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tiggergirl9
06-09-2008, 05:45 PM
Here's a unique question, I think :) I am trying to cut out large amounts of sugar from my diet, as that's where the empty calories are coming from. I am sensitive to some sugar substitutes, haven't narrowed down which ones lol. Are there any sugar free or low sugar products that don't depend on replacing the sugar with a chemical substitute?


luckymommy
06-09-2008, 07:36 PM
I think the best substitute is Stevia. You can find it at health food stores. I recommend you buy the most expensive one that says PURE STEVIA with no aftertaste. I bought a cheaper one before and couldn't stand it! Now, I have a very high quality one. It's SUPER sweet, so you only need a tiny bit, so just get the best one.

fiberlover
06-09-2008, 11:12 PM
Stevia is a great choice. You can get it in powder or liquid form. Use it very sparingly, or it will taste bitter. DH loves this stuff.

I don't like sugar substitutes - splenda tastes wretched to me, so I just do unsweetened stuff. Flavored seltzer water to drink, or unsweetened iced tea. Might be an acquired taste, but you will find things taste much different when you don't pair them with a sweet drink.


aphil
06-10-2008, 09:07 AM
Stevia is a wonderful choice if you want to go calorie free-like in tea and coffee.

If you don't mind a few calories, but want to go with something that is healthier than sugar (such as in baking-revamping your recipes to make them healthier, etc.) there are lots of options:

Maple crystals
Maple syrup (pure)
raw honey
agave
brown rice syrup

Just check your health food section!

mrspacman
06-12-2008, 05:26 PM
I'm on the HCG diet and the Stevia is what the doctor adamantly suggests if we want to sweeten anything. I'm using two packs of it in a quart of Lipton unsweet tea, and it makes it taste sooo much better.

Pieinthesky
06-13-2008, 08:52 AM
What is Stevia - is it like a sweetner?:dizzy:

aphil
06-13-2008, 08:55 AM
Yes, but it is a natural sweetener, plant derived. It isn't chemical. You can get it in various forms (little packets, liquid, etc.) in the health food section of the store...or in some major stores in the sugar/sweetener section.

Mommywannabe
06-14-2008, 07:23 PM
You can also try researching Tagatose.
Its 92% as sweet as sugar with 38% the cals.

AJ113
06-14-2008, 07:34 PM
My personal favourite is Splenda, it's made from sucralose which is derived from plain ordinary sugar. As fiberlover showed, it's not to everyone's taste but it certainly does the trick for me!

jillybean720
06-14-2008, 07:42 PM
I use Stevia for some things, Agave Nectar for some things (to replace honey, usually), and erythritol, which is a natural calorie-free sugar alcohol that does NOT cause the horrible side effects of other sugar alcohols.

KrazyKatie
06-23-2008, 04:28 PM
I just requested a free sample of Stevia. The lady I spoke to is in a city very near me, so it will be here soon! Can't wait to try it!

SoulBliss
06-23-2008, 04:34 PM
My personal favourite is Splenda, it's made from sucralose which is derived from plain ordinary sugar.

Sucralose is made from chlorinated sugar, by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups in the sugar. Splenda is made from sucralose and genetically modified maltodextrin and dextrose.

gmdavis
07-05-2008, 10:26 PM
Yea, I'd avoid Splenda too and stick to Stevia. It's definitely the "up and comer" and the only one available right now without chemical additives...

jillybean720
07-06-2008, 08:24 AM
Yea, I'd avoid Splenda too and stick to Stevia. It's definitely the "up and comer" and the only one available right now without chemical additives...
Have you tried erythritol? For me, I like it more than stevia because it doesn't have that sharp "licorice" afertaste. It, too, is 0 calories with no chemical additives, so stevia isn't the only one!

snapless
07-06-2008, 10:15 AM
Has anyone tried wheylow? Good? Bad?

jillybean720
07-06-2008, 04:24 PM
Has anyone tried wheylow? Good? Bad?
Never heard of it until right now! I tried to chek their website, but it's veeeeery slow (hopefully just temporary), and I can't find any info on what the ingredients are. I'll have to keep an eye out to see if I can find it anywhere.

KLK
07-06-2008, 04:31 PM
I like NuNatural's granulated Stevia. They come 100 packets/box and I think it's about as expensive as Splenda. I've never tried to bake with it, but it's good in tea/coffee.

KLK
07-06-2008, 04:34 PM
I like the taste of Splenda -- I think it tastes the most like real sugar, BUT I've noticed that when I run out of Stevia and I don't have the time to make it to the healthfood store and I used Splenda instead, my weightloss stalls. Maybe that is for other reasons, but I noticed that happening to me twice.

My personal favourite is Splenda, it's made from sucralose which is derived from plain ordinary sugar. As fiberlover showed, it's not to everyone's taste but it certainly does the trick for me!

SoulBliss
07-06-2008, 04:39 PM
Have you tried erythritol?

I LOVE erythritol. It works really well in baking to add a bit of stevia, as they work together and become sweeter together than they are separately.

SoulBliss
07-06-2008, 04:45 PM
Never heard of it until right now! I tried to chek their website, but it's veeeeery slow (hopefully just temporary), and I can't find any info on what the ingredients are. I'll have to keep an eye out to see if I can find it anywhere.

Here's some information:

http://www.wheylow.com/Articles.asp?ID=134

http://www.wheylow.com/EasyEditor/assets/product-descriptions%20fact%20sheet.pdf

snapless
07-06-2008, 08:53 PM
Yeah I was having trouble with slow websites yesterday too...fixed now though. Anyway, that's how I heard of it but didn't know if it was any good.

Sounds interesting, will have to try it out.

ddc
07-07-2008, 02:25 PM
Here's an article about Stevia. The key is moderation :)

http://www.cspinet.org/nah/4_00/stevia.html

Here's a link that talks about all sweeteners:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0813/is_4_31/ai_n6018304/pg_1?tag=artBody;col1

rockstar87
07-08-2008, 01:51 AM
I cut out all artificial sweeteners a few months ago and have been looking for a natural substitute since...for a while I just used real sugar. I don't do a lot of baking or anything like that so all I really wanted it for was my coffee in the morning. I'm not a fan of the stevia...at least not in my coffee. I've tried it several times and just don't like the taste. HOWEVER I finally found xylitol at a health food store (my mum did, actually) and it's perfect. Like erythritol, it's a sugar alcohol and completely natural. I think I'm in love...haha.