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Sweetners vs Sugar

Sweetners have chemicals, Sugar has calories. Whats worse?

Tue. May 24, 8:25am

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Sweetener / sugar debate

Add Stevia to the list of possibilities. Currently not able to be marketed as a sweetener, but is available as a dietary supplement. (ie natural food / health food type stores only). Lots about it on the web. It is natural - made from leaves of a plant, and non-caloric. VERY sweet. I like it as an alternative to both the sugar and the chemical sweeteners.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005, 9:15 AM

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Yes. Yes. Stevia!

This is the one. 0 calories, natural product (from a leaf), concentrated, no aftertaste; sweet as can be. Can be purchased at Trader Joe's and other healthy food stores. A little goes a long way. No need to buy the more expensive pure (no fillers) version.


Tuesday, May 24, 2005, 2:15 PM

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there's just one issue with Stevia: not everyone seems to be able to taste it. I know that sounds weird, but I bought some once and it wasn't sweet AT ALL, if anything it was just a little bitter, but mostly it didn't taste like anything. I went online and found out that apparently not everybody can taste it.

So get a small pack before you invest... :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 7:06 AM

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stevia rocks

i've tried the stevia plus....comperable price for 100 packets of splenda at my food 4 less ($8.65). it has frutafit inulin fiber in it. one packet in a pot of tea (2 cups) is sweet. it also comes in a liquid form (dropper bottle) and is very spendy but worth the money to get away from chemicals!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 9:26 AM

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stevia taste

I fresh squeezed lemonade and put stevia (extract from trader joe's) in it. To me it had the same peculiar taste as nutrasweet...

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 10:39 PM

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What about Splenda?

Any comments on splenda?

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 11:21 AM

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I actually really like splenda. Sure, it's got chemicals, but I don't experience any after taste or anything.

My fiance is adament about not using it, and one day I made him a cup of tea in it. About half way through, I asked if I made it ok w/ sugar, milk, etc. and he said it was really good. Then I told him he's drinking splenda, not sugar. He got pouty then, since he realized he should probably start using it, especially since he can't tell the difference at all!

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 11:31 AM

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I had splenda, just once, when I was pregnant. I had a serious reaction to it. There has to be something bad in there.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 12:20 PM

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Has anyone else had a reaction to Splenda? Not that I don't trust one poster, but having something once and having a reaction isn't exactly statistically significant. The reaction could've been from anything, even smelling a stranger's perfume, or just something weird that happens with pregnancy.

I'm not discounting the one experience, I'm just curious, b/c I use a TON of Splenda! If it's really that bad, maybe I shouldn't...

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 12:56 PM

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I don't know if I am just completely conditioned to it but I LOVE Equal, I have been using it for like 10 years with the attitude....if I get cancer from it, at least I am skinny (I know that's sick and wrong) but now I don't like the taste of anything else, even sugar. Is it addicting?


Thursday, June 02, 2005, 1:02 PM

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