natural sweetner

By ria Latest Reply 2011-09-03 21:06:03 -0500
Started 2009-03-07 11:03:07 -0600

i wonder what's better taste Stievia or xylitol

44 replies

spirit7 2011-09-03 21:06:03 -0500 Report

I use sweet leaf liquid stevia as a sweetener for everything. In beverages, making a chocolate, very low carb dessert and it has a great taste. Comes in many flavors such as vanilla, english toffee, orange, etc. In a pinch I will use splenda but prefer stevia. You can purchase on-line at I will have to try the whey-low, have not had that one as yet.

phips 2011-03-19 16:23:47 -0500 Report has pure stevia in alcohol or glycerine. It is not altered as truvia was, it is in pure form. It only takes 4 to 6 drops to sweeten coffee nicely, it is also great with koolaid (tastes just like juice, about 1/2 teaspoon sweetens a half gallon) and is excellent to cook with.

I do not work for now foods, nor do I have stock in them aside from an 8 oz bottle I pour bits into a 2 oz bottle with a dripper. It is great stuff.

heaven32 2011-03-20 14:26:02 -0500 Report

i've been using splenda w/fiber but i bought stevia to try it it's more amount of money… considering i'm on food stamps in my state

justjohn49 2011-03-19 14:37:47 -0500 Report

I have been using Truvia for over a year now, yes it is a bit pricey
and I like sneaking it in here and there when I cook. Agave is a Trader Joe's
product but is fast appearing on the grocery shelves. My wife and
I used splenda for a while but it made us lethargic and had constant
headaches from that. There are better ways to enjoy of bit of sweetness
without the side effects.

lipsie 2009-03-11 09:32:00 -0500 Report

Just wanted to thank everyone (Gabby) here for all the ideas here. Ty and I got the Truvia and he LOVES it. lol I am so happy cuz his sugar was spiking with that coffee man. So thanks ya all. Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-03-11 19:16:11 -0500 Report

Glad I could help. I am so glad that you are using natural sweeteners. Artificial ones are really bad, and when you start reading up on them, you will be glad you don't use them. I'm Glad Ty loves Truvia, it is a winner in our home too. I can get my non-diabetic family members to eat it.

lipsie 2009-03-11 02:16:04 -0500 Report

We went to the grocery store finally and Stevia was there and on sale at that so we got the small size box this way Ty can test it out, make sure he'll be able to use it okay…thanks ya all for the help on this…he's been using regular sugar lately since we have not got the subsitute. Well, I think he was in denial sorta too cuz he was not sure of being a Diabetic, but he see's when he's been using that regular sugar or a regular soda drink, his sugar hit up there so now he's getting a little more serious. Okay, okay, I'll hush. Thanks all! Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-03-09 21:09:27 -0500 Report

I just got an email to receive a free sample of Truvia. Visit this website to find out where to purchcase it.
They say that they are in Most ask your store if they are carrying it.

lipsie 2009-03-09 22:31:36 -0500 Report

Thank VERY much, we did not end up going to the store today. We both were lazy pretty much, he was sooooo tired I just let him rest. So tomarrow we are going and where we are going DOES sell is accoding to that site. Thats so cool, thanks! Sheila

MeiMei 2009-03-09 10:36:42 -0500 Report

I am using Splenda (or the generic of it) right now. It doesn't leave an aftertaste in my mouth either. I have used stevia in the past and it has been great when I had it. I can't find truvia at Walmart either and it is the only grocery in 50 miles. Guess I'll have to ask them to get it.

keala 2011-03-20 00:54:28 -0500 Report

Sucralose(Splenda) was actually discovered while trying to create a new insecticide. It may have started out as sugar, but the final product is anything but sugar. According to the book Sweet Deception, sucralose is made when sugar is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, making it unlike anything found in nature. If you read the fine print on the Splenda web site, it states that "although sucralose has a structure like sugar and a sugar-like taste, it is not natural."
Your best wolud be Stevia, which is all natural. I got a box of 50 packets from the Walmart where I live. I'm sure your Walmart can order it for you. Sorry you have to drive fifty miles to get it, maybe you could purchase online. Good luck.

kjms 2011-03-20 13:18:14 -0500 Report

Splenda not only contains sucralose, but, also maltedextrin, which causes a spike in the GI. It's also in Crystal Light, which makes my BG really high.

Oystrshkr 2011-03-19 13:57:39 -0500 Report

If there's a "Trader Joe's" in your area, they should have it. Also try Googling "Truvia" and contacting the company to find out where to buy it in your area.

Ashalka 2009-03-09 10:29:04 -0500 Report

Have tried the truvia and it tastes great, but it is a bit pricey, also tried stevia also not bad in the taste department.

cakeybakes 2009-03-09 09:42:31 -0500 Report

I have found that every artificial sweetener I have tried has horrible aftertaste. They are metallic or bitter to me. The only one I haven't tried yet is Agave. Where would I look for it?

Mom2NNZ 2011-03-19 12:20:51 -0500 Report

Agave is not actually artificial, which makes me feel so much better about taking it. Our bodies process it differently because it has a low glycemic index- the stuff that wreaks havoc with diabetes. Our family loves it and is looking for better cooking resources as it does not crystalize- like a honey would do.

ria 2009-03-10 21:01:39 -0500 Report

i order Agave from vita cost 23oz for $4.96
tell 1 800-793=2601 good luck Ria

ria 2009-03-10 21:01:40 -0500 Report

i order Agave from vita cost 23oz for $4.96
tell 1 800-793=2601 good luck Ria

2009-03-09 05:27:16 -0500 Report

I have tried equal and sweet-n-low and can't stand either of them. I just couldn't stand the after taste. I am definitely going to try Stevia with the positive comments of the others. Why can't we just use sugar? Kidding :( Good luck, Angie

lipsie 2009-03-09 09:09:45 -0500 Report

lol right! Yeah I think I am going to see if I can find that in the store we are going to today. Thanks! Sheila

lipsie 2009-03-09 00:02:22 -0500 Report

Now I am so lost, lol. I personally do not use any of this. BUT Ty does normally use sugar but we are going to the store later today actually and buying some type of substitute. I don't know which one to go with, lol. We both, well only matter for him in this case but we both can't have the spike Nor the cholesterol. He's not on Diabetic medicine yet, its not formally discussed IF he'll have to but he IS on cholesterol medication now. And of course I need to help find him something he'll adjust to since he is use to regular sugar. Ulgh! LOST! lol But this was great to read on about, I had NO idea there was so many now. Thank! Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-03-09 09:43:24 -0500 Report

Try the Truvia is more acceptable to most people who have to have sugar. I also use RAW sugar in small quatnities. Also brown sugar. Anything is better than the refined white sugar or corn syrup.

GabbyPA 2009-03-08 15:18:31 -0500 Report

I like them both. Xylitol is great for cooking, as it has a better texture.

Stevia had some fiber in it, so I use it a lot. And I got Truvia for the house, it looks a lot more like sugar and you can also cook with it. I use it to make my sugar free jams. It works great.

If you drink tea or coffee or are looking for a substitue for honey or syrup, try Agave. It has carbs, but it doesn't cause spikes. I LOVE it. It is a good replacemtent for cooking also for sauces and dressings.

tabby9146 2009-03-08 15:47:27 -0500 Report

Gabby: Where can I find Agave? I shop mostly at Walmart. I have looked for Stevia and I can't find it at the stores where I shop either.

pegg188 2011-03-19 07:44:27 -0500 Report

I get stevia from my health food store,I think they are the only place you can get it and they have other sweeteners that are considered afe also

GabbyPA 2009-03-09 09:41:24 -0500 Report

I shop at Publix. Walmart has very little that is unusal, so you won't find it there.
My Publix (or most grocery stores of size) carry Stevia, Truvia and Agave in the health food section or the sugar section. Truvia is less expensive than Stevia, but doesn't have the fiber. Agave comes in 16oz bottles up to a gallon.

ria 2009-03-10 20:51:50 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby i got to day Raw Agave Nectar .but it have same amount in carb and sugarin 1Tbsb as hony ? why

GabbyPA 2009-03-11 09:02:42 -0500 Report

It is the same, but because it is not processed, it doesn't cause spikes. Your body has to break it down first, so it is much friendlier than honey or sugar.

Avera 2009-03-08 00:30:49 -0600 Report


I use something different. It is called Whey Low.

100% Natural

Tastes Exactly like Sugar…Guaranteed!

75% fewer Calories than sugar

70-80% lower Glycemic Index than sugar

Only 1 Effective Carb per Serving

One-for-one replacement for sugar in ALL food applications. It is perfect for baking. Cakes and cookies cannot tell the difference.

Here is the link to the website. I order it online.

Hope this helps!


Hopieland 2011-03-24 12:52:53 -0500 Report

I've pros and cons about Splenda, even a rumor it was being taken off the market (not much chance of that, I think). Been looking for something inexpensive. I liked Truvia and it is cheaper than Stevia. What is Whey Low? Is is made of Whey and if so… what exactly is whey?

2009-03-07 14:22:25 -0600 Report

The only thing I have tried is Splenda, and I really like it. Sorry I'm not much help with your question.

SkipT 2009-03-07 13:47:44 -0600 Report

One thing to remember about truvia if you are low carbing. It has carbs. Stevia does not.

Hopieland 2011-03-24 12:54:47 -0500 Report

Oh! Good to know! I count carbs to keep my weight down which makes an amazing difference in my BG #s. Wintertime it snows a lot here and I don't drive in it, so I've been having to eat a lot of wheat bread and up goes my weight. Tx for the good tip.

rbergman 2009-03-07 13:33:03 -0600 Report

Stevia/Truvia is the best I've ever tasted and we've tried them all, Equal, Sweet-n-low, generic brands etc. Equal was the one I like prior to trying Truvia and I won't go back now. Also, our daughter can't tell the difference between the Truvia and regular sugar so there is no fight with her over why she has to use it instead of sugar.

Hopieland 2011-03-24 12:56:16 -0500 Report

Winning kids over is a biggie. Hubbies who are in denial too. Truvia and Stevia seem to be the best so far.