There is so much talk about healthy alternatives to sugar, and so many different kinds of sugar substitutes, that it's hard to figure out which one is best. I was interested to see how they all compare to each other. I did not rank them according to what is healthiest, but categorized them in rows based on the NET CARBS of each product. (To get a net carb count, subtract sugar alcohols and fiber from the total carb count.) The net carbs are what really matter, since that's what's getting metabolized into glucose. Some of these products contain sugar alcohols, which pass through the body without being broken down, so even though they have calories, the body cannot access them.
Some of these products are better for sweetening and some better for baking. Many of these items are actually naturally sweeter than sugar, so even though they have the same nutrition content, you would use less of it than granulated cane sugar (like agave syrup for example). I love the taste of real sugar, but if something can taste just as good without the calories? Sign me up! So there you have it, test out some of these products and see which one you like.