South Beach Diet - What's the story on Stevia?




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PHinsUP!
07-07-2009, 03:33 PM
I was just wondering if anyone here used it.. I couldn't find it on any of the food lists on SBD's website. I've been using it instead of Splenda or Nutrasweet.. I really would rather use a natural sweetener. I was just wondering if anyone knew the impact it has on weight loss.


murphmitch
07-07-2009, 04:36 PM
I think it's fine to use in place of Splenda or Nutrasweet. I purchased Truvia, but found I didn't like the taste.

moncheree
07-07-2009, 05:52 PM
I think that it would be better to use stevia than splenda and/or equal... (just from what I have heard.. not known fact) But, I dont like the taste of it personally. Use caution because a little goes a long way.. it kind of tastes like sweet n low to me.. but more of an after taste... :|


CyndiM
07-07-2009, 07:31 PM
This is definitely a personal choice issue and you will find many of us have different opinions. I don't ever use asparatame and rarely use splenda. On the other hand I don't much care for the taste of stevia, but my diabetic partner uses it frequently. When I use sweeteners I either use agave or erythrytol. I could give you my list of reasons but, as I said, everyone has their own take on this. My recommendation is to do some research. Watch the sites because there is a lot of nutty info out there about this topic, but there is also some good information. Figure out what matters to you and then make sure the taste works too. good luck :)

femmecreole
07-07-2009, 09:10 PM
I use it too. I have a stevia plant and made an extract from the leaves (didn't taste so great) but a leaf in a drink sure sweetens it up.

I also have some vanilla and chocolate stevia drops that are very good for "dessert" coffee or in yogurt etc.

PHinsUP!
07-08-2009, 01:28 AM
Thanks y'all for the info! I'm not crazy about the aftertaste but I can tolerate the taste of it better than the artificial sweeteners, I've thought about trying agave. I've always been a sugar fiend! so I need a healthy alternative :)

SunshineCA
07-08-2009, 03:12 AM
I'm a Splenda user but I have a friend who swears by Stevia. I tried it but felt it was way too sweet for me. However, I'm one who doesn't like sweets, even before the decision to lose weight. Even when I was a kid, I was rather picky about the sweetness of things.

Good luck at finding something that works for you. Not just something you have to tolerate. ;)