Our expert says:
I am not sure where you obtained the energy values for your nutritive sweeteners, but according to the SA Food Tables, 100 g of white sugar provides 1612 kJ, so 1 teaspoon of sugar (5g)provides 80,6 kJ.
100 g of brown sugar provides 1561 kJ, so 1 teaspoon (5g) provides 78,1 kJ.
100 g of honey provides 1271 kJ, so 1 teaspoon (5g) provides 63,6 kJ. Therefore, using 1 teaspoon of honey will provide the least energy per cup of coffee if you decide to use so-called "caloric sweeteners" (i.e. sweeteners which provide energy). If you decide to use non-caloric sweeteners then aspartame with only 0,7 kJ of course has the lowest energy content.
Despite all the negative stories that circulate on the Internet, aspartame has been declared safe for human consumption by most international nutrition authorities, so there should not be a problem with using it in your coffee.
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