aka Reduced Calorie Sugar, Reduced Sugar Blend, Less Sugar Blend, or Baking Blend

  • On my quest to discover all sweeteners with reduced sugar content in stores across the USA, I found 35 products 

  • As the name implies, these blends are not sugar-free, nor zero calories; they are reduced calorie sweeteners

  • Maintain the texture, baking and browning properties of the sugar (caloric sweetener) it replaces, but with 25 - 75% fewer calories

  • Contain a sugar (caloric sweetener), which is blended with a low-digestible sweetener and/or a high intensity sweetener

  • Are typically twice as sweet as table sugar, i.e., half teaspoon of these blends is equal to one teaspoon of table sugar

  • The Cup-for-Cup sweeteners are as sweet as table sugar and so, measure like it on a 1:1 ratio; 1 cup sweetener = 1 cup table sugar

  • Solid blends (powder, granulated) have as main ingredient sugars such as refined sugar (white or brown), raw sugar, or coconut sugar

  • Liquid blends have as main ingredient a syrup such as honey, maple syrup, agave, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup

  • Advantage: Maintain (almost) the same role as the sugar or syrup (caloric sweetener) replaced, but with fewer calories

There is A LOT to see here.

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

Less Sugar Blend | w/ 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
Less Sugar Blend | w/ other Sugars
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.
Cup-For-Cup | w/ Maltodextrin
Are tabletop 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.
Less Sugar Blend | Syrups
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.
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aka Sugar Blend

  • Is refined sugar (from cane and/or beet) blended with low-digestible carbohydrates and/or high intensity sweeteners

  • Aimed to consumers interested in reducing refined sugar in their baking goods, without having to eliminate it altogether

  • Maintains (almost) the same role of refined sugar in baking and cooking, but with 25 to 75% less calories

  • Most of these blends are twice as sweet as white or brown sugar; 1 cup 'sugar blend' = 2 cups table sugar 



  • Tabletop sweeteners in which the predominant ingredient is a sugar (caloric sweetener) such as raw sugar, coconut sugar, fructose, or ribose

  • One of these sugars (calric sweeteners) is blended with a low-digestible sweetener and/or high intensity sweetener

  • These blends are often twice as sweet as table sugar or the caloric sweetener it replaces; 1 tsp of 'sugar blend' = 2 tsp table sugar

  • The advantage of these sugar blends is they maintain almost the same role of the sugar or syrup it replaces, but with 25 to 75% fewer calories.



aka Measure Like Sugar Blend

  • These are tabletop sweeteners labeled as zero-calorie but suggested by their manufacturer to be measured as a cup-for-cup substitute for table sugar. Their predominant ingredient is maltodextrin, which is blended with a high intensity sweetener (HIS), to result in a product that is as sweet as table sugar. The HIS used is sucralose, aspartame, stevia, or monk fruit.


  • Maltodextrin-based sweeteners that measure like sugar on a 1:1 ratio are included with 'blends with less sugar' 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. 


  • By law, these sweeteners may be labeled as 'no calorie sweetener' because one serving (1 tsp), which is as sweet as 1 tsp of table sugar, provides less than 5 cal. One tsp of these sweeteners provide around 2 cal (due to maltodextrin) and is rounded to zero in the Nutrition Facts label. However, a cup (about 48 tsp) of them provides almost 100 calories



  • It is a blend of sweeteners in which the predominant ingredient is a syrup (liquid caloric sweetener) such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup

  • The calories of theses caloric sweeteners are reduced by combining them with a reduced calorie sweetener and/or high intensity sweetener, to result in a product that is 2 to 4x sweeter than the syrup it replaces

  • The advantage of these blends is that they maintain (almost) the same role of the syrup replaced, but with 33 to 90% fewer calories. Syrups may contain aditional ingredients such as preservatives, flavors, and thickening agents (see '+ ingredients' below)

  • Most lite table syrups provide 50% fewer calories than their original table syrup, have about 100 calories per serving, and contain preservatives, thickening agents (cellulose gum or xantham gum), and artificial and/or natural flavors. 


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