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Old 04-28-2010, 08:08 AM   #1
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Is Splenda better than Equal or Sweet 'N Low?

I've noticed that when people post about what they are eating, the sweetner being used is always Splenda. Is there something about it that is more LC friendly than the others? I don't notice a difference in taste, but know they are different artificial sweetners. Thanks!
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Personal choice.
They each took there turn - giving mice cancer.
I don't use any of them often - but don't fear any either.


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I agree that we shouldn't use much - the entire point is to stop craving sweets. That being said, FAGE yogurt is pretty grim without a touch of sweetness! (:
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I personally prefer Sweet & Low (Saccharin). I like the taste better. I also heard it's more prone to give you cancer, but then again, everything has been linked to cancer, so I'm picking and choosing my battles at this point in my life, and sweet & low aint one of em.

I tried to use Equal (aspertame) the other day but it just doesn't taste right. I don't like it much.

I really hate the after taste of splenda (sucralose), that's why I don't like using it. I do use it from time to time though.

I think you have to decide what's important to you and whether you are concerned about the alleged "health" issues related to sweeteners.
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I've noticed that when people post about what they are eating, the sweetner being used is always Splenda. Is there something about it that is more LC friendly than the others? I don't notice a difference in taste, but know they are different artificial sweetners. Thanks!
I don't know which is "better" but I like the taste of Splenda over the other two who I feel have an after-taste. But that's me.
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IF you are in Canada or can get from Canada Sugar Tiwn is the best of the sweetners IMHO
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Splenda tastes better to me but it is stil a processed food.

Nutrasweet, don't get me started. I am a diet coke addict, but I have given up the Nutrasweet and interesting thing is my ketosis is more purple on the sticks, I feel better, no more headaches, and I don't miss it.

Saccharine I like and use when I have no access to my new fave sweetener which is True-Via (Its a Stevia based sweetener with Erythritol)

YMMV!
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I was also curious if one or the other artificial sweetners had less of an impact on the insulin production. Isn't one of the problems with diet sodas is that your body thinks you had sugar and sends out the insulin response? I think I read that somewhere!
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I just read this and that is why I gave up diet coke 10 days ago. I am going to see if I see any results.
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I think the splenda tastes much better than the others when used in baking.
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I was also curious if one or the other artificial sweetners had less of an impact on the insulin production. Isn't one of the problems with diet sodas is that your body thinks you had sugar and sends out the insulin response? I think I read that somewhere!
Yes, it is in the DANDR book. And I think it is a matter of YMMV
If I recall correctly, he recommends Splenda because it is less likely to affect the insulin response.
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I'm not a Splenda fan (it makes me hungry and it's overly sweet) and you couldn't pay me to use aspartame. I prefer saccharine, but rarely use any sweeteners. If I had the choice between putting Splenda, aspartame or saccharine in my tea, I'd choose the saccharine.
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I like Stevia but it's pricey and personally gives me heart flutters. But so does wheat and a number of foods. But Stevia is not linked to any health issues like cancer (saccharin), mental decline, neural damage or Alzheimer's (aspartame), or kidney trouble (sucralose.)


Aspartame prompts an insulin response. Which could stifle weight loss.


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Splenda is my sweet of choice. Don't like stevia or most of the other choices. It is a personal choice.
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Hi Peggy…
Some people eat low carb for health reasons, some to lose weight, and some are trying to find and eat only the most healthy products.

There really is no need to have a negative attitude about sweeteners. I find the negative-speak about non-sugar sweeteners a bit like the anti-girl talk our sons (we raised 4 of em) used to engage in. Calling them names and saying 'Oh yuck - it's a gurl!!' and holding their noses...

I am glad they all changed and are happily married now.

I have concluded for me it's a matter of choosing a personal sweetener and enjoying it. One can find good and bad reports about all of them (including sugar not especially sugar). But you will not catch me bad-mouthing or avoiding them particularly (I also don't eat them directly from the package or spoon).

In fact, if sugar were not so carb-laden and fattening most of us here would prefer it or honey to the choices we have...

I like different sweeteners for different 'jobs'. Erythritol is probably my favorite granular, and Splenda liquid my favorite all-purpose. A mixture when cooking.

I’m not worried about stirring up desire - we are human and designed by our creator to desire good things to eat...and sweet is one of those things we are supposed to like.

In fact I’m really quite happy to sit down with a few luscious strawberries and either some powdered Splenda, Erythritol, or NutraSweet and 'enjoy' them.

And you are so right, Yogurt is better with a touch-o-the-sweet.

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My favorite sweeteners outside of the three you mentioned:

Sweetleaf stevia (in tea, coffee, yogurt, etc)
erythritol & xylitol (used in baking and other recipes)
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I use Xylitol and I have never read one bad thing about it anywhere. Here's a snippet:

"Control of blood glucose, lipids and weight are the three major goals of diabetes management today. Xylitol is slowly absorbed. Therefore, when xylitol is used, the rise in blood glucose and insulin response associated with the ingestion of glucose is significantly reduced. The reduced caloric value (2.4 calories per gram versus 4.0 for sugar) of xylitol is consistent with the objective of weight control"

There was a study of it in England regarding dental health with a group of children. Children that used Xylitol had signficantly less cavities.

I think it tastes fine and I use it in cooking too. I chew the gum and I use the Xylitol toothpaste.

PS - I heard that it is toxic to dogs!!
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I agree that we shouldn't use much - the entire point is to stop craving sweets. That being said, FAGE yogurt is pretty grim without a touch of sweetness! (:
I like a product called stevita flavors for flavoring things like yogurt. There is a liquid and a powder and it's pretty close to natural! Stevia hasn't given any mice cancer nor excitotoxic effects on the human brain.

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"saccharine is still widely considered unhealthy, despite being absolved of any carcinogenic activity in humans over twenty years ago..." GCBC, page 70

I prefer Sweet 'N Low in iced tea.
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I prefer the taste of Splenda, Aspartame gives me a headache, and after a while I gave them all up because I don't need things sweetened to enjoy them.
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I prefer Sweet 'N Low in iced tea.
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I prefer the taste of slpenda,but I try not to use it daily.I use it mostly in my iced tea,because I don't like the taste of diet drinks too much.
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"saccharine is still widely considered unhealthy, despite being absolved of any carcinogenic activity in humans over twenty years ago..." GCBC, page 70

I prefer Sweet 'N Low in iced tea.

I think the deal with that test was the astronomical amount they gave the mice.

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I use stevia, and actually that's only rarely when I decide to have a cup of coffee. Other than that, I don't use anything.

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They disproved the whole saccharin=cancer thing in the last couple years. Apparently in the study this idea was based on, they were feeding the mice about a third their body weight in saccharin - or something similar ridiculous proportion.

I've found that aspartame spikes my insulin and I've gotten hypoglycemic attacks after using it. Not always, but often enough to make me wary.

Splenda tastes better and so far no major insulin issues. Of course it remains to be seen if it's a health risk. It's more expensive, but you can find it in store brands now.
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I use whatever I have on hand or whatever was on sale that week. That being said I do notice that when I cut out all artificial sweeteners my brain fog lifts. Of course all that really means is that I am now aware of how irritated I am with not being able to drink anything but water
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i prefer splenda i suppose, but i'm really not picky. i have about a tsp worth a day in my coffee unless i wind up at starbucks, then i have a coffee sweetened with their sf syrup...not sure what they use and i'm too lazy to go in my kitchen and check what the bottles i buy from them say either
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"saccharine is still widely considered unhealthy, despite being absolved of any carcinogenic activity in humans over twenty years ago..." GCBC, page 70

I prefer Sweet 'N Low in iced tea.


Glad to know I can use my Sweet N low worry free now. It's what I prefer.
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I think I will just check out the different types and see what I like. I don't use a lot of artificial sweetners, either, but there are some things that just need it - like iced tea and plain yogurt. Thanks for all of the feedback!
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