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Old 03-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Sweet Tea...

I'm from the south where sweet tea is a staple in households. Today I was making my dad some sweet tea, and of course he likes regular sugar. (I did slip some low carb pasta in his dish today and he didn't know the difference) *insert evil laugh here* My dad is the biggest food critic in our household because he's the only one not doing low carb and refuses to not have carbohydrates. Anyway, we were eating dinner and I had picked up some food with my hand and it had some sauce I made on it so I licked my finger and immediately tasted SUGAR. I guess I had some still on my hands after making tea. It was only like a little bit but it was so distinct, it almost made me sick. I was like omg, after almost 3 weeks back on plan how can I be this sensitive to sugar??!

On another note. Does anyone here still brew lipton tea with some splenda in it? I miss sweet tea and I was making it today it made me think I wanted some. I didn't have any of his though Any suggestions?
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:16 AM   #2
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I brew a pitcher of unsweetened tea and then sweeten each glass as needed with splenda or the NuNatural liquid stevia with no alcohol.It doesn't have that bitter after taste.
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I do the same as Pat65. I keep a bottle of liquid stevia in my purse so that I can have tea in a restaurant. I don't use Splenda unless I do something stupid, like leave my expensive stevia behind at a restaurant, order tea, and can't find my stevia because its not in my purse
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We always have a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge! I haven't sweetened it with sugar in years though. I use about 3/4 of a cup of Splenda and maybe 1/8 of a tsp of Stevia to sweeten a gallon of tea. It works for us and I've had company drink it who didn't know the difference.
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I buy sweet tea by the gallon at Walmart for Dh that is sweetend with Nutrasweet I think?
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I carry this in my purse to sweeten my tea and coffee when I'm out and about. When I'm home, I sweeten pitchers of black or herbal tea with the same liquid Splenda. It tasted great to me.


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I find that sweetning my tea with the liquid splenda instead of powdered makes a huge difference...it doesn't have that funny after taste with out the powdered fillers. Erythritol/truvia also tastes good in sweet tea.
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I always have sweet tea on hand, made from a wide variety of black, green, and herbal teas. I put three tea bags in two quarts of filtered water and sweeten them with a few drops of liquid Sucralose. After a few hours in the refrigerator, the tea is deliciously cold-brewed.
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I carry this in my purse to sweeten my tea and coffee when I'm out and about. When I'm home, I sweeten pitchers of black or herbal tea with the same liquid Splenda. It tasted great to me.


I just ordered some of this. I'm pretty excited to try it
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Ntombi - gorgeous nails! Love the shape and color!

On topic: I find erythritol and stevia makes the closest to sugar mix for sweet southern tea. I use truvia if I'm feeling lazy, or I mix my own.
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Thanks, that was last summer, so the color's gone, but the shape is my natural nails. That color was super popular, so many people I know were wearing it on fingers or toes last summer! It flattered a lot of skin tones.
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I think when you fist start low carbing and afterward, you can become very sensitive to faint tastes of sugar and even the smell of it. Walk down the baking goods aisle of the grocery store and have your olfactory nerve assaulted by 'cookiecakebrowniepancakefrostingjello'...etc. Mmm-hmm.

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I think when you fist start low carbing and afterward, you can become very sensitive to faint tastes of sugar and even the smell of it. Walk down the baking goods aisle of the grocery store and have your olfactory nerve assaulted by 'cookiecakebrowniepancakefrostingjello'...etc. Mmm-hmm.
This is so TRUE because I was in the store yesterday looking for some bread for my dad and I've never shopped at this grocery store. Guess what happened...my senses seem to be more sensitive to what's good and evil. Do you know that I was able to SNIFF out where the bread was. I was looking and looking and smelled something like bread turned around and there it was like 10 ft away. Amazing stuff.
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I make a gallon of tea every day and sweeten with stevia
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I was looking at sugars today at the store and got caught up in what was the right one to get for baking. I read splenda had fillers. Can anyone educate me on sweeteners. I do have the liquid sucralose coming but i'd like a granular version for other things that is ok.
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There are a lot of different opinions on sweeteners. Some people won't use any "fake" sweeteners or sugar alcohols or man made type stuff. Some people will use anything that tastes good. It's sort of trial and error to find what you like.

I prefer stevia as its natural and i like the flavor. I use both liquid extracts and the powdered stavia but not the types you can buy in Grocery stores. I order in bulk from Netrition.

Hope that helps.

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Any advice helps I used to use Splenda the first go around with LC but I tried it on this go around and it just doesn't take as right to me as it did then. I'm going to look at the stevia on netrition. Thank you Is it a specific brand that you get or do I just look up stevia?
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I like the NOW brand.
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Awesome! Thank you, i'm looking right now.
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I don't use anything with fillers (other than water!), so I use liquid Splenda (sweetzfree) and SF syrups almost exclusively. I haven't liked any of the stevia versions I've tried so far. Xylitol is okay, but expensive, and not worth the difference for me.
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So you think the sweetzfree would be good in recipes? or do you use it that way?
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I do use it in recipes. I just made some mini cheesecakes, using a mix of SF coconut syrup and sweetzfree, just like normal.

It does make a difference in the volume, but I don't mind that. some people like the bulk of powders in some things, but I don't like the fillers, so I work around it.
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I actually had my mind on mini cheesecakes while I'm looking for a sweetener. What is meant by bulk?
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Literally the volume. It's different with a mix of syrup and sweetzfree. It's fine in the cheesecake, because it's supposed to be that dense consistency, but in something that's not supposed to be lighter and fluffier, it can make a difference.
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O ok I see, I've always used Splenda in LC cheesecake so i'm trying to explore alternatives
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I got my sweetzfree in the mail today and we went out to tea. I ordered unsweetened tea and put about 4 drops of this in there. It did taste good. One problem, now I'm bouncing off the of the walls due to the caffeine in the tea!!! I haven't had caffeine in 4 weeks...I think this will be a every so often thing for me because I'm not sure about this caffeine rush right now...
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LOL! That is something to consider. *as I sit here, drinking a large diet coke*



I drink a ton of water, much more water than anything else. When I want to have iced tea or a soda, I make sure to drink a lot of water before and after, and if I'm eating out, I alternate a glass of water with a glass of tea (I go through three or four glasses with a meal). Drinking mostly water, and sipping the tea throughout your meal might work for you instead.

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Good idea!! I need to drink more water, I drink water i just need more!
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I buy sweet tea by the gallon at Walmart for Dh that is sweetend with Nutrasweet I think?
I like this tea as well. Good with some lemon and ice!

Recently, I also bought the Trade Winds brand and it's tasty as well.

There is another good that is sold at Krogers...can't remember the name right now.
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