Reduced-Calorie Sugars

On my quest to discover all "sugar blends" across the country, I found 35 products.

They allow you to reduce, but not eliminate, the sugar in your recipe.

They bake & brown like sugars do, but with 25 to 75% fewer calories

Not Sugar-free. Not calorie-free.

There is A LOT to see here.

Scroll down to explore it all or, if you are short on time, make your choice below: 

Sugar Blend | with Refined Sugar
Contains white or brown sugar blended with a reduced calorie sweetener or a high intensity sweetener.

It helps consumers reduce regular sugar intake. It is designed for baking and cooking as it gives the benefits of sugar (familiar taste, rising, browning, moisture) with less calories per serving.

1/2 cup of these sugar blend sweetener is typically equal 1 cup of regular sugar
Sugar Blend | Coconut or Raw Sugar
Contains a caloric sweetener (such as coconut sugar, raw cane sugar, or fructose) blended with a reduced calorie sweetener or a high intensity sweetener.

It helps consumers reduce their sugar intake. It is designed for baking and cooking as it gives the benefits of sugar (familiar taste, rising, browning, moisture) with less calories per serving.

Also called baker's blend or baking blend,
it maintains almost the same role of the sugar replaced in baking, but with less calories.
Syrup Blends
It is a caloric sweetener in liquid form (such as honey, agave, maple syrup, or corn syrup) blended with one or more reduced calorie sweeteners and/or high intensity sweetener.
Maltodextrin | 1:1 Sugar Replacement
1:1 Sugar Replacements are sweeteners that measure spoon-for-spoon (or cup-for-cup) like regular sugar,
and mantain some of sugar's role in baking
but with less calories.

When substituting this sweetener for sugar, consumer must substitute 'equal volume', not 'equal weight', because this sweetener is much lighter than sugar.

Do not contain a sugar but have as main ingredient carbohydrates such as polysaccharides (often maltodextrin) that breaks down into glucose.
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  • The "sugar blends" above have refined sugar (from sugarcane and/or sugarbeet) combined with a high-intensity sweetener (stevia or sucralose) and a low-digestible carbohydrates (erythritol or soluble fibers).

  • They are aimed to those interested in reducing refined sugar in their baking goods, without having to eliminate it altogether. They maintain (almost) the same role of refined sugar in baking and cooking, but with 25 to 75% less calories.

  • Some of these blends are as sweet as sugar (1:1 sugar replacement), others are twice as sweet (2:1 sugar replacement) or 3x as sweet (3:1 sugar replacement).  

  • The sugar blends above contain honey or agave nectar as main ingredient, which are blended with stevia. Those blends are 2x sweeter than honey and agave nectar so should be used half as much. They maintain (almost) the same role of the syrup replaced with 50% fewer calories. 

  • Lite table syrups have corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup as predominant ingredient (typically), which are blended with high-intensity sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame-k).

  • They offer 50 percent fewer calories and sugar (per serving) than their original version, typically providing 25 cal/tablespoon. They are 2x sweeter than their original version and so, should be use half as much.  

  • Karo Lite (40 cal/tbsp) offers 33% fewer calories and sugar than the Original Karo (60 cal/tbsp).  Wholesome Lite Syrup and Aunt Jemima Original Lite do not contain high-intensity sweeteners, but offer 50% less sugar than their original version. 

  • Most lite syrups have preservatives to maintain freshness. Artificial and/or natural flavors are used to improve taste. Thickening agents (cellulose gum or xantham gum) make them more viscous. 

  • The predominant ingredient in 1:1 Sugar Replacement sweeteners above is maltodextrin, which is blended with a high intensity sweetener (sucralose, aspartame, stevia, or monk fruit), to result in a product that is as sweet as table sugar. They offer 90% fewer calories than sugar.

  • They are labeled as zero-calorie but suggested by their manufacturer to be measured as a cup-for-cup substitute for table sugar. One cup of those sugar substitutes (about 100 cal) does offer significantly less calories than table sugar (about 750 cal/cup), but it is not "zero". 

  • By law, these sweeteners may be labeled "zero calorie" because one serving (1 tsp), which is as sweet as 1 tsp of sugar, provides <5 cal. One tsp of these sweeteners provides around 2 cal (due to maltodextrin) and is rounded to zero in the Nutrition Facts label.

  • Maltodextrin-based sweeteners are included with 'sugar blends' because even though maltodextrin is not a sugar, it is broken down into sugars (maltose & glucose) in our mouth, stomach, and small intestine, being absorbed as pure glucose. 

  • Maltodextrin blends give best results when you do not replace all the sugar required in your recipes. Cakes will not rise and brown like their full-sugar counterparts. 

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