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Baking with a healthier sugar option called Lite&Sweet

This is a promotional post. Opinions are my own

Are you still using sugar? Baking is a favorite activity enjoyed by almost every household in the world. Those delicious treats have a long list of ingredients adding up to high calories and carbs. You put all that effort into baking and then feel guilty eating all the calories when done. From the vanilla you choose to the sugar can start cutting those calorie and carb counts instead of adding to the overall count.

If you are still baking with original granulated sugar, you are adding up to 16 calories per tsp and we all know most recipes requires multiple teaspoons. You are also adding about 4.2 grams of carbs per teaspoon. What does this look like for an average chocolate chip cookie recipe? The average amount of granulated sugar needed for the recipe is 3/4 cup or more. That is 36 teaspoons or 576 calories just in sugar added to those cookies. The human body can only tolerate 12-15 grams of sugar before it converts it to fat and you can get there with just a cookie or two using regular sugar. Not to mention that leaves you with an added 400 grams of carbs or more.

Baking with Lite&Sweet adds less than 4 calories per teaspoon and 0 carbs. Why are you still using granulated sugar? Is it the cost? Looking at these calorie and carb numbers, does a discounted bag still justify your decision of what sugar to purchase? For me it does not!

Sweet Cornbread

This recipe is super easy and is actually just about adding a few extras to your standard cornbread recipe. If using a box of Jiff or other cornbread recipe, add 1 cup of frozen corn (still frozen) and 1/4 c of melted butter to the recipe but a tad (about 1/4c) less milk. Now it gets sweeter! Just before baking, sprinkle the top with XyloSweet. Bake as directed but on a bottom rack or top will brown too fast.

I am not allowed to make cornbread any other way in my house now and it is so delicious with a bit of crunch on top!

About Lite&Sweet from Xlear

Lite&Sweet uses Xylitol. This is a natural forming sweetener (or sugar alcohol) that is found in fruits and vegetables. It is so natural that your liver produces xylitol daily to aid in metabolism function. It has a 1:1 sweetness ratio to sugar. It looks and tastes just like sugar with less calories.

Are you diabetic? Standard sugar rates 85 on the glycemic index and Lite&Sweet ranks 7! This is because xylitol releases into the bloodstream at a much slower rate. Xylitol cannot be metabolized by bacteria and yeast like standard sugar can. The molecule is too small. This means it is healthier on the gums and teeth. Yes, the xylitol in Lite&Sweet is actually good for you and is even recommended you consume at least some everyday for oral health. If you don’t believe me, I encourage you visit Xlear to learn more.

Lite &Sweet and XyloSweet (the non-lite version) sweeteners from Xlear are non-GMO and gluten free. To use for baking you just switch out the granulated sugar with Lite&Sweet or XyloSweet at a 1:1 ratio. Very easy and much healthier too! I use it for baking, coffee and teas. Find these helalhier sweeteners at your local health store like Super Supplements and Whole Foods. There is a store locator on their website or you can buy directly from http://www.xlear.com/.

Love the benefits of Xylitol you just read? You can find Xylitol in dental & gum products like Spry and sinus health products like Xlear. It really is fascinating to watch their videos and read about how xylitol is so beneficial! The best news of all is that you can soon find the Spry products at most CVS stores and Kroger locations.

Now that you are excited about Xylitol, what did you learn? Did you go watch a video on their site? Did you learn a lot?

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