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Old 03-21-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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Sugar Substitute... Which are best? What's your preference? Are they still OK?

I am really interested in what you may have found out via your own research and if you have a favorite. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Over the past ten years I've gone from....
the 'blue stuff' (Equal),
to the 'yellow stuff' (Splenda and Splenda w/vitamin B),
to the 'green stuff' (Truvia),
to the 'white stuff' (Stevia and pure Stevia extract),
to the 'orange stuff' (Monk Fruit), this is the current occupant of my sugar bowl.

I don't know about you but I'm more confused than ever and though I am sure using no substitutes at all is probably best, my LC carb eating is full of it whether I add it myself or it is already packaged in something I consume.

There are too many options out there and the "medical expert" reviews on whether they are really safe are varied, often contradict each other, and change way too often.

Any info' you've found helpful?
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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I've tried EZ-Sweetz which is sold via Netrition (all the rave from this board). I have only used it once, before now I didn't use substitutes regularly because of the aftertaste. However, ez sweetz does not leave an aftertaste and maybe it's due to only using 1 drop which is very sweet. I have the concentrated version that comes in the .5 oz IIRC. I will probably have this forever as it is really sweet and you don't need a lot and NO CARBS!

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Old 03-21-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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None of it bothers me as long as the glycemic index is zero or close to it. I'm partial to sucralose, stevia, erythritol, and aspartame depending on the application. For baking I tend to mix the first three, and for drinks aspartame is just fine. I probably use stevia the most, closely followed by liquid sucralose.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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Looks like you both have used and like the liquid sorbitol. I haven't tried this yet and will add it the shopping list.

Still surfing the web for more medical info. Disturbing how vague or how mixed the info is as far as safety and long term effects studies are concerned, but I'm getting closer.

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Old 03-21-2014, 05:40 PM   #5
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I have tried them all.
I find that EZ-Sweetz is my favorite.
Simple to use, no aftertaste, and no carbs.
I just have to be carful not to use too much.
One little bottle last for ever!
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:17 PM   #6
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I'm an erythritol/stevia person. This includes Truvia and Swerve. I refuse to use sucralose and aspartame. Just do your research and make the best decision you can.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:35 PM   #7
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Ez Sweetz is my go to sweetener as well.
Arctic_ Mama-what is the ratio of the sweeteners you use when you blend them,please?
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:44 PM   #8
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Equal sweetness from each. That way I get the upside of each without any of the drawbacks of too much of any one type (bitterness from stevia, cooling from erythritol, chemical aftertaste from sucralose, etc). If I'm using just xylitol or erythritol I always add stevia to get to the desired sweetness level, as they're less sweet than other sweetener options.
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I use sweet and low in my ice tea and want change....I use splenda to bake for my DH over strawberries or in flourless pound cakes....
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:07 PM   #10
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I use swerve. I love it! So dang expensive though.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:27 PM   #11
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Found the following on Oz. Thought I should share the info'.
Most of the products I use have one or more of the listed. I'll try to cut back but it will be hard.
And sad to admit, I'm still planning on trying the recommended favorites in the posts above.

Link: List of Names for Artificial Sweeteners | The Dr. Oz Show

From the webpage:
Replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners may be doing your body more harm than good. Recent studies show that these chemically modified sweeteners can damage the way your body naturally processes sugar, making you much more susceptible to overeating. Because of the increasing public health warnings, food companies are now using obscure names to hide these artificial sweeteners in their products. This list will help you avoid these dangerous chemicals.

ACESULFAME POTASSIUM ACK
Ace K
Equal Spoonful (also +aspartame)
Sweet One
Sunett

ASPARTAME
APM
AminoSweet (but not in US)
Aspartyl-phenylalanine-1-methyl ester
Canderel (not in US)
Equal Classic
NatraTaste Blue
NutraSweet

ASPARTAME-ACESULFAME SALT
TwinSweet (Europe only)

CYCLAMATE
Not in US as per FDA
Calcium cyclamate
Cologran = cyclamate and saccharin; not in US
Sucaryl

ERYTHRITOL
Sugar alcohol
Zerose
ZSweet

GLYCEROL
Glycerin
Glycerine

GLYCYRRHIZIN
Licorice

HYDROGENATED STARCH HYDROLYSATE (HSH)
Sugar alcohol

ISOMALT
Sugar alcohol
ClearCut Isomalt
Decomalt
DiabetiSweet (also contains Acesulfame-K)
Hydrogenated Isomaltulose
Isomaltitol

LACTITOL
Sugar alcohol

MALTITOL
Sugar alcohol
Maltitol Syrup
Maltitol Powder
Hydrogenated High Maltose Content Glucose Syrup
Hydrogenated Maltose
Lesys
MaltiSweet (hard to find online to buy)
SweetPearl

MANNITOL
Sugar alcohol

NEOTAME

POLYDEXTROSE
Sugar alcohol
(Derived from glucose and sorbitol)

SACCHARIN
Acid saccharin
Equal Saccharin
Necta Sweet
Sodium Saccharin
Sweet N Low
Sweet Twin

SORBITOL
Sugar alcohol
D-glucitol
D-glucitol syrup

STEVIOL GLYCOSIDE
Rebiana

SUCRALOSE
1',4,6'-Trichlorogalactosucrose
Trichlorosucrose
Equal Sucralose
NatraTaste Gold
Splenda

TAGATOSE
Natrulose

XYLITOL
Sugar alcohol
Smart Sweet
Xylipure
Xylosweet
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I use sucralose, either pure sucralose powder that I dilute in water myself, or Sweetzfree brand liquid sucralose, which is my favorite of the concentrated liquid versions available.

Sucralose is my preference 90% of the time, but I'm okay with a few other things, like erythritol and xylitol. I can't use stevia in any form (allergic), nor can I use the powdered bulked up sweeteners, as they all use maltodextrin as a bulking agent, which I am sensitive to.

I do drink diet soda, so I drink aspartame in that form.
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Another vote for ez-sweetz
It's a liquid so there are not additives. No after taste.
I agree that anyone who advocates for sugar should be immediately pilloried and put on display in town square.
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It is really about personal preference and what works best for us at the time. My choices have changed over the years as I've learned more about nutrition & the importance of high quality food.

I don't use any artificial sweeteners (cut them along with all soda/pop at the start of 2002) because I want real food in my body. I rarely eat anything that contains sugar alcohols because they don't agree with me.

My sweetener of choice is pure stevia extract powder. I use KAL brand & many people seem to like that brand when they dislike the taste of others. I do not use Truvia; it is an artificial sweetener.
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It wasn't till I started reading about how bad that artificial sweeteners are that I paid close attention. I've found that using any of the mainstream sweeteners causes me intense hunger pangs and digestion issues. So I avoid them, except for a tiny bit of stevia in my afternoon cappuccino.

Every time I cheat and have a diet soda or something, I end up with hunger and cravings for days. Absolutely not worth it. The stevia seems to be ok though.
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Hi KK...

I've been 'bonus-sized' since Jr. High school (now retired), and I started with Saccarin, and progressed with each iteration of artificial sweeteners.

I'll use whatever is available - except Stevia which I really don't like the after-taste/flavor of.

I've never had reactions to any of them.

When we have gatherings at our house, the beverage bar (coffee, tea) has blue, yellow, pink, sugar and Truvia on it. It's pretty amazing that the Truvia is usually left when others are depleted.

It seems people have varied ideas about which is best for them.


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liquid sucralose...I mix my own
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I use (natural, no added weird ingredients) Stevia and pure granulated Erythritol. Aspartame is scary stuff, IMO.
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I find stevia very bitter. I wanted to like it and have almost 3 boxes I got online in my pantry.
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Keep trying different Stevias, Paynts. Some types are much more neutral than others. Liquid stevia glycerites are the best, stevia powder generally the worst, when it comes to bitterness. NuNaturals is a very popular brand, as is Sweetleaf. I believe Netrition has both.
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I'm in the no sweetener camp. Keeping them in my diet means my cravings and hunger never go away. After I get all sweeteners out of my system, I have no desire for anything sweet. I can't help if those who keep artificial sweeteners in their diet also struggle with craving issues.
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People are different. That's never been an issue for me. Obviously, it using them triggers problems, the person should stop. That doesn't mean it's a universal thing.

I don't experience cravings when I use sweeteners. I don't use a ton overall, because I'm not a sweets person generally, but having some sucralose in my coffee or tea doesn't affect my diet or body anyway.

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I get most of my fluid intake from diet soda and my appetite is still quite on the lower side (enough to eat just twice a day now). Sugar didn't increase my appetite because it's sweet, it increased my appetite because of blood sugar fluctuation, which is a non-issue with sweeteners
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:10 PM   #24
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These last were SweetLeaf. My dietician friend said some folks just really do not tolerate the Stevia well. my taste buds reject it. That is OK I have other options-thank goodness.
I do not suffer from cravings for sweets-mine is for a good sourdough bread! LOL
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aspartame causes me to stall,I use saccharin.it's the cheapest sweetener at Wall Mart and doesn't give me probs.
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Stevia is an "artificial" sweetener in that it has a sweet taste without providing calories. If that is what tricks the body into wanting sugar then a person would have to avoid not only artificial and natural no calorie sweeteners such as stevia and other sweeteners such as honey, nectar, , but also any sweet tasting food at all including fruits like bell peppers, carrots, and berries. Since we know the negative effects of sugar, whether processed or not, it is one known you can remove when considering whether or not you will allow yourself to ever taste anything sweet ever again for the rest of your life.

Since I often eat bell peppers and berries as a sweet snack, I'm not inclined to give them up because they have a sweet taste. There may not be much sugar in them to harm me, but then there is not any sugar in stevia or xylitol or erithritol, nor in the man made sucrolose and others. The studies implicating sweeteners does so not based on their composition, but on the fact that they are sweet without calories, in which case stevia is as much of a problem as any of the others. and Honey, agave and other natural sweeteners are just as processed and concentrated as any table sugar and have the same effect in the body as the natural or processed fructose and glucose.

Choose your lesser evil, and remove the known dangers, and for me take a chance on the unknown that may not be as bad as the known. I know I don't get fat from eating zero calorie sweeteners, it's everything else I eat that matters.
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My use of sugar substitutes is evolving, like everything else about me and my diet .

I've used sucralose ezsweets and packets the most, and for the longest. Saccharin tablets, too. Neither give me any problems. I rarely drink flavored beverages, but those usually have aspartame and also don't give me any problems. I've never found a stevia that I liked, but I haven't tried that hard.

At this time, I'm not using sweeteners in my coffee, and I don't eat LC desserts, so the most I use is a drop of ezsweets in salad dressings or other recipes that need a sweet note to balance out the hot/sour/salty/umami flavors.

Metqa - you have really done some due diligence on your sweeteners! Thanks for sharing your insights.
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Truvia is the only sugar substitue my tastebuds seem able to tolerate without giving me some awful after taste.
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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.
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I rarely use artificial sweeteners. I only use them for baking nowadays which is maybe once or twice a year.

When I use sweeteners I use a combination of stevia and erythritol.

I purposefully do not have any xylitol in the house, because we have a dog who will eat anything given a chance...
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