What kind of sweetener do you use?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-03-16 10:01:31 -0500
Started 2013-02-04 16:51:31 -0600

With february being the month of love and all that is sweet, I would love to hear what you use to sweeten your food?

Some use artificial sweeteners, others choose to go with all natural sweeteners, and some just use plain old sugar.

What do you use?

127 replies

Mikeal72 2013-02-25 20:37:43 -0600 Report

I use stevia tablets and truvia if I really need something sweet. I've tried to get myself away from wanting any sweets at all, I think it's better for the long term to train your palette for avoidance

abe ray
abe ray 2013-02-22 12:14:03 -0600 Report

I usually don't add ANY sweetner to my food,but that's just me as I don't have a vfery good sense of taste or smell(sinus infections when I was a child)

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-18 11:10:05 -0600 Report

I usually just use regular pure cane sugar … but in very small quantities. I tried Setiva and it was just nasty tasting (to me) … so I did some research to find what amount of carbs were in a little already packaged pack of sugar (equal to one tbsp) it equaled 4 carbs so I just keep that in mind WHEN I use sugar. I only use sugar for tea(which I drink occasionally) and coffee(which I drink daily) and with my coffee, I only use 1 1/2 - 2 packs with 1/3 tbsp coffee to 3/4 cups of water. It works for me :)

jayabee52 2013-02-10 23:48:15 -0600 Report

I recently purchased coconut sugar. Haven't tried it yet.

lneider 2013-02-11 08:59:27 -0600 Report

thatsounds good letusknow if you like it L

jayabee52 2013-02-11 12:19:59 -0600 Report

it may be a while, because I don't often sweeten things.

jayabee52 2013-02-12 12:36:28 -0600 Report

In college I used honey in my coffee. Took some getting used to, but I did.
I had a lot of honey avilable to me at that time, so I used it to sweeten my coffee. (I hadn't gotten a taste for tea yet)

lneider 2013-02-10 18:45:39 -0600 Report

Iam a little late joining this post but thought I would like to join I use truvia now I was using splenda I only use sweetner in my coffee & oatmeal I like it & understand it one of the safer choices L

Sngbook 2013-02-10 16:57:10 -0600 Report

I absolutely love PurreVia or Truvia. It has tremendously helped me to control my sugar and helped in my losing just over 80 lbs in the past 15-18 months.

jayabee52 2013-02-12 12:39:55 -0600 Report


Sngbook 2013-02-12 23:32:45 -0600 Report

Thank you very much!! It was hard to give up several things such as bread products but I will eat a sandwich at least once a week that way it's only 2 pieces and I get the roughage I need with granola in my yogurt and spinach leaves, arugula & romaine (however, due to the freezing weather in CA, I understand that what we get in the grocery stores will now be much higher in cost!) but then again everything is higher. I just watch what I buy and keep protein bars and granola bars handy, if needed. I'm also watching the milk and cheese products. I love cheese but limit my selection to provolone for sandwiches or mozzarella sticks for snacking. I tend to get lactose acidosis so watch the "milk" products but with me watching everything I eat, I have been able to control the diabetes much better. It also helps getting out of stressful situations which has helped me to be more consistent and concentrating on getting myself in a "healthier" life style. It took some determination but I never gave up. I still struggle but make the best of each day count!!

Lentyl 2013-02-12 12:38:16 -0600 Report

WOW! Good for you.

Sngbook 2013-02-12 23:37:28 -0600 Report

Thank you, Lentyl!! I forgot to state that I have learned to get my weight down is by portion control!! It really works!! Oh, I got on the scales this morning and have lost another 5 pounds - that's probably from the move into a new home and unpacking boxes. I've had a time with my back due to the degenerative disc disease and then the RAIN!!! I just absolutely hate it when it does as every nerve in my body from waist down THROBS!! My doctor has prescribed pain pills but I refuse to take it unless it is absolutely needed and I know I have nothing to do the next day. I only take one but the next day I am so "groggy" and unfocused! I can't stand it 'cause I love to read, paint, crochet, etc. and can't concentrate the day after taking one!

Lentyl 2013-02-13 00:36:31 -0600 Report

You're right about portion control. Good for you for losing another 5 pounds. Your thought must be pain, pain go away. Come another day. Of course if it doesn't come back that would be lovely. It's too bad that the medication is so powerful that it has lasting sider effects. I wouldn't enjoy that very much either.

TerryLicia 2013-02-10 15:40:03 -0600 Report

I use Splenda in my coffee, honey in tea and regular sugar for baking although sometimes I use Sugar Twin for cooking (especially the Brown Sugar Twin).

valentine lady
valentine lady 2013-02-10 09:55:04 -0600 Report

I use artificial sweeteners. I realize there is the chance of cancer, but it's the best way to sweeten my tea and coffee.

moon74 2013-02-10 09:07:42 -0600 Report

I dont use any of the fake sugars. I do like the Agave Nectar. I like Stevia. But if I use sugar, I am using real. Aspertine gives me a massive headache. I remember when Sachryn was linked to cancer. But then I dont do fake. I try and eat everything from whole foods.

Lentyl 2013-02-09 10:10:13 -0600 Report

This morning I tried a protein shake sweetened with sucralose. Never again!!! The aftertaste is most unpleasant and I can't get rid of it no matter how much water I drink to wash it out. Plain granulated sugar or xylitol for me. I have no cravings for sugar or sweet food so I'm fortunate, I guess. If I do have a little craving for dessert after a meal I chew a piece of pur (that's the brand name) gum sweetened with xylitol Does the trick.

Tony5657 2013-02-09 06:17:55 -0600 Report

There is a news article in Yahoo regarding diet soda & diabetes at:
You may want to check it out.
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Tony5657 2013-02-09 08:25:29 -0600 Report

To read the entire above mentioned article without going to a link, see Mays discussion "Diet Soda Increases the Risk of Diabetes."

Mays also posted a vieo link on the same subject:

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-18 11:12:45 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing this article … I had started drinking diet sodas because I got tired of drinking water … but in the end, it seems, it's just not worth it.

Tony5657 2013-02-22 05:06:37 -0600 Report

Hi Tara,
I'm also a "water drinker" - but also love morning coffee (4 cups), black, not the sweet or creamed stuff. It took me years to get used to tea without sugar, but now sweetened tea makes me want to barf! :o) My point? We can change our "want to", so to speak. Instead of "I want to eat/drink something sweet" you can change that to, "I want to eat/drink something that's healthy, something that will bless, rather than curse, my body." Changing that mindset takes time and discipline but it can be done & you'll be a better & healthier person having conquered that "demon." That's my 2 cents worth of "whatever." :o)

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-22 07:10:28 -0600 Report

Y'know Tony, the funny thing is I was NEVER a soda drinker before D but I guess the option was always there …after D, I started drinking unsweetened tea, black coffee (I now add 1 tbsp sugar and a little cream) and plenty of water (I have always been a big water drinker) but when the options of having anything I wanted was lost …it seems I wanted them …hence the diet dr peppers. Lol!! After reading this article, I'm done. I don't need nor want diet "aspartame" drinks anymore. I already knew they were not good for me but I guess I was dealing w/ a little bit of denial.

re1ndeer 2013-02-08 15:06:58 -0600 Report

I use Stevia in the Raw, great for eating and for baking. It's cup for cup like sugar.

FiberAll 2013-02-14 17:19:23 -0600 Report

What does 'raw' mean, I wuv it and yet I have to be careful with the very best raw honey which tastes nothing compared to the honey I have tried in the past and since it's so yummo, it's easy to go out of your mind with way too much so if you try it, please be very careful and that includes expect a party in your mouth.

FiberAll 2013-02-13 15:24:19 -0600 Report

There are more than one kind of Stevita and yet the one I WUV is the one which is far sweeter than the other brands and it is such a blessing to me. I am going to get two more of the 16 Ounce containers since the price is fantastic for how much it works. I have tried the other brands and they aren't as sweet and Dr Oz is a great Doctor, said it's nothing as sweet as the others although he agreed with it after I started to WUV it, if it works for me, then I am going to go for it. It MIGHT be my body Chemistry which is why I WUV it so very much! I can comment more if I am asked for the brand name if that is legal.

jayabee52 2013-02-13 18:09:52 -0600 Report

Posting brand names is not contrary to the rules here. What is violation of the TOU is trying to make money off of something one posts.

FiberAll 2013-02-14 17:16:44 -0600 Report

Powder Stevita ® Stevia Spoonable Stevia comes out of Texas which I hope is not pushing the envelope since I am a fanatic about how it is so sweet to me. I have found it has other wonderful benefits although the package said it does not affect blood sugar, and yet mine goes down which is an added benefit in my view although I am NOT talking about a lot of points so please don't get worried and this is my reaction from my experience of course. Some people won't try it because they use too much.

Young1s 2013-02-08 07:38:31 -0600 Report

When cooking, I use Stevia as a sweetener but keep Truvia on hand for when I run out. I've been trying to get my mom to stop using Splenda to no avail. Funny thing is, I have a protein powder that I put in most breakfast things (tea, cereal, oatmeal, etc) that gives me all the sweet I need, usually.

Lentyl 2013-02-07 19:22:21 -0600 Report

When I need a sweetener, which is rarely, I use xylitol. If I'm baking for others then I use ordinary sugar.

Tony5657 2013-02-07 08:39:52 -0600 Report

Thanks to John Crowley, I learned the following "cancer" update I found in the Johns Hopkins website is a hoax and was not published or endorsed by Johns Hopkins. Please see the following Johns Hopkins link.
I'm new to their site and mistakenly thought they had stricter controls over postings that claimed to be from Johns Hopkins and appeared to be valid. I have learned otherwise and am VERY frustrated & disappointed. However, since sugar definitely can be physically harmful, just like being overweight, not exercising, having a negative mental state, being stressed out, etc., common sense tells me that we all should do our best to gain control in these areas. Lifestyle changes may well be necessary BUT many find those more difficult than trusting in some man-made "magic bullet", something artificial & possibly full of man-made chemicals. We should all use caution in consuming anything man-made / "artificial."

Also, all of us, me especially, should do our best in researching things like this so we will accept and follow ONLY what is valid. I thought I did just that, but I was misled and hope I haven't misled others. Again, my thanks go to John Crowley who caught this erroneous posting of mine. :o)

The following is straight from the Johns Hopkins Hospital, John Hopkins Health System & the John Hopkins University web site.


a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made
with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute
would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

Consume wisely my friends, live long and be healthy. I wish you all the best.

Tony5647 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52 2013-02-07 22:13:03 -0600 Report

Tony, I tried to find where you got that from John's Hopkins and clicked on the link you provided. All I got was an advertisement for JHU. Did you need to hold your tongue a certain way in your mouth to get that "cancer cells feed on:" information?

from my studies the sugar substitutes are not derived from Aspartame. ( I agree that none of the artificials are good for you. )

Blessings to you and yours


Tony5657 2013-02-08 05:21:54 -0600 Report


That link that was in the Johns Hopkins web site & was a hoax. It has been deleted, FINALLY. Please see my posting, just above this, submitted earlier this morning. It really ticks me off that Johns Hopkins let a hoax like this get posted on their web site. Hopefully they will implement stricter controls soon.

Blessings back on you, my friend! :o) Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

TerryLicia 2013-02-10 15:44:57 -0600 Report

Johns Hopkins cannot montior every scam on the web, and shouldn't have to. We're adults, we have minds that can read, remember and Know - use'em! So much trash is on the web that most folks without any real education do have a hard time telling fact from fiction but that's why there are healthcare professionals to speak with - like, YOUR DOCTOR! If you do not have an existing background in medicine, then 'looking on the web' does more harm than good usually - you don't have the width and depth of accumulated data to draw from to yank the weeds and keep the flowers. Not being snotty or pretentious just truthful. ASK YOUR DOCTOR, DIABETIC CLINICIAN, ANYONE IN HEALTHCARE BEFORE USING INFO ON THE WEB! It could mean your very life.

Tony5657 2013-02-11 06:52:42 -0600 Report


Johns Hopkins SHOULD monitor their own web site and not allow fictitious articles to appear on it. Any idiot knows not everything you read on the web is truth. Also any idiot knows Johns Hopkins "cannot monitor every scam on the web, and shouldn't have to" as you so eloquently stated. I also disagree with your idea that I or anyone else, cannot learn from the web. It takes time, intelligence, wisdom & discernment to separate the truth from the crap but truth can be found if the researcher spends adequate time and effort in the research.

I do my best to find reputable web sites and learn from them and I have learned tons of very helpful information. I have also found many web sites posing as "experts" in some field but learned they were making unfounded, untrue claims/promises either trying to sell something or just to babble on to inflate their misguided egos.

Johns Hopkins has a very good reputation in the medical field and I wrongly assumed that I could believe their "articles." I'm especially interested in things pertaining to naturopathic medicine, also known as naturopathy, which is a complementary and alternative medicine that emphasizes the ability of the body to heal and maintain itself, which practitioners believe is innate. Naturopathic practice may include different modalities such as abstinence, acupuncture, colonic irrigation, counseling, chiropractic, diet, exercise, herbalism, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, environmental medicine, manual therapy, orthomolecular medicine and relaxation. Practitioners emphasize a holistic approach to patient care, and may recommend patients use conventional medicine alongside their treatments.

In case you don't know, "naturopathic medicine" and "standard medicine" can and often do, overlap forming a "mixture." Naturopathic practitioners prefer not to use invasive surgery, or most synthetic drugs, preferring natural remedies, for instance relatively unprocessed or whole medications, such as herbs and foods. Graduates of a naturopathic medical school in North America are trained to use diagnostic tests such as imaging and blood tests before deciding upon the full course of treatment. If the patient does not respond to these treatments, they are often referred to physicians who utilize standard medical care to treat the disease or condition. In some states, naturopathic doctors who hold an ND are licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medicines and perform minor surgeries.

Thank you for your comment and I hope you will be more open minded toward things you do not understand.

Wishing you the very best…Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

1PhillyGirl 2013-02-07 18:41:10 -0600 Report

Saccarhine(sp) is also known to cause cancer in lab rats & the only brand of toothpaste that doesn't have any is by Oral-B. I went down the toothpaste aisle picking up a box of every brand on the shelf & couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2013-02-07 10:29:53 -0600 Report

I'm afraid this information is not entirely correct. Here's a link to the John Hopkins site addressing what they identify as an email hoax linked to their site.


Certainly, everyone must research for themselves whether they feel like artificial sweeteners are something they are comfortable consuming. But want to make sure you have the facts about this claim.

Tony5657 2013-02-07 10:54:39 -0600 Report

Thank you John for this timely correction!! I have my work cut out for me now because I sent the entire article to others. I'm new at the Johns Hopkins site and have subscribed to 2 of their newsletters and hopefully they will inform me as to what's really from them and what's a hoax.

How did you receive the disclaimer? Maybe in an E-Newsletter or did you just click on the "News Releases" link OR ?? I need to be able to pass on what's valid.


Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

John Crowley
John Crowley 2013-02-07 13:32:05 -0600 Report

I followed the link you provided and searched for the exact phrase "cancer cells feed on" and that brought up the article that I shared with you.

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:04:17 -0600 Report

The only thing they'r definitely found is that saccharin, in ridiculous quantities, causes tumors. Like when they gave rats 1000% more than a human would even consume.

As for everything else aspartame has been deemed safe by the food and drug administration. Of course don't go eating ridiculous amounts!

J Kate
J Kate 2013-02-05 15:14:05 -0600 Report

Hands down, my favorite is Xylitol. It's natural and has a grainy texture like regular sugar, but it's very low carb. My kids didn't even notice when I replaced the sugar shaker with it. :)

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-18 11:17:30 -0600 Report

I notice that a lot of people here use Xylitol… I've never heard of it, but may give it a try.

thelensman 2013-02-05 12:03:34 -0600 Report

I've used Splenda now for a couple of years. I love it; it's the only thing that tastes like real sugar. And it has zero effect on my blood sugar.