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What are the best sugar substitues for

1-adding to cold food

2-adding to beverages

3-cooking/baking

There are so many options, I'd like to hear what you've enjoyed (ok, and what you hated, too!) Thanks!

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My vote is for Splenda/Sucralose...all the way around. It's not sugar, but it tastes amazingly close to me. No diarrhea, and it won't kill my dog.

Would stand to reason that different people experience the taste of different sweeteners different ways, though.

Stevia tastes horrifically bitter to me. I get along pretty well with aspertame, but like sucralose better. Saccharin tastes as bad to me as Stevia does. Bleh.

That said, I think all of these are safe used in moderation.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/artificial-sweeteners/art-20046936

Will offer one word of caution...if you use sugar alcohols like xylitol KEEP IT AWAY FROM YOUR PETS...it can kill dogs and cats. http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-toxins-poisons/xylitol-poisoning-dogs-a-deadly-sugar-substitue

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Mostly splenda/sucralose for the best all around. Works when heated and even for cooking which many don't. It is taste neutral.

Stevia has it's own flavor to it so you either like that or you don't. I like it in some things, but can't put it in my coffee ugh.

I really like Swerve because it has a granulated version that cooks like sugar--so if you want to carmelize something you can--nuts, fruit, etc. It's sugar alcohol (Erythritol) with some oligosaccharides.

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I find swerve is really good in recipes and sucralose liquid is good in beverages. Have some liquid stevia also but I never use it....so far since preop diet I have not used any at all other than what is in PP shakes, crystal light and Powerade Zero. For me, if I start baking or making sweet things that is a very slippery slope that I have cannonballed down before.

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Let me show my age- I really liked Calcium Cyclamate best of everything.!

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Another erstwhile sweeter, somebody's University Research in the late 60s Early 70s said it did. e-vile things and they yanked it off the market.And sweet and lo and the rest of the saccharine family took over the spot. Like Splenda it sweetened without a bitter aftertaste. Wish I'd stockpiled it!

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I personally prefer Splenda, which also now has a liquid version (Splenda Zero) that comes in a Mio-like package. Saw it at Target for the first time this weekend.

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How odd, even though I started this thread, I didn't receive any notifications. Maybe they all came when I was locked out of the forums.

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How/why did you get locked out of the forums? Never mind, I just read your other post. I had to stop all the notifications because they were filling up in inbox but since I usually look on here a few times a day I am able to keep up with it.

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You may have noticed from my post totals that I am rather a Chatty-Cathy. So my inbox was flooded. Now I've got the setting to one email a day. Much better!

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Is honey bad to use? I hardly ever have anything with sugar in it especially now that I quit drinking coffee. I'm not a big dessert person either. I guess as I've aged I've lost my sweet tooth. Only thing I ever enjoyed ALOT pre surgery was tropical skittles.

Anyway, Honey. Is it bad to use as a sweetener?

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On 08/02/2018 at 16:20, J San said:



Is honey bad to use? I hardly ever have anything with sugar in it especially now that I quit drinking coffee. I'm not a big dessert person either. I guess as I've aged I've lost my sweet tooth. Only thing I ever enjoyed ALOT pre surgery was tropical skittles.




Anyway, Honey. Is it bad to use as a sweetener?


Is honey on your plan?

Honey is the same as actual sugar in most ways—calorically and glycemic index are very similar. It’s not really a sugar substitute in the way these are.

Honey would not have been on my plan while I was losing weight and it isn’t on my plan in maintenance. I save my calories for things with nutritional value 90% of the time. Honey would be in the same treat category as sugar for me.

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I looked at back of a bottle after I posted the question and was surprised at the numbers. Carbs=16g, Calories=60 and sugar=16g. I had no idea, thought it was natural so it would be ok for you. WOW.

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