Which artifical sweetner do you use? and why?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-01-17 22:52:59 -0600
Started 2011-01-08 15:17:21 -0600

There are so many sweetners out there.

What do you use? Do you use it fo cooking? Baking? Topping for fruit? or just for drinks?

23 replies

tabby9146 2011-01-16 12:35:00 -0600 Report

I sometimes use Stevia, but like Splenda better but I don't overdo them. Many days I don't use any artificial sweeteners. I like a little Splenda in coffee sometimes and tea. Sometimes I bake wtih it. I am interested in the new Splenda with fiber but it is all pricey.

tonyandme 2011-01-15 19:10:08 -0600 Report

there is one that is less artifical, it is called SUN CRYSTALS; made from a blend of stevia and pure cane sugar, less junk in it. tastes great in a glass of iced tea!!

oncountydavid 2011-01-10 15:23:21 -0600 Report

I personally like splenda or stevia and they satisfy my sweet tooth but I try not to use it much and only as a treat

Lisa07 2011-01-10 13:21:24 -0600 Report

I like Truvia is natural and it taste really good, and it won't upset my stomach. Fyi i use splenda for baking you should give it a try!!! have a good day:-)

Lin_Ireland 2011-01-10 12:10:32 -0600 Report

Splenda and Truvia (sativa) they are both great, i use them in everything . the only thing i havent tried them in is baking bread. n I thi8n the stevia has the edge here because it is natural and the yeast should like it

PetiePal 2011-01-09 12:00:02 -0600 Report

I've stick to Splenda and Stevia now. Trader Joe's Stevia is actually very good and doesn't have a chemical or weird taste to it at all. AND it comes also in a jar you can just spoon out as much as you need.

I rely on splenda though for sweetening pretty much everything I need to. It doesn't break down in hot drinks at a cellular level either like Equal so it's great for baking too.

sloane 2011-01-09 08:22:38 -0600 Report

I agree with Gabby-Stevia is a great choice. I also rely on sweet fruits t add to my fruit salad-such as watermelon..the juice sweetens everything else.

GabbyPA 2011-01-08 23:47:20 -0600 Report

My favorite sweetener is Stevia- Sweet Leaf is the brand I use. It is 100% Stevia, so I guess it doesn't fit the "artificial" part of your question. It is my alternate sweetener. I am growing my own plant, though it looks rather sad right now. I hope it makes it through the winter so I can get it in the ground.

My reason...well, if you read the book "Sweet Deception" you will find out for yourself why I don't use any of the "baby outfit" colors Ray talks about. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/books/63-sweet-deception-why-splenda-nutrasweet-and-the-fda-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health I like the taste well enough and to me it doesn't leave an aftertaste. Though, to some it does.

The "artificial" part comes in when I use Stevia in the Raw. It is the bulk sweetener I use in some of my baking. It is "artificial" because it has corn products in it to give it a similar texture to Splenda. I only use it in baking and in my lemonade for the family.

Pretty much otherwise, I use natural sugars, agave nectar and some honey.

re1ndeer 2011-01-09 08:36:30 -0600 Report

May I ask, where you got your Stevia plant? Sounds interesting and I like to grow plants and garden.

RAYT721 2011-01-08 18:28:35 -0600 Report

It's funny but the first conversation I ever heard about sweeteners (pink, blue, or yellow) sounded more like my fellow diners were choosing a baby outfit. Ah, the old days! Now that I think about that 1980s meeting over coffee, those were simple times compared to today's selections of sweeteners and alternatives. My fav? I'm stuck on pink (sweet n low). Why? I haven't got a clue. I don't really taste a difference in them. None of them spike or don't spike my glucose. It's not really a price point difference. I guess I just think pink. I am interested in what other members have to say about their favorites and maybe somebody will sway me in their direction. What's on your mind, Sugar … or what sugar is on your mind???

jayabee52 2011-01-09 02:16:27 -0600 Report

I used to use the pink a lot. But ladely when I drink coffee or tea I have learned to do without any sweetener. I still have boxes of sweet n low.

I don't use any alternative sweetener because of the studies which have suggested that weight gain is partially due to those alternative sweeteners.

I didn't use neutrasweet because of the bad rap about it. I hadn't used Splenda for a while becaues it had a laxitave effect on me.

If I absolutely need sugar I use Whey Low, a mixture of lactose & fructose. It is the only sugar alternative that didn't upset Jem's stomach. I still have 15 lbs of it left because I got free shipping with 20 lbs packages. But since she's passed on I don't use it much at all.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 03:51:15 -0600 Report

Im sorry to read about her passing. I thank God that it dont have a laxitave affect on me. I dont need to be in the bathroom all day.

jayabee52 2011-01-09 10:23:49 -0600 Report

When I was working, I drank a lot of Shasta sodas. I had no idea it would do it to me. I would get 2 or 3 cans of soda in me and then I would have to go, big time! Once I didn't make it to the bathroom, and really made a mess. I finally figured it out and stopped cold turkey. Not fun!

re1ndeer 2011-01-08 18:34:24 -0600 Report

I myself like Stevia, yes, it has an after taste, but it's more "Natural" sugar.(even though it's considered a sweetner)
I also, am learning about Truvia, and I might try that as well.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-09 03:54:14 -0600 Report

I heard about Truvia but I havent tryed it because im scared to. When I tryed sweet and low and equal it made me vomit alot.

Type1Lou 2011-01-08 17:34:30 -0600 Report

I'm a big fan of Splenda or sucralose. You can replace much, if not all of the sugar in dessert recipes (cookies need a mixture of sugar and Splenda to get the right texture; cakes benefit from some sugar…I use 1/4 sugar and 3/4 sucralose; you can replace all the sugar with Splenda/sucralose in custard, cheesecakes and pudding-type desserts). Just remember that you still have to factor how many carbs you're ingesting.