Whether it's cheat day or you're looking for a quick way to replenish glycogen stores after a crazy-intense workout, finding a smart way to indulge your sweet tooth can get confusing when there are dozens of sugars and sugar alternatives on the market, from agave to monk fruit to stevia to date syrup.
An important factor to keep in mind is where the sweetener falls on the glycemic index, or GI. The lower a food's GI, the less of an effect it has on blood sugar and insulin levels. Pure glucose ranks at 100 and sits at the top of the glycemic index. Other foods that come in close to 100 are white bread, white rice, and watermelon.
To give you an idea of where the most popular sweeteners fall on the GI (and how many calories are in each), we've compiled the facts on what you’re putting in your body.
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