Natural Sweetener List

The following is a full natural sweetener list outlining all types available sorted alphabetically. The first section is for zero calorie natural sweeteners. 

The second section is for natural sweeteners like honey that contain sugar and calories. 

I have rated them out of 10, a higher score being better. Just because a sweetener is natural does not mean that it is safe to consume in large quantities. Pear juice could be considered a natural sweetener, but it is very high in fructose. Concentrated apple juice is sometimes used as a sweetener in health bars and drinks. Again it is high in fructose, and is better consumed in small quantities.

Natural Sweetener List for Zero Calorie Sweeteners


Brazzein
Source: Oubli Climbing Plant - native to West Africa.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Excellent 8/10.
Total Score: 16/20

Curculin
Source: Fruit of Curculigo Latifolia from Malaysia.
Safety: Good 7/10.
Taste: Alters taste perception 6/10.
Total Score: 13/20

Glycyrrhizin (E958)
Source: Extracted from licorice root.
Safety: Some concerns 4/10.
Taste: Strong licorice flavour 3/10.
Total Score: 7/20

Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit)
Source: Monk Fruit native to the Guangxi province in China.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 15/20

Miraculin
Source: Miracle Fruit from West Africa.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Alters taste perception 6/10.
Total Score: 14/20

Monellin
Source: Serendipity Berry from Central and West Africa..
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 15/20

Pentadin
Source: Oubli Climbing Plant - native to West Africa.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 15/20

Stevia
Source: Stevia is a plant native to South America.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Some aftertaste 5/10.
Total Score: 13/20

Stevioside (E960)
Source: Extract of Stevia plant from South America.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 15/20

Thaumatin (E957)
Source: Katemfe Fruit which is native to Sudan.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Taste: Strong aftertaste 4/10.
Total Score: 12/20


Natural Sweetener List for Caloric Sweeteners


Agave Syrup - Modified Sugar
Source: Agave Plant.
Safety: High in fructose 2/10.
Benefits: Low 1/10
Taste: Good 8/10.
Total Score: 11/30

Barley Malt Syrup - Modified Sugar
Source: Barley Malt.
Safety: Fairly high in sugar 6/10.
Benefits: Some nutrients & some medicinal uses 6/10
Taste: Not very sweet 5/10.
Total Score: 17/30

Brown Rice Syrup - Modified Sugar
Source: Brown Rice.
Safety: Fairly high in sugar 6/10.
Benefits: Some nutrients 5/10
Taste: Not very sweet 5/10.
Total Score: 16/30

Blackstrap Molasses - Sugar Extract
Source: Cane Sugar.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Good source of nutrients 8/10
Taste: Strong taste 5/10.
Total Score: 18/30

Cane Juice - Sugar Extract
Source: Cane Sugar.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Contains some nutrients 4/10
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 16/30

Coconut Palm Sugar - Sugar Extract
Source: Coconut Palm.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Source of nutrients 6/10
Taste: Very good 8/10.
Total Score: 19/30

Honey - Natural Sugar
Source: Honey Bees.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Has medicinal qualities 8/10
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 20/30

Maple Syrup - Sugar Extract
Source: Maple Trees.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Source of nutrients 6/10
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 18/30

Palm Sugar - Sugar Extract
Source: Palm Trees.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Source of nutrients 5/10
Taste: Good 7/10.
Total Score: 17/30

Sorghum Syrup - Sugar Extract
Source: Sorghum Cane.
Safety: High in sugar 5/10.
Benefits: Source of nutrients 6/10
Taste: Good 6/10.
Total Score: 17/30

Yacon Syrup - Natural Sweetener
Source: Yacon Root.
Safety: Good 8/10.
Benefits: Medicinal qualities 8/10
Taste: Good but strong flavor 5/10.
Total Score: 21/30


Conclusions and Summary:

The rating system for this natural sweetener list is obviously not perfect! Everybody has a different sense of taste, and side effects vary from one person to another. (Even natural sweeteners can produce side effects in individuals!) It is an attempt to provide a general guideline, which I hope will be useful. As more information becomes available I will attempt to fine tune the scores.


Best Zero Calorie Natural Sweeteners:
Brazzein 16/20, Stevioside 15/20, Luo Han Guo 15/20 

Avoid:
Glycyrrhizin: 7/20


Best Caloric Natural Sweeteners:
Yacon Syrup 21/30, Honey 20/30, Coconut Palm Sugar 19/30 

Avoid:
Agave Syrup: 11/30 





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