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1/14/12 10:16 P

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Thanks Bilby 4 for SP post forum. I have it saved. I like splenda w/ my cereal- 1 tsp. I use apple butter, applesauce. I like sugar. We've all heard everything in moderation. If one has a health complication, I would suggest talking to your physician. When we have questions or unsure what all this means, research it ourselves, and make the best choice individually.
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1/13/12 2:33 P

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There are many brands of stevia. You can buy whole leaf, and that's only the leaves ground up. I haven't tried it, but according to my mom, most people wouldn't like it. This product is greenish. There are also may brands of "white" stevia made from stevia extract. They all have to be bound to a bulking agent. Most companies use a form of dextrose (i.e. sugar). Some use fiber. Personally, when baking with stevia in the raw, I find it bitter but bearable. I only tried it in crust-less pumpkin pie, though. As far as the best brand, I came across it recently and there is no bitterness. It's called Soooo Sweet. It's great. They use fiber as the bulking agent. Also, stevia is not an artificial sweetener. Splenda is chlorinated sugar (which I sometimes do use still) and aspartame turns to formaldehyde and, as far as I remember, wood alcohol, in the body. You could say that the stevia products we use are artificial only in the way in which they are extracted and bound to the bulking agent. As far as side effects, from what I've seen on mercola.com, they are greatly exaggerated.
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3/4/11 7:45 P

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I think it tastes fine and I have no side affects.. KNOCK ON WOOD! :)

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1/31/11 4:37 P

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I tried Stevia but I also taste a bitter aftertaste. I wonder if Stevia is one of those items that tastes different to individuals -
I was thinking of using it for baking but when I realized how little I actually use sugar at all (a pound of brown sugar is over a year old, and I only used one jar of honey last year) I realized I will just stick with honey or maple syrup.

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1/20/11 9:00 P

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I am not being sensitive, nor offended, nor do i sit on my behind all day, I am sorry if i offended you, and i will not be so bold as to give you "my study as you say" it isn't my study. I also have a Hematologist as well as a Nephrologist, and both have said Stevia is ok for me. this is what makes the world go around different Dr. and different people with different points of view.
I believe you are being the sensitive and offended one. Isnt this what this team is suppose to be all about, different ideas on foods and etc. I believe your mind is made up and no one would be able to talk to you about any thing. Thats ok with me though i have another life. Take care and enjoy. emoticon emoticon
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1/20/11 10:50 A

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I am pointing out other items that are natural. You're being a little bit sensitive.

And no sugar isn't bad, it is something the body needs to function; it's called glucose. Without it you're brain cannot function and your body cannot produce blood cells.

The "reason" sugar is bad is bc ppl sit an their arses all day consuming 30+ tsps of it. too much of anything is bad, yes including veggies, fruits, ect.

Sugars are a vital part of how our bodies function. I don't need your study I just need the confirmation of my Hematologist and OBGNY; both have said to avoid Stevia and both have told of the side effects (important as I am trying to conceive that this time).

My original point is that just bc it comes from nature doesn't mean we need to give free license to put crap into our bodies. Some ppl prefer Stevia and that's fine. I have a problem however when they tried to pass it off as Symptom Free AND knocking on sugar- which is a VITAL part of the human function. Without it, your brain cannot do what it needs to do, your blood cannot reproduce, you're kidneys and liver get screwed up, ect.

Glucose is sugar. Regardless if you use honey, raw sugar, or table sugar it is all converted into that sweet glucose.

sucunant which also is natural- should not be consumed by pregnant woman as it interferes with baby's blood flow. So here's perhaps a *better* comparision of natural that won't offend you. Although natural, it has adverse medical complications for a certain population just as Stevia does.

I don't need a sham study, I need actual medical research. Sugar has been tested inside out and no side effects have EVER been found. No allergies, nothing thanks to it's chemical chain.

Stevia...not so much.

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1/20/11 1:14 A

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Actually, sugar is one of the worst things we can put in our body,and causes lots if people to be ill. I think you are going a little to far comparing Cocaine, anthrax,arsenic, i am not talking about drugs. I will get the site and tell you about it.
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1/19/11 11:06 P

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Actually Stevia has several side effects associated with it's use including migraines, nose bleeds, and even causes drops in sperm counts in men.

I stick to sugar, no one has ever had fertility side effects, nose bleeds, or worse from it's use.

Natural from a plant doesn't equal safe. Anthrax is plant based. Cocaine is plant based. Arsenic is found in the ground, water sources, rocks.

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1/19/11 9:24 P

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Am i the only person not to have any thing negative from stevia. Its from a plant. I have CKD and was told this was the best. I also did research an never found side effects. i have never tasted a bitter taste. At the holidays i used Stevia in the Raw and made my Peanut Butter Pie, cup for cup as it says on the package. I did not tell any one i was doing this, best pie you ever made, i used same ingredients except for the sugar and i used Stevia. Same when i make my Peanut Butter Fudge.
At least I'm not getting formaldehyde , which is in Splenda
Caroline.
By the way
Agave is 3 times sweeter than sugar so you dont use as much.

Edited by: CBEVNOW at: 1/19/2011 (21:27)
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1/4/11 2:45 A

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My goal is to get some Xylitol in the near future. I also would rather use some sugar or honey. No it's not low in calories, but as least it's less bad and isn't that what all of us 'natural' people strive for? Sometimes raw, organic or local is not attainable for us, but we all strive for less-bad and better-than.

Oh and by the way I read on mercola.com that although Agave nectar may be low on the glysemic index, the amount of actual sugars that still enter your bloodstream is something like 3x that of sugar. So yet again just because it's 'natural' doesn't mean its good for you! *sigh* so freakin hard to be healthy!

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12/9/10 9:55 P

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Stevia gives my massive migraines. No artificial sweeteners of any type for me. I read some of the side effects of Stevia and I have had a few. Can lead to fertility issues in men. Crazy! Let's keep in mind Anthrax is natural, plant based too. Just bc it comes from a plant, doesn't make it safe.

I'm a sugar and honey girl also. Loves me raw and organic.

It's not worth the crazy-scary side effects and unknown horrors that have yet to be discovered. Sugar may be taboo these days, but it's safe.

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12/6/10 11:09 A

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any kind of artificial sweetener kind of scares me. :/ i'll stick with honey or raw sugar.

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12/4/10 6:45 A

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You can do it, too. I hope it goes well for you.
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12/3/10 11:26 P

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Thanks for the link, it was an interesting read!
And I might try it, swapping 2x the stevia for Splenda in a recipe. See how it works. :)

Also, I saw your weight tracker, that is awesome! You're very inspiring to me, since you started right about where I am now and you are now at what I'd like to be! :) I'm happy to see that.

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12/3/10 11:22 P

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As far as Stevia being bitter, I found a Trader Joe's brand that isn't bitter. Just their brand of Stevia in a big white box. Cheap too.
But yeah, I know artificial sweeteners aren't good for you either. Stevia is natural, but Splenda isn't. That's hwy I want to replace it in recipes.

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12/3/10 11:20 P

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Stevia isn't an artificial sweetener. Splenda is though, that's why I'd like to replace Splenda with Stevia if I can.


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11/30/10 5:44 P

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I'm with Kricket. I don't use any artificial sweeteners.

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I'm convinced that all artificial sweeteners are bad for you and ultimately unsafe. I'm aware that the published research does not support this view but I'm not sure how much of it is scientific and how much of it is marketing. (Just my opinion.)
Having said that, I do use Stevia on occasion in yogurt but cannot stand its bitter aftertaste in my coffee. Seems like it changes flavor when put into warm/hot items. Have not tried it for baking or cooking. I'd say, make a small batch and see what happens.

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11/30/10 7:24 A

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My conclusion from this comparison - www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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That said, sweetness is a matter of personal taste. If it was me I would probably use the same amount and see what it was like.

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11/29/10 1:52 P

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I sous say experiment with it and see how it turns out

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11/29/10 1:50 P

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I've been using Stevia for a long time. But, unfortunately, the rest of the world hasn't exactly caught up yet. So sometimes I see a really great cookbook, but I'm disappointed to read most of the recipes include Splenda instead of Stevia (or even just Agave, natural sugar or honey).

I can't find a straight answer online. If a recipe calls for a packet of Splenda, can I just use the same amount of Stevia instead?

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