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2/7/13 10:47 P

Honey and maple syrup are natural (but caloric) sweetener options. It is probably best to try to ween yourself off the sweet taste addiction though. Avoiding both natural and artificial sweeteners will make whole foods, like fruit, taste more sweet and satisfying.

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2/7/13 1:35 P

I lost 40 lbs., and I did not give up real sugar. I can't stand the taste of fake sugar at all and I think it's generally much healthier to eat sugary food less often than fill up with chemical sugars all the time.
Whenever there's an option, I go for a more natural form of sugar, such as agave nectar, date sugar, or honey.

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2/7/13 7:19 A

Nectresse does contain monk fruit, but it is NOT the main ingredient. Even though the ads "suggest" that it is. I would say that if artificial sweeteners upset your digestive system, you stick to sugar or honey or something like that, that doesn't cause you problems.

You could look for dessert recipes that more prominently feature fruit (naturally sweet). Baked apples, for example. If you're firing up that oven, anyway, to cook supper-- why not slide some apples in there too. By the time you finish the main course, dessert ought to be cool enough to eat.

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2/7/13 7:01 A

if i find a recipe i like that uses artificial sweeteners, i'll just look up the sugar to artificial sweetener ratio and sub sugar back in to the recipe. seems to work just fine. if i think the sugar is a little excessive, then i will use a little less.

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2/7/13 6:59 A

Yes, I can definitely use honey. Like I said, I know it's best to avoid those types of sweeteners altogether. I'm just not that great in the kitchen and sometimes need something easy. And you're right, the dessert ideas are great, but again, they use the no-calorie sweeteners. I guess I'm just not willing to do a trial & error with them. lol

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2/7/13 6:50 A

That stinks - I'm sorry! Can you use a little honey if you really need sweetness when you need it? If you eat mostly whole, natural foods, you don't need sweeteners anyway.

Re: hungry girl you really aren't missing much IMO. I think she's adorable but the cookbook I have has a lot of super-processed food. That being said, I like the dessert ideas.

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2/7/13 6:39 A

I have GI issues, and have been somewhat diagnosed with IBS. Artificial and no-calorie sweeteners, including Stevia & Truvia, make my stomach hurt, make me bloated, and just feel all around crappy. I always want to make the Hungry Girl recipes, but all of them seem to have no-calorie sweeteners in them. I'm wondering if anyone else out there has this issue, my question being have you tried any other kind of no-calorie "natural" sweetener like Nectresse or monk fruit and do you have any reaction to them? It would be great to just avoid all of that altogether, but I feel like once in a while it would be nice to be able to eat this stuff.

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