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BIGBADBETTY Posts: 726
6/23/13 3:17 P

Just a warning about Xylitol - it is highly toxic to dogs. I would never have it in my house because I have a small dog. She is very fast when it comes to dropped food.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/20/13 11:33 A

I have tried erythritol as well in the form of Swerve Sweetener (you can find in online, and yes, it's expensive). I like it in my coffee.

ANARIE Posts: 12,468
6/20/13 11:19 A

I just want to put in that while erythritol is a sugar alcohol, it is much less likely to cause tummy upset than other sugar alcohols. Very few people react that way to erythritol. It's also much closer to being "natural" than the granulated stevia-based products like Truvia/PureVia. Most researchers think it's probably the safest low-calorie sweetener-- it hasn't been linked to any problems.

Except financial ones. It's really expensive, and not easy to find.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/20/13 11:12 A

Xylitol that is from birch trees (or birch sugar, but not from corn) is YES beneficial for you. It's also an anti-bacterial. I have some, and it's tasted delicious--so far in everything.

DEB62BIE62 Posts: 2,890
6/19/13 5:36 P

Someone said that Idea is good. Haven't heard of it before. Has anyone else? emoticon

EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,242
6/19/13 4:22 P

Yes, I should have mentioned that it's the only sugar-type sweetener which has actually been found to be beneficial for your teeth!

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6/19/13 4:16 P

Just be aware that Xylitol is a calorie reduced sweetener - comparatively, it has about 60% of the calories found in sucrose (table sugar). As an added bonus it has been shown to inhibit tooth decay, which is why it is used in dental chewing gum.

Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 6/19/2013 (16:17)
EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,242
6/19/13 3:44 P

I've never noticed any after-taste with xylitol and I regularly tip it into my flatmate's sugar jar without telling him and he clearly can't tell the difference!

TOGEMON Posts: 244
6/19/13 3:26 P

When I tried stevia, it left a bitter after taste in my mouth, and I've heard them same from other people. Does xylitol have an after taste? Right now I use Splenda, and it doesn't give me any problems... but I would prefer something more natural.

EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,242
6/17/13 1:23 P

If you can find it, try xylitol instead. In the UK, it's called Perfect Sweet. It's made entirely from the bark of the birch tree. I work in a health food shop and we always point out to our customers that our Stevia brand adds maltodextrin so they are still getting a sugar. Xylitol doesn't have that issue at all.

MRSAND Posts: 973
6/17/13 1:20 P

I love the idea of adding a stevia plant to my herb containers!

FLAMEGLIMMER SparkPoints: (24,491)
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6/17/13 11:44 A

I saw one at a local nursery and picked it up out of curiosity. The thing grows like a weed- almost as fast as my mint plant does.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
6/15/13 12:46 A

I'm excited to try the actual plant. I just ordered one.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/14/13 9:16 P

I really enjoy the NuStevia brand packets and use them in smoothies, desserts, most everything but not my coffee--there's a noticable difference in coffee for me. In tea it's great. Another good sweetener is xylitol or birch sugar. Swerve is another, but it's not a high quality source like birch sugar.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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6/14/13 3:06 P

Splenda gave me terrific headaches; I've never had any problems with artificial sweeteners, but noticed I was having more headaches than usual. Stopped splenda. no more headaches. Started splenda. Bam, headache within 30 minutes.

Switched to stevia. No more headaches. I avoid Splenda like the plague now.

For those concerned about added ingredients you can always grow your own! I've not had much luck with seeds, myself, but perhaps you might. You can also order plants from places like Burpee depending on the state law (I can't get them in Georgia. Thanks USDA!)

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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6/14/13 2:29 P

We use stevia all of the time and have not had any issues. We don't use the packets.

KASIMA52 SparkPoints: (463)
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6/14/13 2:24 P

Erythritol is not dangerous, but if your packets have it as the main ingredient, there is more of that than Stevia. If eaten in large amounts, sugar alcohols cause severe gas and diarrhea. I know this for a fact, because I once binged on an entire small bag of jelly beans made with sugar alcohols. It isn't pleasant.

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/0
2/17/xylitol-erythritol-sorbitolwhats-
that-ol-about/

LISAMI Posts: 33
6/14/13 2:09 P

Thanks for your responses. I saw the extract at Whole Foods, will try that and Truvia. Had weird reactions to Splenda etc...like panic attack symptoms: tingling extremities, anxiety, chest heaviness. Stopped the sweetners and the symptoms stopped?

BRITTANYLYNN92X Posts: 11
6/14/13 1:39 P

i don't know why it keeps double posting. sorry!



Edited by: BRITTANYLYNN92X at: 6/14/2013 (13:40)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
6/14/13 1:36 P

One of the stores in my area carries the green stevia powder. When I used to use the packets, I used a whole packet to sweeten my recipes. However, I found using the actual green stevia powder, 1/8 tsp is almost too much.

I grew my own stevia plant several years ago. I dehydrated a couple leaves and ran them through the coffee grinder. It worked miracles.

BRITTANYLYNN92X Posts: 11
6/14/13 1:33 P

i have never used those or seen those brands in my local grocery store. Truvia is steve leaf extract, erythritol, and natural flavors.



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6/14/13 1:29 P

And here is some information on Maltodextrin. I don't like it mostly because of GMO foods used to produce it, and you don't know if it contains wheat, so not gluten-free.

http://blog.fooducate.com/2009/08/10/7-t
hings-to-know-about-maltodextrin-food-
additive/

Edited by: KASIMA52 at: 6/14/2013 (13:29)
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6/14/13 1:25 P

I don't use Truvia, but look on the back of the packet and see what it says. I know that Pyure and NOW Better Stevia both have maltodextrin as the first ingredient, which means that's what most of it is. If you think about it, you only need 1/32nd of a teaspoon of stevia to equal one tsp. of sugar, so whatever else is in those packets is filler.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
6/14/13 1:24 P

I think you will find this SP article on STEVIA to be of interest and help:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1273


Becky

BRITTANYLYNN92X Posts: 11
6/14/13 1:16 P

That is weird I have never seen any stevia packets with malodextrin. But, then again I only look for pure stevia extract. One of my favorite packets is truvia.

Edited by: BRITTANYLYNN92X at: 6/14/2013 (13:19)
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6/14/13 1:12 P

Stevia is safe, but look out for the packets. They are mostly either rice maltodextrin or regular maltodextrin, and some have other ingredients. You can buy the extract on eBay really cheap and it lasts forever. I have the tiny spoon that came with my NOW brand in a bottle, but I used to just wet a toothpick or piece of pasta and dip it in about 2 inches and put that into my coffee (12 oz.) Just do it until it's sweet enough. I actually am growing a Stevia plant, and trying to figure out now how many leaves to use in my lemon water.

BRITTANYLYNN92X Posts: 11
6/14/13 12:55 P

Yes, stevia is natural unlike artificial sweeteners. I love it!!!!

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6/14/13 12:48 P

Yes it is safe - my wife uses the packets - I may try to get her to switch to the extract - more economical and better for the environment.

LISAMI Posts: 33
6/14/13 12:04 P

Hi, I was wondering if this sweetner is safe - I can't tolerate splenda, aspartame etc....Do you use the extract or powdered packets? Thanks...

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