Erika Answers More Questions

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Here are answers to a few more questions from the Ask Erika event.

Are all sugars the same?

Nutritive sweeteners contain calories/sugar/carbohydrates. Some are found naturally, like fructose in fruit. Some are added sugars – added prior to eating or in preparation/processing. Nutritive sweeteners include granulated sugar, honey, agave, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, brown sugar, syrup, coconut sugar, date sugar.

Nonnutritive sweeteners are zero or low calorie alternatives. They are usually sweeter than regular sugar so less is needed. They are also lower in calories than regular sugar because not all is absorbed by the digestive system. Nonnutritive sweeteners include Acesulfame-K (Sweet One), aspartame (Equal), neotame, saccharin (Sweet n Low), sucralose (Splenda), stevia, and monk fruit.

Is buttermilk a healthy choice?

Cultured buttermilk is made from cow’s milk and has a sour taste caused by lactic acid bacteria produced while fermenting lactose. It is thicker than regular milk. It’s fine to drink if you like the flavor. It’s commonly used as a marinade since the lactic acid helps to tenderize protein. To compare: 1 cup of buttermilk contains ~100 calories and 2 grams of fat; 1 cup of whole milk contains ~160 calories and 9 grams of fat. Both contain the same amount of carbohydrates and protein. Since buttermilk has less calories and fat, it is a healthy choice.

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