We're all on a mission to cut down our sugar intake and burn off those extra calories, so it's with a smile on our face that we can say the quantity and quality of sugar substitutes has increased rapidly over the past few years. You can take your pick from carob powder to Stevia, agave syrup to coconut sugars.
How many calories do these contain
Sugar is a carbohydrate, meaning it contains 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates. A teaspoon of sugar contains around 16 calories, being 4 grams. On the other hand, sugar substitutes normally contain either zero calories or pretty close to zero, unless you opt for a syrup. Most importantly, most won't raise your insulin levels.