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Old 03-13-2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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Stevia vs. xylitol - which is better?

I'm on Netrition right now to order some sweetner to replace the Splenda I've been using (too many carbs). I was planning on buying stevia powder extract, but I ran across xylitol which measures just like sugar. While this would make cooking easier, it works out to be a lot more expensive than stevia and it warns of a laxative effect.

Have you tried both? Which do you prefer? I'm concerned about the sugar alcohols in the xylitol from a blood sugar standpoint. Also, I want the most natural product possible.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:04 AM   #2
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I love the Stevia liquid personally for everyday use. Mixes a bit easier than the powder. I recently purchased some of the flavored liquid Stevia from Netrition and love them. I think, although not completely sure, you may get more use from the Stevia (in any form) than from the Xylitol.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:06 AM   #3
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I like Stevia liquid. Have not tried xylitol other than in chewing gum
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:06 PM   #4
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There are 4 carbs per teaspoon and may cause a laxative effect! Yikes. Also, it still affects your blood sugar.

Stick with stevia - At least that started out as a plant and does not affect your blood sugar
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I would either try the splenda quick packs or the stevia.

As for sugar alcohols, xylitol is okay, but I prefer erythritol because the calories are so low. (I've never believed the whole net carb thing when it comes to SA's.) But it's also really expensive, so I only use it when I'm making something that needs sugar properties.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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Xylitol vs Stevia

I have tried both stevia and xylitol based products and like xylitol MUCH better. It tastes just like regular sugar both out of the packet and added to a drink such as coffee or tea. Although stevia tasted like sugar right out of the packet, it left an aftertaste when I added it to coffee or tea. I never experienced a laxative effect with xylitol, but I incorporated it into my diet slowly as I weened myself away from sugar completely. According to a website, if one does experience a laxative effect (usually by ingesting more than 25 grams per day initially), it's only temporary until the body becomes used to it. Yes, xylitol is more expensive than stevia and has all the same benefits but, it all boils down to taste for me, and with that said, xylitol wins.
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I use xylitol and erythritol for baking and stevia for cold and hot drinks.
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I'm allergic to stevia, so can't help you there.

I prefer erythritol over xylitol. I think xylitol has more of the cooling, minty effect than erythritol. I've never had any intestinal problems with erythritol or xylitol.

Have you tried liquid Splenda? No carbs.

Netrition carries EZ-sweet. I use SweetzFree.
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