I think the trick would be to find out how many calories it actually has. My understanding is that it has at least 1 g carbohydrate per serving/packet, which means it has 1/4 the calories of sugar for the same sweetening power. You have to decide whether it's worth the difference in price. For me, it might be worth it if I were baking or making a dessert, but most days I just don't use that much sweetener. The difference between 16 calories for a teaspoon of sugar or 4 calories for a packet of this stuff won't make or break your weight loss program if you only use one serving a day in your coffee, but it might if you're eating a dessert every day.
As for safety, I can't find any info on how they make the monk fruit extract, but that's not a very large part of the sweetener, anyway. It's mostly erythritol, which is probably the safest of the low-calorie sweeteners. Unlike the other sugar alcohols, it doesn't cause tummy problems for most people. It does still make foods taste/feel cold, but the main drawback to erythritol has always been price. Erythritol is what I would use as my main sweetener if it were easier to find and less pricey.
In fact, I would check the price and consider just getting erythritol if it's not much more. The monk fruit extract probably isn't harmful, but it hasn't been tested and I'm sure it doesn't lower the price any, so why bother, when erythritol without it tastes good and has a long track record of safety?
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I began to notice that after a while of using sweetners, I have a sensitivity to some of them. My doctor Agrees and said some are not very healthy and pack almost as many calories as sugar.
From what I've read, it contains sugar & molasses & monk fruit and erythritol (spelling?) which is a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols bloat me up like a stuck pig. hmmmm. Personally I don't reckon it's worth the cost.
On their website, they go on and on about monk fruit. Which is fabulous. But it isnt the first ingredient listed in Nectresse. And remember, "natural" doesn't mean they just squeezed some fruit or leaves or whatever, and the sweet juice or powder or whatever came out. They have to process that stuff somehow.
I posted a question about this a couple weeks ago. I have not tried it yet but if you go to their website you can send for a free sample (which I did!) Also Dietitian Becky posted that she was doing an article on it that will be posted in a week or two.
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Has anyone tried Nextresse Sweetener?
I saw it on the shelf the other day and thought about giving it a try, but it was a bit expensive. I wanted to hear what others thought about it before I spend the money on it and it ends up at work in the break room with a "use me" post-it (like the stevia in the raw I bought)
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