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FANCYQTR
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True stevia is natural. I have a plant of it growing in a pot out back. The problem is, just like Splenda, a lot of companies use chemicals to process it the way they want. Same is true of a lot of natural things. I have read that Truvia is processed using chemicals, but I can't say for sure. If you read the package, though, you will find it is Stevia and a sugar alcohol, not pure Stevia. Most of them are. PureVia, I think is also with the sugar alcohol. Stevia in the Raw was, but I think they changed to Dextrose or something like that. Several of the powdered stevia products have a fiber of some type.

Some people find stevia to have an aftertaste like licorice. I haven't found it to have an aftertaste except when I have gotten too much of it in something. But all the other sweeteners also have an aftertaste if too much is used. There have been a lot of complaints about Vitamin Water switching to stevia because they say it has an aftertaste. I think that it had an aftertaste before, it was just a different one. Just about all diet drinks or sugar free drinks they use too much sweetener and they take getting used to so that the aftertaste isn't so bad. I can't drink but about 3 kinds (and they have to be the right brand, too) without the aftertaste being too bad for me to handle.

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I thought Stevia was natural... what has been the bad press about it?

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Wow your stats are amazing- congrats. I'm in a huge rut, so reading your post is inspirational.

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The Splenda has been around in the U.S. longer (and everywhere longer than Truvia I guess, which is a blend with a sugar alcohol), but stevia has been around for much longer in other countries.

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I don't know about "better" - but there is more data on Splenda, since it has been around longer. I use both, though mostly Splenda. (I've also used the "blends" with real sugar -- had particularly good luck with Domino's brown sugar/splenda.) Both are probably just fine in reasonable amounts.

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I got C&H (Dominos) blend of stevia and sugar today. I want to try some recipes I got yesterday that call for Truvia Blend, but it cost more and has the sugar alcohol as the main ingredient. The C&H didn't have the sugar alcohol included. I think it would be better. I have read that both Splenda and Truvia are chemically made, though both originally come from natural ingredients. So I am hoping that the C&H will work well for these.

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I avoid as much processed, chemical filled foods as possible. When it comes to sweetener I'm using organic raw honey, real maple syrup, or just regular sugar (and coconut sugar).

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I drink my coffee black and really enjoy it. It took some time to get used to it but now wouldn't go back--------60 years of black. Give it a try

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I switched to stevia but with all the negative press...maybe I will try once again to enjoy coffee with just a little dairy.



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I'm with you; I also use molasses occasionally. But everything in tiny bit. 1/4 tsp sugar with a cup of coffee really is enough for me.

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I checked out all the different types too, but I finally decided to stick with sugar in moderation, honey, or maple syrup.

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I didn't know that about Agave. Thanks for mentioning. Guess I'd better stay away from the Agave.

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Agave marketed itself as plant honey, so I didn't think too much about adding a bit to sweeten coffee, similar to how I'd use honey. So careless of me.

But it's not bee honey. It's a super powerful laxative for me. Useful to know when if and when I need a laxative, but not a desired unplanned effect.


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I read a blog yesterday on stevia. It said that most of the commercial Stevia that is from the companies that were pushing FDA to approve it area chemically processed (that including Truvia, Pure Via, Stevia in the Raw). They also have the additives of Erithritol or another sugar alcohol that often cause problems for people with gastric trouble. The recommended were organic, 100% pure stevia. I had been to a gluten-free bakery where they would not use any stevia in their products because they said it was chemically processed and that causes neurological problems and also joint problems. I was looking it up and that doesn't show up as side effects for pure stevia, so maybe that is the chemical processing that causes it. I hope that is the only thing causing the problems. I prefer stevia for sweetening my iced tea.

The problem with Splenda is probably the processing, too, because it is from sugar but is chemically processed to get it to where it is sweet without the spikes that sugar causes and without the amount of calories.

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When stevia was first discovered, it was only available to me as an actual green plant. I dried some leaves and then pounded it into a powder. I was excited that it was sweet with no blood sugar effects.

But I was unsuccessful in using stevia. It floated at the top of my coffee and it wouldn't play well in baked goods.

I haven't actually tried Truvia, because my thought is that it had to be processed a million times over to be useful. Since I can't stand Splenda's after-taste, I was thinking that Truvia now had after-taste which plain old steve did not.

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I use sugar for baking, but Splenda, agave or honey in my tea depending on my mood.

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Truvia gives me painful backaches on the third day. I have tried several times but now I know - backache=Truvia.

I just measure out regular sugar, honey or male syrup now. I REALLY miss artificial sweetener in my plain yogurt, but the backache is debilitating.

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Many people may not like or agree with me but they are both very bad for you. I know some places tell you they are better for you than sugar but in reality they are more than 200 times sweeter than sugar, that is like adding 200 packs of sugar to you coffee. Just not what I need. You can look up the different sugars and find how much they each contain. They also make you crave sugar. Sorry to those who disagree with me but I just like people to know the truth.



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I use Stevia now...I have in the past used Splenda but because of all the bad reviews and reports I switched to Stevia...now there are some bad reviews and reports for it too....maybe best to use raw sugar,honey or maple sugar instead...in moderation of course.

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Check the ingredients list on the Stevia kind you get. Many of those like Truvia are mostly sugar alcohol (erythritol). For some people they find the Stevia to have an aftertaste they don't like (I have only had that when I got too much in something). My guess is they use the erythritol to try to get rid of the aftertaste and also so that the measurement is more like sugar. Stevia alone is something like 300 times the sweetness of sugar, so needs very little. I usually use 8 drops of the liquid for a very large iced tea. The time I got the bad aftertaste I had used one drop in a Chinese hot tea cup.

One thing they say is not to use Stevia if you are allergic to rag weed.

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I have a huge box of splenda that I am using and think I'm going to switch to Truvia.



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Good discussion with less financial sway than on the web in general
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i use true stevia (the plant or the green powder), raw honey or coconut nectar.

Splenda is made in a lab and my digestive system does not do well with laboratory made crap.

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I try to only use Stevia.



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This is a good discussion! I enjoyed reading it....



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wish I did not need to use any sweetner.....I use splenda probably too much



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I use Stevia most of the time. Not the Truvia very often, though, because it has a sugar alcohol that gives me problems with my IBS. Sugar alcohols, if you get too much, will cause diarrhea. I will use Splenda sometimes for recipes like a pie, but otherwise don't use it.

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http://www.dietitiancassie.com/the-truth-on-truvia/

This is an article that talks about each ingredient and kind of makes me wish I didn't buy the Truvia. Seems like its not any better for you, and it really doesnt help that they are owned by coca cola!

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Wow! Looks like I should maybe move away from Splenda, which I have lately been using without giving it a second thought. Hmm. emoticon



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I use Stevie when I drink my ice tea...hot or cold



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I think sugar in limited quantities is probably better for you. If I use an artificial sweetener, I use Truvia but I feel a little guilty.



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I use stevia or sugar



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sounds like both are bad



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Can anyone tell me which is really better Stevia or Truvia? I was toldthat truvia does still have some chemicals in it. emoticon Thanks


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Truvia is all natural and Splenda is sucrolose which is toxic in our bodies.

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I prefer Truvia.

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I use truvia, its natural and lets face it that has to be better for us, right!



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I preferred Agave



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I use Sweetleaf SweetDrops pure liquid Stevia. I get mine in 4 oz bottles thru Amazon.

I do not use Truvia or other similar stevia products because they contain sugar alcohols that cause intestinal problems. Sugar alcohols can cause diarrhea, gas, etc. I don't use Splenda because of the effects on your bladder.

I have done lots of research on this choice and am happy with my findings and the choice of my sweetener.

This is only my opinion and what I know works best for me with no side effects of any type. I hope you find a sweetener that works for each of you.



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You can grow your own stevia. Use it whole or grind it up. Unprocessed. Always question the processing methods.



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I did not think any of them were not good for you. My Pharmacist said Truvia is better for you. splenda messes with the thyroid....recent studies. I, myself use the pink stuff, have most of my life.

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Truvia



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Whenever I have anything with Splenda my head will start to itch and my eyes water, as if I had allergies, which I do not. I stay totally away from it and only use Stevia




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Thanks for the discussion!

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My sister's nutritionist recommended that she use either Truvia or Stevia as they are natural plant based sweeteners. She said to stay away from Splenda or any of the other artificial sweeteners.

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I use Splenda now and then as I do not like stevia or Truvia. I don't think there is a difference in health issues between the two, don't really have much of a concern about using Splenda in small amounts.

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I have no idea. I don't and won't use either.



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Truvia is the healthier of the 2 it is closest to Stevia an all natural sweetener several times sweeter than sugar. It can be used in cooking but be mindful to use less. I prefer Stevia of xyzetol, honey or agava. Why use the artificial stuff and put poison in your body?



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I won't use either. I don't use artificial sweeteners. They will eventually be prooven harmful, I'm certain.

Why not just have the real thing and eat in moderation!? It's more satisfying anyway.



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Splenda is no more processed than any other food in a package. Truvia is also processed. Each individual has more or less enzymes and other food processing chemicals in their body and that is why some people like some products more than others (if you eliminate psych issues related to foods). You just have to try it and see which one is more appealing to you and has less annoying effects. There is no such thing as a food that is always good for you. you can even overdose on water.

Sucrose is the chemical name for table sugar. Sucralose, though its name is very similar to that of sucrose, is a different molecule. The human body cannot digest sucralose, so it doesn't contain any calories. Due to its sweet flavor, however, it sweetens food and is often used as a sugar substitute.
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Sucralose is a non-nutritive sweetener, meaning that it has a sweet taste, but contains no calories. Sucrose, on the other hand, is table sugar. It both tastes sweet and contains calories, meaning that it can provide energy to the cells. Like sucrose, sucralose maintains its sweet taste in liquid; at different pH, or acidity, levels; and even if exposed to heat. As such, it's possible to use sucralose in hot or cold beverages and in baked goods, just like sucrose.
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Physical Differences

Sucrose consists of two small sugar rings, a glucose ring and a fructose ring, chemically bonded together, explain Drs. Reginald Garrett and Charles Grisham in their book "Biochemistry." Sucralose, however, consists of a galactose ring and a fructose ring, bonded together. Galactose is a small sugar, like glucose, but has a different physical structure than that of glucose.
Elemental Differences

Sucrose consists only of the atoms carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Its chemical formula is C12H22O11, explain Drs. Mary Campbell and Shawn Farrell in their book "Biochemistry." Sucralose has some of the oxygen and hydrogen atoms that would be present in a normal sugar replaced with chlorine atoms, giving it the chemical formula C22H19Cl3O8. The chlorine atoms change the biochemical properties of the sugar, and affect human digestive processes.
Digestive Differences

For you to absorb a sugar and benefit from the calories contained in the sugar, your body must first separate the sugar rings from one another. When you consume sucrose, the enzyme sucrase separates glucose from fructose and your intestines absorb the small sugar rings. When you consume sucralose, you are not able to separate the galactose from the fructose ring, because you don't have the enzyme necessary to break that bond. As a result, you cannot digest or absorb sucralose.
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Because there's no way for the human body to digest sucralose or absorb its sugar rings, it's impossible to extract any nutrition or caloric content from the sugar. Humans extract calories from nutrient molecules at the cellular level, explains Dr. Lauralee Sherwood in her book "Human Physiology." As such, simply taking a food into the digestive tract isn't sufficient to extract calories. Functionally, therefore, sucrose provides energy, while sucralose does not.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/299583-how-is-sucrose-different-than-sucralose/#ixzz26f4vdHZT




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I agree that a little sugar is OK. 1 tsp is only 15 calories.

Splenda or Truvia (stevia) are acceptable to me in small amounts. Just not aspertaime, that stuff is bad.

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sugar in itself is not super loaded with calories, unless you eat heaps of it. I dont feel good eating any chemicals, esp if they are known to be controversial..

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I use Splenda in baking but prefer Swetn 'n Low in my coffee or tea.

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I seldom use sweeteners. When I do it's Splenda. I'm stilll waiting for final research results on stevia (truvia, etc).



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good info.every one



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I also use splendja but have not tried truvia. As with everything there is always someone who has problems.. Just do what is right for you.

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I grow my own stevia, dry it and powder it in the blender - can't get much more pure than that! Splenda is just nothing but nasty chemicals that are bad, bad for you!



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Truvia, is actually a sort of sweetener, and providers choose the very best segments of Stevia vegetation in making it. To illustrate, just one wrapping of Truvia offers the same sweet flavor such as not one but two tea spoons of sugars.

You can find many different suppliers that offer certain foods in conjunction with beverages who actually work with Truvia as a sweetener additive. Then again resulting from the basic fact a number of men and women have listed a variety of adverse reactions the studies proceeding and several states all over the planet believe of setting Truvia removed from utilization. With that in mind, every thing would be distinct when the studies have shown if there are really complications of Truvia.

Reported by many product reviews the most popular problem Truvia leads to is in fact intestinal. Every time a person takes large volumes of Truvia flatulence and also extra gasses can happen, in addition to hard stools and also colon obstructions. It's also been recognized by several persons that they've encountered acute migraines and ended up sensing tired as a result of Truvia. Knowing that you've got to be watchful if you undergo particular allergy symptoms.

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In any health food store like Whole Foods, but I think they have it at Walmart www.walmart.com/ip/Spring-Valley-Stevia-Al
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Can you buy pure stevia...where do you find it? I've used truvia, but it doesn't seem sweet enough as I'm used to sweet and low in my coffee.



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Truvia is much better, but it is also more expensive.
I get bad headaches when using any artificial sweetener so I can't use Splenda. But I've used Truvia for months and it is great, I just wish it was a bit more affordable!



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I use Splenda but my youngest daughgter uses Trvia. Splenda is good for me & it is also a lot cheaper than Truvia.


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I agree with that assessment!

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I use Sugar, Splenda, Equal, and have tried Truvia.

I generally use Splenda. Truvia does not seem to be the right taste to me.

The problem I have is that the Splenda negative information is mostly anecdotal. The symptoms listed in many sites may be true, but all foods, organic or not, can cause issues. People have trouble with all types of food. Peanuts are good, unless you are allergic. Whole Wheat is good, unless you are allergic. Soy is good, unless you are allergic. Soy can also be bad in large quantities because of possible estrogen increases. If you read up on soy, you'll see sites that say it is God's gift to man, then another site that says Soy causes high estrogen levels and complications. Like the Splenda, aspartame sites, the reports are anecdotal, and not scientific. And soy is "Natural". Natural neither means good or bad, really. E. Coli is natural, but I don't want to eat it. Water is natural, but drink 2 gallons in a sitting, and you could have a heart attack due to lowered electrolytes.

Read this website: http://www.dhmo.org/truth/Dihydrogen-Monoxide.html

The site reads like the Anti Splenda sites, or dozens of sites protesting something.

For instance, some say that Splenda caused them intestinal distress. I believe them, but corn (Pop Corn, Corn on the cob, corn chips, etc) cause my wife instestinal distress. Corn is "natural".

So my take is that some people have issues with some foods/chemicals, some don't. If you use it in moderation, and have no apparent side effects, it is probably o.k.

I am considering going back to sugar, only because I use so little sweetener, and at 16 calories a teaspoon, sugar isn't all that bad in small doses. I probably would use more than 4 teaspoons a day. The occasional soda will still have aspartame or splenda, but if I am drinking less than a can of soda a day (which is where I am right now), there really isn't a whole lot of sweetener in my diet anyway.

If you are drinking 12 cans of soda a day, naturally or artificially sweetened, then you are going to have issues with your diet anyway, natural or not.



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Splenda, but I will look it up on the website because I always have swelling in my body and one person on here said Splenda was the cause of her swelling!
Lots of good info on here, thanks!

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Truvia IS stevia, splenda is not. Splenda is an artificial sweetner and is NOT good for you. It turns into FAT once it enters your body (although all sugars do.) But splenda is man-made, Truvia is not. Truvia is the same thing as Stevia. Stevia comes in multiple forms, liquid, crystal/cane, and powder (much harder to find). Truvia is a "brand" name of stevia. Stevia is the plant name for a plant from which the sweetner is grown. It is organic, not man-made. Therefore I strongly recommend that you use Truvia vs. Splenda.

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I only use pure Stevia...not Truvia. It's super sweet though, so you don't need as much. My favorite is to cut up an apple into bite sized pieces, then sprinkle a little stevia and cinnamon on top. Nuke it for about a minute, and VOILA instant yumminess! :)

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I have been using Organic agave nectar. It is a bit costly about $3,50 to $4.00 per bottle. It is a natural sweetener, made from the leaves of the agave plant. and has a low glycemic index.
It can also be used for a vegan diet. It has no additives or preservatives. Its great for most anything requiring sugar. 2/3rds of a cup of this is = to 1 cup of sugar. 1 tbl is 60 cal/ 0 fat. I actually do not need to use a full serving when adding it to hot tea, or cereal.

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I use stevia exclusively. I have not found any information that indicates that it is "bad" at all, and there is plenty of scary information about artificial sweeteners. I have it only once a day in my morning tea, and try to satisfy my sweet tooth with only real food, like fruit. No one said this would be easy!

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Great information,thanks everyone!

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I don't like the taste of Truvia/Stevia but I keep reading/trying to learn about it just in case it turns out to be better health-wise than Splenda.



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