot green tea in the morning. If I am going to have some form of sweetness in my food or drink honey is my go to sweet.

  • I tried molasses recently and I just found it horrible, it may be somewhat sweet but it has other nasty flavours going on that detract from any sweetness. I put a bit in my coffee, my coffee turned like tar black (not coffee black) and it didn’t taste like coffee anymore, maybe I used a bad brand, does anybody like this stuff and what do you recommend doing with it?

  • Exactly what does nutrition have to do with these choices? Most of these (and I think the exception is date sugar) are not only totally worthless as far as nutrition goes, but worse, they create insulin resistance, and probably contribute to a number of other diseases. Dr. Greger has another video on sugar substitutes, where by he compares stevia, sucralose, etc, And contrary to the worthlessness of this video, it is very good.

  • I used to chew on coconut palm sugar when I was young and I didn’t have any single tooth decay. But I lost one of my teeth because chewing the chocolate bar loaded with refined white sugar.

  • I have eaten coconut covered in coconut sugar HELL I EVEN ATE 3 BLOBS OF COCONUT SUGAR IN A HOUR AND I STILL ATE HALF A BLOB AFTER THAT

  • Please make a video on yogurts! There are a trillion out on the market and feel so overwhelmed when trying to find the healthiest option.

  • Sorry Thomas but the way you talk is so boring.. can you please try to come to the point.. I would lie to watch your video but all are so long and boring ��☹️

  • Thank you so much for this video. I just purchased some Coconut Palm Sugar because of its health value but didn’t know exactly what those benefits were. This has helped my understanding. So far I’ve been using it in my Asian cooking and it works well there.

  • M assuming but how would these substitutes affect a ketogenic state?
    Thanks for the alternatives. I wasnt sure about raw honey until now ��

    2. I don’t care if something is good for me or not, If it’s better for me or not, If it’s healthy or not. I only judge foods by one criteria, do I like the taste? Period. I like and prefer the taste of coconut sugar to regular white sugar. That’s it. If something IS good or better for my health, great! That’s just a plus. If it isn’t but I still like the taste, oh well, I’m still gonna eat it.

  • A problem with most sweeteners is not that they are just “empty calories”, but that they also impair the absorption of nutrients, such as iron.

    I would like to see how molasses or date sugar measure up.

  • Thanks for making my life so much easier.
    I really appreciate all the research you do on such an important matter. What should we be fueling our bodies with? Is there are a more important question. If there are, not many. Shalom.

  • The video was published January 23, 2017. Science changes. We no longer believe the world is flat. Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Check out his newer videos for more recent information.

  • If it’s lower than normal processed sugar, and is a natural sugar? then surely it’s better than normal sugar for tea and coffee drinkers that enjoy sugar in their beverage. I have substituted table refined sugar for coconut sugar and have already lost a few pounds, my insulin levels are normal now.

  • Date Sugar is like 15€ a kg on amazon, that would be some expensive cake.. even coconut sugar or xylit is cheaper, it’s literally the most expensive one I know. And I guess you would need even more than ‘real’ sugar because date sugar isn’t as sweet?

  • Its been 7 yrs now since we don’t intentionally add sugar in any of our food intake and its been almost a yr that we are cautious of what we eat in regards to sugar/calorie/carb content and adding lots of exercise to it.. Result: I was size 40 and now I am size 34..

  • just watched another video on sugar substitutes triggering insulin. is there any (like stevia) that wouldn’t spike insulin or which of your 5 would be the mildest to spike?? thx

  • Thank you for making these videos! I’ve done my own research, but hearing it from a professional is a good cushion of reassurance!

  • I’m really confused about stevia now I’ve read both that it’s really bad for you and that it contains bad ingredients and other people said that it’s really good and that it’s 100 percent healthy??

  • I am amazed! I just watched a video that you posted talking about all the sugar substitutes. Did you changed your mind or did you get better informed?? Here you are telling all the opposite about them all. Can you please clarify?

  • Why did he not address how each one effects blood sugar and it’s glycemic index?? Dr Gregor, please do another video on each sweeteners affect on ones blood sugar and include other sweeteners such as stevia, coconut sugar, xylitol etc. I would also be curious to know the quality of products used. Not all honey, maple syrup are created equal. A lot of it is just diluted with corn syrup. You need to make sure you’re using the real stuff, not just honey bear.

  • Well I was hoping but in any case I refuse to use that disgusting chemical taste stevia or any artificial sweeteners. I get nause palpitations and headaches. I rather don’t add any anything or maybe some Manuka honey if I really cant help it.

  • what are your feelings about splenda and raw natural brown sugar? We tried Stevia for our family but could not get over the weird after taste. Any suggestions to overcome that?

  • Thomas, may I suggest this video by UCSF panel on stevia, which mentions that Stevia (rep a) causes insulin spikes, just as glucose does. (at the 40 minute mark): “increased blood sugar and increased insulin resistance and is dangerous to diabetics” Not suitable for keto!!!

  • I know 50 people already said something about the agave part, but how tf are you supposed to trust this guy if he thinks high fructose corn syrup on steroids is good for you

  • Ya.. Stevia is also healthy but one should choose 100% pure & natural stevia. Just make sure that the ingredient is just stevia extract. I am using this brand called FDS

  • I want the benefits of raw honey but want to stay on the right track of my keto lifestyle….. Would having a half teaspoon or a teaspoon in my tea everyday knock me out?

  • So the answer is, Yes. Coconut Sugar is a healthier substitute. Why would anyone eat “cups and cups of sugar” for zinc and iron etc. What a ridiculous statement. Your research & comments and are weak.

  • This video is good, but limited to antioxidants in sweeteners. I found a video that covers the topic in a more comprehensive way.

  • The right glicemic index is 35 for the coconut, if you believe him check on the google, I did it, diferent sites say the same thing “35” pretty low glicemic index

  • I am aware of your preference for dates and date sugar… and it makes total sense to me… However, I am not certain that honey is so lacking in beneficial effects… Therefore, I wish to submit the following “evidence” so that you can vet it and include anything that might be of value to me (us) out here in the world of conflicting information.  Thank you.

    On Honey Health Benefits

    … evidence based science… a brief Google search provided the following…

    �� Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review

    Honey is a by-product of flower nectar and the upper aero-digestive tract of the honey bee, which is concentrated through a dehydration process inside the bee hive. Honey has a very complex chemical composition that varies depending on the botanical source. It has been used both as food and medicine since ancient times. Human use of honey is traced to some 8000 years ago as depicted by Stone Age paintings. In addition to important role of natural honey in the traditional medicine, during the past few decades, it was subjected to laboratory and clinical investigations by several research groups and it has found a place in modern medicine. Honey has been reported to have an inhibitory effect on around 60 species of bacteria, some species of fungi and viruses. Antioxidant capacity of honey is important in many disease conditions and is due to a wide range of compounds including phenolics, peptides, organic acids, enzymes, and Maillard reaction products. Honey has also been used in some gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neoplastic states. This review covers the composition, physico-chemical properties and the most important uses of natural honey in human diseases.

    �� Biological and therapeutic effects of honey produced by honey bees and stingless bees: a comparative review

    Honey is a natural product produced by both honey bees and stingless bees. Both types of honey contain unique and distinct types of phenolic and flavonoid compounds of variable biological and clinical importance. Honey is one of the most effective natural products used for wound healing. In this review, the traditional uses and clinical applications of both honey bee and stingless bee honey – such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antihyperlipidemic, and cardioprotective properties; the treatment of eye disorders, gastrointestinal tract diseases, neurological disorders, and fertility disorders and wound healing activity are described.

    �� Neurological Effects of Honey: Current and Future Prospects

    Honey is the only insect-derived natural product with therapeutic, traditional, spiritual, nutritional, cosmetic, and industrial value. In addition to having excellent nutritional value, honey is a good source of physiologically active natural compounds, such as polyphenols. Unfortunately, there are very few current research projects investigating the nootropic and neuropharmacological effects of honey, and these are still in their early stages. Raw honey possesses nootropic effects, such as memory-enhancing effects, as well as neuropharmacological activities, such as anxiolytic, antinociceptive, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant activities. Research suggests that the polyphenol constituents of honey can quench biological reactive oxygen species and counter oxidative stress while restoring the cellular antioxidant defense system. Honey polyphenols are also directly involved in apoptotic activities while attenuating microglia-induced neuroinflammation. Honey polyphenols are useful in improving memory deficits and can act at the molecular level. Therefore, the ultimate biochemical impact of honey on specific neurodegenerative diseases, apoptosis, necrosis, neuroinflammation, synaptic plasticity, and behavior-modulating neural circuitry should be evaluated with appropriate mechanistic approaches using biochemical and molecular tools.

    �� The Sweet Science of Honey

    Our search of the medical literature turned up several studies over the past few years that have shown a range of health benefits from honey. Those included a number of studies linking honey consumption to reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as blood sugar levels and cholesterol, perhaps due to its antioxidant components.

    �� 21 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Honey

    Why Honey
    If you’re not taking full advantage of the nutritional and medicinal properties of honey, it’s time to begin doing so because honey is a remarkable healing agent for all sorts of ailments.

    People have been using honey for its antibacterial and antifungal properties since the ancient times.

    In fact, the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians documented the healing properties of honey as early as Aristotle’s mention of it in 384 BC.

    �� Medicinal Uses of Honey

    Honey has a long medicinal history. The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. On that last point, at least, they were on to something.

    Today, many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies.

    But outside of the laboratory, claims for honey’s healthfulness are unproven except in the area of wound care and, to a lesser extent, cough suppression.
    Here’s the truth behind the claims about honey’s health benefits and an important warning.

    �� Preventing and treating colds: The evidence and the anecdotes

    ”Natural” cold remedies
    So now you’ve got a cold. What treatments are effective? If you want to go all-natural, then there is weak evidence showing that honey, just a tablespoon of plain old honey, can help with the cough associated with the common cold, especially in children.11,12,13,14 The physiologic mechanism for this is unclear, but it may explain why we get temporary relief from sugary cough drops. (Note: Never give honey to children under a year of age due to risk of botulism.)

    1. Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Paul IM, Beiler J, McMonagle A, et al. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
    2. A comparison of the effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine on nightly cough and sleep quality in children and their parents. Shadkam MN, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mozayan MR. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
    3. Effect of honey on nocturnal cough and sleep quality: double-blind a. randomized, placebo-controlled study. Cohen HA, Rozen J, Kristal H, et al. Pediatrics, September 2012.
    4. Honey for acute cough in children. Oduwole O, Meremikwu MM, Oyo-Ita A, Udoh EE. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, December 23, 2014.

    �� Evidence-based medicine series: The many medical benefits of manuka honey

    In my new ‘Evidence-based medicine series’ I take you through the scientific evidence for common, but not always mainstream, treatments and remedies.  First up is manuka honey.

    The many medical benefits of manuka honey

    If I ever have a sore throat I always reach for a spoonful of active manuka honey. I swear by it, as time and again it seems to heal my sore throat and, even better, I don’t go on to develop a nasty cold virus. As a scientist, I know there is a great deal of scientific evidence for the anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of active manuka honey from New Zealand and Australia.  Research has demonstrated a strong inhibitor effect of manuka honey against the influenza virus

    … to be continued in follow up…

  • I know when it comes to healthy foods, this is a long shot… But would you consider making a video with tips for people who want to try these types of healthier products but may be on a lower budget? While it may be worth it health wise to pay more for these products, it’s not always attainable on every income.

    I would also be interested in hearing you talk about some of the gluten free foods on the market right now. I have celiac disease and I’m just curious about how some of these ingredients like xanthan gum and starches might affect health? Thanks for your thoughts.

  • I am addicted to sugar…. I love almonds covered in a milk chocolate, I am able to eat the whole package in one day, I always crave some sweets… how can I get rid of it?

  • I just saw a video about coconut sugar the other day saying they are usually cut with white sugar and can have anywhere from 25-75% white sugar in it.

  • Stevia, one without fillers, is actually used as medicine against bacteria that create biofilm and is useful to treat Lyme and maybe other diseases like MS. He is looking at nutritional value but where I am looking is not feeding infection and inflammation so stevia is a winner. A quality stevia of course. We as creatures do not need all these other sweeteners, they are a crutch and they add to inflammation and overgrowth of the wrong organisms. So what is wrong with living within a less sweet world? If you are drinking a lot of lemon water as part of your detox adoption or two of stevia can make it more of a ” treat”

  • My husband and I eliminated sugar and within the first 2 weeks, we noticed how much inflammation disappeared from our bodies. It’s been amazing! Been looking into Monk Fruit and can’t wait to bake with it.

  • Hi Thomas, do you have any current info on Thaumatin? I bought a small single serving of Nuzest pea protein to try with intent to change from whey protein, but not sure about it’s safety. With what I’ve seen on YouTube we are the guinea pigs/lab mice for this ��
    Love your channel and watch all your videos, thank you!

  • It sounds like, google information is not enough.Many people google everything and that becomes the truth in their minds.You can see that if you observe conversation,comments on different channels on youtube.There is always someone who has seen the light and knows something else.Just know people. Do not belief in everything you read or hear for that matter. I know it is frustrating, that you really can’t trust the information you find, but it is how it is. people google people that ahs google people and 1 ant becomes and Elephant.. Even some doctores speak of things they do not know a lot about. Before we know of it.It is unhealthy to eat at all and water is so bad for you bcause it is poluted and on and on it goes. Everything in moderations.Just like alcohol and cigarets. Way back.It was cucumber and then it was tomatoes.Everything is bad if you have to much of it. even some veggies. ; ) May blessings be given to you all.

  • I love coco it sugar and its lower and need less and its Healthier! I am Diabetico and it just love it my glucouse its regúlales. NUTRIENTS we need great flavorrr

  • Honey is very high in fructose. Lots of good stuff in it…but it is not okay if you want to stay in ketosis. Agave is NOT good. Pure fructose and so processed it has nothing good in it…in fact table sugar is better for you.

  • Long time ago, in my country, the main sweeteners were brown sugar and palm brown sugar.. Sad, refined sugar ruins our health now. We got rising number of diabetes, obesity, heart attack, etc nowadays

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    ROS is needed for many functions
    Check out Gary Samuelson PhD explains what ROS does

    beside cell communications, they are one kills virus etc

  • Yes limit sweetners in general however Coconut sugar is way better then regular super processed white sugar. This video said everything I’ve heard no suprises. There is no sweetners with tons of nutrition. Honey, Maple Syrup, and Coconut Sugar all just have trace minerals. I would just say go for less refined sweetners.

  • I’m a huge fan of and have learned so much. But I think this is the worst video of any that Greger has done, both in form and content. I hope he would consider revisiting this topic.

  • My daughter is allergic to eggs, is there an alternative for that,as you know it an easy to make for breakfast and filling.
    What is you thoughts on keto dieting?
    Your videos are very helpful thanks

  • She’s contradicting herself when she says artificial sweeteners aren’t good for you but yet she’s recommending the brand LAKANTO in the description box which have erythrol. I know she isn’t trustworthy! You should too.

  • Sugar high in calories??? PLEASE! What the heck is this donkey talking about. Refined sugars are bad, yes. Sugar is not high in calories! Fruits are low in calories and they contain sugar! Eat your sugars, it’s the fat to look out for. Coconut sugar is HEALTHY.

  • I use unsweetened apple sauce, but I know that apples would be better, since they are less processed, and include the healthiest part, the peel. Convenience is hard to resist.

  • This was right on time. Im so happy to hear this because dates and honey I use and for keto alot of people say none of these are good. I use it in small amounts and i dont feel sleepy or bad after consuming. Thx for sharing one again ������.

  • Would date sugar work like sugar in terms of caramelization? Sweeteners like stevia can’t make caramel, so I’m curious if date sugar is the same. Also what are your thoughts on coconut sugar? I feel like it’s just regular sugar w/ a few extra minerals, but if there’s health benefits I’d like to know.

  • I use it for chow fun Thai pad sieu dishes. Supposedly palm sugar is used with the fat Thai noodles for the dish combined with a high cooking temperature and wok smoke point, the aroma of the palm sugar is perfection. Added to the fact that reheating rice noodles breaks down carbs into indigestible fibers and with corn starch as a prebiotic, served with fermented vegetables on the side makes it such a guilt-free dish!��������

  • But, evaporated (organic) sugar cane is not empty calories! In fact, sugar cane juice from sugar cane contains magnesium and other important nutrients. Sure, not the overly processed stuff but evaporated cane juice is dried sugar cane, which when minimally-processed, has the aforementioned nutrients. What say you to that,

  • According to some research stevia can be quite carcinogenic effects in Steviadoside/Reubadoside….( yet to be firmly established…You know the sugar lobby can manipulate…)Secondly Stevia has been found to cause stomach upset and diarehea in users. Similar to Erythitrol.

    There are 3 promising sweeteners of the near future that can literally destroy the sugar industry:

    1. Mogroside Monkfruit extract. (No side effects reported so far)

    2. Brazzien. (No side effects reported so far)

    3. Erythritol. (side effects of the stomach, headache and nausea)

    All the 3 has 0 Glycemic Index and better tasting with no aftertaste.

    Of the 3 I think BRAZZIEN is going to take over like a rage which will be followed by Mogroside (Monkfruit extract) behind.

    And if there is a safe process to remove the side effects of Erythitrol and retain just its sweetness then it will also join the race.


  • It is as healthy as sugar, by that I mean, it is ok to add one teaspoon of sugar to a drink or bake desserts with a moderate amount of it. Habitual consumption of sodas, prepackaged foods, ready made desserts, and fast food seems to be the culprit in sugary calories excessive intake.

  • You want to get Raw Honey that is local to your area. I like to give my special needs boys a nut, cinnamon, and raw honey mixture on a slice of whole wheat bread for breakfast or for a snack.

  • Date sugar is meant to be good for nutrients, slightly better than even molasses apparently. Because it’s basically dried/ground up dates, so the whole fruit.

  • except for the mention of Inulin which is naturally high in raw Jerusalem Artichokes and Chickery Root all these have low Glycemic Index because they are very very high in Fructose that not only contributes to fatty liver disease but is a chief cause of Insulin Resistance. There is essentially no difference in these sweeteners than drinking Mountain Dew except that Raw Honey, Agave Nector, and Coconut Sugar have a small amount of minerals and vitamins.

  • What do you make of this?

    FDA In Brief: FDA allows the low-calorie sweetener allulose to be
    excluded from total and added sugars counts on Nutrition and Supplement
    Facts labels when used as an ingredient

  • I find this presentation of data not very scientific. First of all that statement that you cannot think the glycemic index of coconut sugar is uniformly low because different manufacturers load their products with sugar differently! Or something to this effect was stated! That is…not scientific. What are you measuring? Opinions? Or coconut sugar. If at all your data has to be based on not some products by different people with a variant recipe with too many uncontrolled variables. Sorry that is stupid. You need to stick to a uniform measure of the key ingredient examined, in its raw product form. Then talk. This.. putting up a slick video, while well dressed..does not make it correct or intelligent. But surely a few will be sufficiently fooled and convinced. You are insidiously suggesting that the benefits are if any only very very very slightly better…so slightly infact as to be Insignificant compared to the cost between regular sugar n coconut sugar and you are giving that crap opinion based on crappy non data, while making it sound like it is researched! Omg!

  • Hey,
    What about Beet Syrup? I have never used it, but it is the most local sweetener around and I was just wondering how good/bad beet syrup is compared to the other sweeteners. Any data on this?

  • WHEN I got off white refined table sugar, and started using Coconut Sugar and Local Raw Honey….My high blood pressure normalized….

  • Would anyone know if there are any sugar free syrups that would be o.k. to use in the keto coffee? I would enjoy the coffee more if I could add some flavor to it but I don’t want to kick myself out of ketosis.

  • this guy’s leaving way too much out of his analysis as to which is best for people. maybe all people don’t have the exact same needs either.

  • Thomas you should remove this video as it is not true according to your recent information on what is the right keto “sugar”. People get confused and you stand untrustworthy. We are many who follow you for knowledge of what is the right path on keto. So clean up! ❤️

  • so wrong, honey is terrible for liver should not be used as sugar substitute…people read some scientific articles. consult pages from the health organizations, use that brand new brain

  • Jaw dropped when he said brown rice syrup was the least nutritious. That stuff’s in tons of the packaged vegan snacks! Can you do one on alternatives like monk fruit and stevia also?

  • I am 20 years old. I weight 113 kg. Could there be any possibility that I would lose weight without loss-weight skin??? Please I need help.

  • Coconut sap sugar and coco palm sugar are distinct. The first has low GI of 35 while the second has higher GI about 65. They are not the same.

  • Can you do a video about Blackstrap molasses on the menstrual cycle and anemia? Does it actually work as an iron supplement and can it make periods lighter, skin better, and hair better?

  • what do you think of the carb cutter supplements? Particularly Slim fast’s. They say you are suppose to take it after a high carb meal. Its sounds like BS to me.

  • In Europe coconut butter/oil is considered as as unhealthy fat like the fat from a pig. It is quite surprising to me that in the US they think everything about the coconut is beneficial.

  • Thomas I know you mentioned honey has bee pollen however what about taking bee pollen by itself what are it’s benefits on Keto? Can we use it as a source of protein?

  • I knew date sugar would come out on top because the Arabs have used dates for centuries to provide a lot of nutrition with little volume during their trek through the deserts

  • 1:27 You should not show that because it’s a good way to blow out your eardrum. It looks like she is squeezing & plugging her nose as she is about to sneeze. I had a sciende teacher who blew out his eardrum this way.

  • left out two Winners, Sorghum and Pure Maple Syrup. Maple Syrup Health Benefits and Nutrition
    Manganese (aids in energy production)
    Zinc (helps your immune system)
    Calcium (great for strengthening bones and teeth)
    Riboflavin (aids in metabolic processes)
    Magnesium (associated with lowered risk of heart disease)
    Potassium (helps to maintain a normal blood pressure)

  • Many are looking to reduce their sugar intake for various reasons and following different diet protocols like the ketogenic diet. Lower glycemic sweeteners can be healthy alternatives to refined white sugar and coconut palm sugar can be a healthier substitute. Find out how!

  • What kind of honey was compared? Huge difference between the cheap stuff and the good stuff, both in price and in purported nutrition.

  • Great informational video. Totally advocate sugar swaps. Like you I opt for healthy low GI swaps. Grated fruit peal also works in recipes
    Ideas for monin caramel (any flavour
    coffee syrup) swap? Sugar free like skinny cow and Jordans have an after taste…for me coconut sugar doesn’t do it, maple syrup is OK but only for cinnamon milk not coffee. Almond milk coffee changes taste profile. Skimmed milk coffee with cinnamon is sufficient but not for almond. Blended a date and fig to get sweetness sonetimes

  • I am not a fan of stevia’s flavor, perhaps I have not tried the right kind (Brand) So I weant to give it a try… I live in Canada and we Unfortunately Thrive Market does not deliver to anywhere in Canada..Is there any other brand you recommend? I was at Wholefoods Market on the weekend and they didn’t have too many to choose from, must of them have Organic Inulin, Silica and Xylitol I wasn’t sure of this ingredients so i ended up not purchasing any:(

  • He made it seem like people consume coconut sugar by the cup full instead of a tablespoon. People, a table spoon of coconut sugar is a hell of a lot better than regular sugar. “Slightly less bad” is a huge understatement.

  • Any type sugar is bad, use in moderation, however less refined sugars (honey, dates, date sugar, cane juice, Palm or cane jaggery aka cane juice simmered until caramel texture forms, coconut sugar etc) I would “assume” may be a tad better. With regular refined white sugar the cane juice has been heated to high temps until sugar crystals form and the molasses extracted which is then further refined to make brown rum, white rum and alcohol………

  • While artificial sweeteners are very controversial, this video is full of misinformation and claims not backed by scientific research.

  • Thank you for your video! It was very helpful. Still researching about Monk fruit just to make sure what brand is better to consume.

  • organic molasses, pure maple syrup or honey from the royal hives at Buckingham are all just sugar to your body…insulin response thru the roof…artifical sweeteners also trigger an insulin response so its best to avoid them all.a few blueberries or a bit of 100% chocolate is what l use to satisfy a sweet tooth.

  • If I loved honey any more I’d have to change my name to Poo Bear lol. I restrict myself usually to a heaping tablespoon along with a tbl. Of fresh lime juice in 8 oz of warm water in the morning. Then I have another tsp. Of it because I like the taste so much but that’s all I have for the day. I also eat bea pollen in small amount during the day.

  • Its been two years, would you update this video or keep it as is? Seeing you straight drink that agave nectar caught me by surprise…

  • I have never heard of the stuff. But thanks to your Channel I have now. This is why I like your channel so much. Thank you again very much for what you do and for sharing your knowledge.

  • I find that I have to use much less of it for my coffee than any other kind of sugar to achieve the same sweetness. I also tastes awesome in coffee.

  • Part 2… continued from prior post

     I am aware of your preference for dates and date sugar… and it makes total sense to me… However, I am not certain that honey is so lacking in beneficial effects… Therefore, I wish to submit the following “evidence” so that you can vet it and include anything that might be of value to me (us) out here in the world of conflicting information.  Thank you.

     On Honey Health Benefits

    … evidence based science… a brief Google search provided the following…

     �� An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Bee Pollen by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration

    ABSTRACT. An evidence-based systematic review including written and statistical analysis of scientific literature, expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, pharmacology, kinetics/dynamics, interactions, adverse effects, toxicology, and dosing


     Athletic Performance Enhancement

    Summary: Preliminary studies suggest that the use of bee pollen does not significantly enhance athletic performance. However, well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this

    Evidence: No changes in objective measures of athletic performance were reported in a group of athletes taking bee pollen for 75 days. Athletic performance was evaluated in this double-blind, placebo controlled study of 46 normal healthy adults (ages 20–42 years). All subjects ingested similar capsules, one of which contained granulated brown sugar, the other 400 mg bee pollen. Six tests were administered before and after the 75-day administration period. These tests were VO2max, forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), grip strength, percent body fat, and body weight. No statistically significant differences were noted in scores (Chandler & Hawkins, 1985).

    The effects of a six-week course of pollen extract administration were investigated on a variety of physiological parameters in a group (N=20) of adolescent swimmers. At the time of the study, all subjects were
    training on a daily basis. During the course of the study, maximum oxygen uptake increased in both the treatment group and the placebo group. There were no differences between the responses of the two groups. Vital capacity showed a significant increase in the treatment group, but not in the placebo group. The number of training days missed due to upper respiratory tract infections was less in the pollen treatment group (4 days) than in the placebo group (27 days). It was suggested that if the study had been of longer duration, this may have resulted in an improved performance by the pollen treatment group due to fewer interruptions to training (Maughan & Evans, 1982)

     Cancer Treatment Side-Effects

    Summary: In a preliminary study, bee pollen was found to reduce some adverse effects of cancer treatment. Well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this field.

    Evidence: Bee pollen was effective in reducing adverse effects of cancer treatment in a double-blind, placebo controlled study of 25 women with inoperable uterine cancer. The stresses and adverse effects of radiation, such as anorexia, nausea, alopecia, inflammation, and sleeplessness were less in the bee pollen group. Leukocyte concentrations were also higher (Murray, 1991).


    Summary: In a preliminary study, bee pollen, as part of multiplant therapy, was not found to increase memory in an elderly group of subjects.  Well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this field.

     Evidence (combination study): No significant effects on memory, as determined by Wechsler Memory Scale scores, were noted in a three month, double-blind, placebo controlled, cross-over study of 100 elderly Danish volunteers taking NaO Li Su (a Chinese remedy which contains bee pollen as well as radix polygoni multiflore, semem ziziphi spinosae, radix salviae multiorhizae, fructus schisandrae, and fructus ligustris lucidae) (Iversen et al., 1997).

     Multiple Sclerosis

    Summary: In a preliminary study, bee pollen, as part of multi-bee product therapy, was found to decrease symptoms of multiple sclerosis.  Well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this field.

     Evidence (combination study): Apitherapy (including bee venom, bee pollen, and honey) improved symptoms in 92 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Three 20-day courses of bee venom 4.5 mg daily was administered over one year. Honey 30 g twice daily (orally) was administered with bee pollen 10 g daily for six months. No other therapy was given. The forms of MS in this group were cerebrospinal (70 patients) and cerebellar (22 patients). Stage I to II patients represented 72.8% and stage III to IV patients were 27.2%. Clinical improvement was seen in 100% of patients and 72.8% of disabled patients were able to return to work (Krivopalov-Moscvin, 1997). In this study the criteria used to determine clinical improvement and improvement type were not cited and no control group was mentioned.

    An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Bee Pollen by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (PDF Download Available).

  • Coconut sugar is about 50% lower than regular, brown, honey, maple syrup and agave on the glycemic scale so it does in fact make it a much better option.

  • Interesting since agave and brown rice syrup are often marketed as superior or “healthier” sweeteners, especially in the health food industry.

  • Seemed like there’s a lot of reports about the negative impacts of agave nectar with its high fructose and high carbs content. Do we still follow?

  • Made little sense really because most people now know Regular sugar is bad for you and when you say Regular sugar l guess!!!!! you are talking about white table sugar? so why are you not comparing it to Raw -cane sugar lm still in the dark.. guess ill look else where on here for the info. So what we really need is ….ls raw organic coconut sugar better for you than Raw Organic Cane sugar?

  • As the title is the healthiest sweetener then I think that all health aspects ought to have been considered. Raw honey for example appears to have valuable nutrients.