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Old 03-24-2014, 05:54 AM   #31
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If Stevia gives you a bitter aftertaste then it will no matter which type you buy. The foundation is the same although you can buy different flavoring. Just like the sweetness the bitter aftertaste also comes from the plant so there is no way around it if the product is made with Stevia.
That has not been my experience. Some brands are bitter, to me, and others aren't.
I find the liquid Now Stevia Glycerite has the most pleasant taste, to me.
Some of the brands recommended by others I thought were awful.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:46 AM   #32
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If Stevia gives you a bitter aftertaste then it will no matter which type you buy. The foundation is the same although you can buy different flavoring. Just like the sweetness the bitter aftertaste also comes from the plant so there is no way around it if the product is made with Stevia.
I find that the organic powdered stevia at wholefoods has no aftertaste whatsover. However, stevia in the raw tastes very bitter to me. So in my case it does matter which type I buy.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:14 AM   #33
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I use sucralose in tea and coffee, and homemade SF lemonade. I rarely make sweets, but I do use a small amount of sweetener in some savory recipes as well. Last night, I made ginger garlic wings, and I added a touch of sucralose to the sauce.
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I only use Stevia, Xylitol, and Erythritol. Anything else doesn't agree with me (or my husband). I also use Stevia to half or three-quarter sweeten something, then finish with a touch of natural honey, maple syrup, or unrefined sugar. In small enough quantity, any sweetener is low enough carb for me. The Stevia gets the taste most of the way there and then the natural sweetener finishes it. I don't like Stevia on its own.
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Hi! I just want to thank everyone again for sharing information on this subject. Interesting and helpful!
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:56 AM   #36
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I rarely use AS because I discovered that the 'sweet' taste alone would set off cravings for carbs...and not just sweet carbs. I no longer drink diet pop and I've never put sweetener in my tea or coffee but would still occasionally make my low carb cheesecake or even Flax/almond meal muffins and use EZ Sweet in them. Even my family likes the cheesecake made with EZ Sweet and they normally would choose to abstain rather than eat anything with an AS.

However, after being almost AS free, I made a small cheesecake the other day and left out the AS completely...and I liked it. I think it's just a case of retraining our taste buds.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:15 AM   #37
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I am eating a cheesecake muffin right now.
I made the batch of 8 with 10 packets of monks fruit and some sf chocolate syrup (splenda) and xylitol.
No after taste at all.

I like xylitol the best BUT it gives me gastrointestinal upset because I tend to overindulge with sweets.
Sweets are my drug of choice.

Only tried Stevia in the raw and Trader Joe's stevia - as much as I *want* to like it, the after taste is so hard for me.
I have a bottle of some kind of liquid sweetener - stevia based - still a bitter after taste, but not as bad...I'm still going to try the EZ sweet or something else.

Hopefully I can rid myself of sweets altogether, but in the mean time I am ok with using AS to not feel deprived.
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Have you not tried replacing the xylitol with erythritol? It's less GI and isn't known for much gastrointestinal problems unlike most of the other sugar alcohols.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:07 AM   #39
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:43 AM   #40
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Has anyone tried Natural Mate? It's erythritol and sucrose. Also says it's non gmo.

I just bought some and used it to make avocado/coconut popsicles. Fingers crossed, two experiments in one.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:15 PM   #41
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Are you sure it's sucrose? Sucrose is sugar
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:38 PM   #42
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Are you sure it's sucrose? Sucrose is sugar
Oops...sucralose. Hmm, I think auto-correct needs to be schooled.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:40 PM   #43
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After trying out many different combinations I realized that the closest to the "real thing" was a mixture of erythritol and Splenda (sucralose). So I think it's likely that product will be great.
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Thanks to this thread I now have a Netrition order with some erythritol powder and a bottle of EZ Sweetz. I have Splenda and do use that.

Can someone tell me the ratio of the erythritol and Splenda that you use in recipes?
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I usually do 50/50 or 1/3 Splenda and 2/3 Erythritol. Depends both on the recipe and how cheap I am at the moment (Erythritol being more expensive and less sweet)
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:10 PM   #46
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I'm in the Splenda camp. I'd like to try xylitol because I liked the Ice Chips candy with it, but until I get through this Costco sized Splenda bag...
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Have you not tried replacing the xylitol with erythritol? It's less GI and isn't known for much gastrointestinal problems unlike most of the other sugar alcohols.
I will do that
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Ok good Personally I think they taste about as good but erythritol doesn't have the same problems.

Plus xylitilol says it has 1/3 of the calories of sugar so I would never dare to count the carbs from it as 0 like with non-caloric erythritol.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:26 PM   #49
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I prefer stevia, KAL brand, and erythritol or the blend Steviva. The trick with stevia is to use very little then enhance the sweetness with some erythritol. I rarely go over 1/8 tsp of stevia in any recipe. In my zucchini mufin recipe I use 1/8 tsp stevia and 2 tbs Steviva and it's the perfect sweetness for me.

I've used all the others but will no longer use or consume anything with aspartame, ACE-K or sucralose in it, as well as the others like tagatose, poly-d, isomalt, glycerine, saccharin.


Just a heads up on the KAL white stevia extract, they have changed their formula and are now adding maltodextrin to it. You have to get the organic KAL stevia now to get it with out it. Be sure to check your labels and be careful because some retailers still don't show it on their websites in the supplement facts/product details.
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I prefer stevia, KAL brand, and erythritol or the blend Steviva. The trick with stevia is to use very little then enhance the sweetness with some erythritol. I rarely go over 1/8 tsp of stevia in any recipe. In my zucchini mufin recipe I use 1/8 tsp stevia and 2 tbs Steviva and it's the perfect sweetness for me.

I've used all the others but will no longer use or consume anything with aspartame, ACE-K or sucralose in it, as well as the others like tagatose, poly-d, isomalt, glycerine, saccharin.


Just a heads up on the KAL white stevia extract, they have changed their formula and are now adding maltodextrin to it. You have to get the organic KAL stevia now to get it with out it. Be sure to check your labels and be careful because some retailers still don't show it on their websites in the supplement facts/product details.
My KAL stevia is from a vendor on Amazon and, according to the label, it contains no maltodextrin. I will be calling them before ordering again to make sure they still have the pure stevia. I won't purchase any containing maltodextrin & I will make that very clear.

I found a lot of outraged reviews by KAL customers on amazon regarding the added, but unmentioned, ingredient.

I do not really care for the KAL organic stevia so I will be looking for other brands of pure stevia if that becomes KAL's only option.
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Just a heads up on the KAL white stevia extract, they have changed their formula and are now adding maltodextrin to it. You have to get the organic KAL stevia now to get it with out it. Be sure to check your labels and be careful because some retailers still don't show it on their websites in the supplement facts/product details.
Thanks for the heads up. I'm still using the same bottle from almost a decade ago, but it's getting low. I wouldn't have thought there'd be any extra ingredients.

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My KAL stevia is from a vendor on Amazon and, according to the label, it contains no maltodextrin. I will be calling them before ordering again to make sure they still have the pure stevia. I won't purchase any containing maltodextrin & I will make that very clear.

I found a lot of outraged reviews by KAL customers on amazon regarding the added, but unmentioned, ingredient.

I do not really care for the KAL organic stevia so I will be looking for other brands of pure stevia if that becomes KAL's only option.
What is it that you don't like about the organic stevia? How is it different from the regular powder stevia extract that makes it not a good choice for you? If you don't mind sharing.
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What is it that you don't like about the organic stevia? How is it different from the regular powder stevia extract that makes it not a good choice for you? If you don't mind sharing.
I don't care for the taste of it.
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One thing about stevia. It's part of the ragweed family, so if you have seasonal allergies, it may be a problem.
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I just bought splenda --- I LOVE IT!


I have been trying to love stevia off and on for years, but splenda? Totally yum to me. Yay!
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I was using the liquid Stevia from Trader Joe's for months before I decided that it might have been the reason my hands were numb, it had never happened before
I started using the stevia. The numbness went away about two days after I stopped using the stevia.

I now use Sweet N Low after going through pretty much every packet or liquid known to man, it is the only one that tastes good to me w/o any side effects.
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I have a big bag of Stevia in the Raw that I've been using for a couple of months now in my coffee and tea. I also drink Zevia soda. Yes, the aftertaste takes some getting used to, but I enjoy it now. At first it was very bitter to me, but now I don't notice it. I guess your taste buds adjust.

I use Splenda/sucralose if I'm out to eat and I have the choice. For me, it's the best tasting of all the sweeteners.
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My favorite sweetener for drink adds is Sweet N Low. For baking, it's a 50/50 mix of xylitol and Splenda (powder). For adding to hot drinks, it's EZ-Sweetz. For sodas, it's aspartame. It really depends on the need for me. I will say I don't like stevia. I am a super taster and it just doesn't do it for me.

Really, if you like it and it's not affecting you negatively, do what works for you.
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I use Splenda for baking, and Stevia for things like my morning coffee, FAGE yogurt, and to sweeten my iced tea.
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I don't really use any sugar or artificial sweeteners. I have honey in the house but that's about it. I make honey butter for my OMM. But I also don't bake much any more. Oh and any of the artificial sweeteners I have tried give me real bad headaches...
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