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5/18/10 9:05 A

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Truvia is better than Stevia but still has a little bit of the bitter aftertaste. I read a post of someone who used a combination of stevia/sugar so I have tried combining small portion of honey with truvia. also I find that it takes less of maple syrup to get the sweetness level I want. Don't forget your sweet spices such as cinamon, nutmeg, etc... I have not tried using fruit concentrate to sweeten anything, but it's a thought.

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5/17/10 2:23 P

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Has anyone used "Truvia"... Stevia has too much of an aftertaste for me... I can't drink bitter coffee and I do enjoy "sweet" tasting things... I am somewhat carb sensitive so agave or honey seems a bit much because I would have to use too much of it... If I add Benefiber or some kind of natural powdered fiber to what I drink maybe that would help with the carb sensitivity... any suggestions/thoughts????

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5/13/10 12:52 P

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Lauren, Would you like to do a guest blog for mine about eating whole foods? The link is below. Let me know! My email is dogislandfarm at gmail dot com.

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5/13/10 12:30 P

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I have a blog about eating whole foods, and I'm starting a series called work on it wednesday. The idea is to work on eliminating (or changing) one thing from your life every week, and next week is (guess what!) artificial sweeteners. I would love to have you all join me if you would like.


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Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into more info on agave.

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5/7/10 5:45 P

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Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into more info on agave.

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Don't give honey to infants under 1 year of age. Older children it's fine. I wouldn't recommend giving sugary/sweetened anything to a 1 year old though. LOL

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I may be wrong on this info but I thought you weren't supposed to give young kids honey since it's not pasterized...maybe it's babies. I can't remember.

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I'd be wary of Agave. It's made the same way HFCS is made. It's also a low glycemic index because it's almost pure fructose, which isn't good for you in the absence of fiber (like in fruit). Go with raw honey instead. It has a lot of nutrients in it.

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I'm partial to Sun Crystals, which is stevia with a touch of sugar in it. I feel like it doesn't have the same after taste that pure stevia has. For the kids I use agave nectar which still has the calories, but a lower glycemic index.

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Stevia has been used for hundreds of years by native tribes in So. America. It's much safer and definitely natural.

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I'm dealing with that now too! The coffee is just not the same without my splenda. I have been trying to drink black. I don't dare put sugar, mollasses, honey, maple syrup in it because it takes so much to even taste it in the coffee. Today I broke down and added Stevia although I don't think thats so good for you either. Maybe it is the lesser of two evils. I did find that a small portion of maples syrup was good on oatmeal as long as you add it after you cook the oatmeal. Luckly my cheerios with fruit really doesn't need any sweetener. What do you guys think of frozen concentrate fruit juice as a sweetener?

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SPARKLOVE - it was Sweet n Low I was using but I was so pleased to be rid of the headaches I have never used any other sweetener since. With so many artifical ingredients it just cant be good for you. I have pretty much quit coffee unless I use suger, or flavored creamer and just stick to tea w/ honey. If I need something sweetened I cut back the sugar.

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Reducing sugar and completely eliminating a/s is the best way to go. Try naturally sweeter teas like Good Earth Original or Chai. Use milk instead of sweeteners in them too. There is also Stevia, a natural sweetener that is 0 calories.

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LLOYDCM : Which A/S was giving you the headaches?
I just found out that I am diabetic and need something to sweeten my coffee with ....I can't stand coffee or tea without sugar.

To anyone who cares to reply, do you think reducing sugar is better than A/S ?



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I used to suffer from headaches pretty much daily and could not figure out why. I used artificial sweeteners for baking and tea/coffee. A friend said A/S gave her headaches so I cut it out completely. Have not had a problem since. I can always tell if I unknowingly eat/drink something with A/S as the headache is instant.

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4/29/10 3:51 P

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I avoid all artificial sweeteners, and I'm trying to cut out sugar too (easier said than done).


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Good article. I wish they covered Splenda too, which I feel is just as toxic.

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This is a must read and listen, we at whole foods believe that artificial anything is wrong, but just wanted to share.
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