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I've had people swear by just about every sugar substitute that's out there and I've just heard about another one! Has anyone heard about stevia? What is it? How is it different? And most importantly, how does it taste?!?.

Anyone?..

Comments (45)

Your question was: Stevia vs Splenda for Medifast.

Stevia is a wonderful product, but can also take some time for your tastebuds to get used to it. It can be a bit bitter, depending on the brand. The best stevia product I have tried is called Stevia in the Raw..

I also recently found, in my grocery store, a product called Smart Sugar. Like Splenda, it is made from sugar, but does not have the aftertaste associated with most artificial sweeteners. The calorie/carb content is the same as Splenda. I've been using this to bake with for family and friends and it's awesome...

Comment #1

I don't like it I'm a Splenda user and was hoping I could switch to Truvia (made from the Stevia plant) but just can't get used to the taste...

Comment #2

Truvia is higher in carbs. 2 or 3 per packet I believe. Splenda, Equal, etc. have .9 carbs per packet. Seriously, see if you can find this Smart Sugar. I was amazed at how little artificial aftertaste there is...

Comment #3

I use stevia....my doctor explained that Splenda has a molecule of chlorine attached to it, and it is not good for females...not sure if that is true or not, but because she is my doc, I stopped splenda long ago and switched to Stevia....also has no glycemic impact...you get used to the taste fast...

Comment #4

What about Agave nectar? Is it too high in calories or carbs?.

Serving size - 1 tablespoon.

Servings per container - 15.

Calories - 60.

Total Fat - 0g.

Sodium - 0mg.

Total Carbohydrate - 16g (16g sugars).

Protein - 0g.

Http://www.nexternal.com/vegane/imag...eNectarBig.jpg..

Comment #5

Agave syrup is mostly fructose and glucose. The sugar amount above is similar to 1 tbsp honey - definitely not a low sugar option...

Comment #6

It's true - they chemically alter the sugar molecule by attaching a Chlorine atom to it so your body does not digest it. HATE the stuff..

I second De's recommendation on the Stevia in the Raw. I have used Stevia for years and there is a definite difference in the bitterness between different brands - some I just could not stomach. But the Stevie in the Raw is great. I actually had a Stevia plant in my herb garden a few years ago, and you could pull off a leaf and chew on it and it would be very sweet (but you could also taste the bitterness in the plant which has to be processed out in the final product)...

Comment #7

I'm a Splenda user as well... although haven't tried Stevia... but I swear by my Splenda for coffee one packet per cup sweetener..

Comment #8

Hmmm.. I wonder what she means by this molecule chlorine attached thing REALLY IS though.. I mean when you think of it a lot of things have things that just aren't good here even in diet sweetner stuff either... (I even stopped useing sweet 'n low cuz of bad warnings on that sweetener too) but I'm wondering more about that molecue chlorine thing? I have been using Splenda for awhile now and feel OK with it..

Comment #9

Oops forget that... I wouldn't like that huge 2 or 3 g.'s of carbs? per pack? forget it.....

Comment #10

So now I'm still wondering the original posters question too now... just which is THE BEST for sweetener less any weird junk in it or carb's... or sugars??..

Comment #11

Here is some info about the chlorine that I found on-line...at this site:.

Http://www.truthaboutsplenda.com/new...Australia.html.

Which can be taken with a grain of salt...or chlorine....

"The Australian decision validates yet again concerns that consumer advocates in the United States have been voicing for years. In a statement made in February 2004, Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a leading consumer rights group, remarked, Made from sugar certainly sounds better than, say, made from chlorinated hydrocarbons. He went on to say, Splendas artificiality may present a marketing challenge, but thats not an excuse to confuse consumers and lead them to believe that Splenda is natural or in any way related to sugar..

In fact, Splenda does not contain any sugar whatsoever. It is manufactured in a chemical plant in a process that uses chlorine. The sweetness of Splenda is due to the chlorocarbon chemical (sucralose) that contains three atoms of chlorine in every one of it's molecules. Splenda is a chemical artificial sweetener; however, Johnson & Johnson would like consumers to believe it is somehow more natural than other artificial sweeteners&which; it is obviously not...

Comment #12

Cardzilla ~ That is so messed up. I think it should be illegal to mislead the public that way. Now we need to know what the medical consequences are for consuming chlorine. Think about all the women that use Splenda, and how they think they are taking care of their bodies. It just proves that you can not trust any company, we must research everything for ourselves. Trouble with that is, that the research is usually not available until the product has been on the market for a long time! I do eat Phillyswirl bars with Splenda, but that is about it..

Now what dont we know about Truvia and Stevia? (By the way I know dont has an apostrophe, but that key does not work on my work computer! urgh!).

I am curious now, what does Medifast use to sweeten their products? I am at work and keep forgetting to look when I get home.

Well folks, have a great OP day!!!! I realized yesterday that by summer, I might not be ashamed to wear a swimsuit! That was an exciting thought! <3..

Comment #13

Well, I am no fan of Splenda, but you are no more "consuming chlorine" when you eat it, than you are when you eat sodium chloride - table salt. Once an atom is bound into a molecule, it acts differently on the body than if you were to consume it by itself.

Now, that it not to say I think Splenda is a great thing to put into your body - I hate the stuff and I have no doubt we will find out more in the future about it's negative effects.

Nothing to "not know" about Stevia - it's an herb, distilled down to the sweet component...

Comment #14

I have been trying to do Stevia. I find it bitter. Is it an 'acquired' taste and I just need to get used to it?.

Edit: oops...sorry missed the post about it being bitter..

The one I bought was Trade Joe's labeled. I'll look for Stevia in the Rawwhere do you generally find it?..

Comment #15

As mentioned above, different brands will have differing levels of bitterness. You just have to try different brands until you find one you like - Stevia in the Raw is one of the best...

Comment #16

Also, Stevia is about 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you use an almost incomprehensibly small amount of it. 1/32 of a teaspoon is enough for a cup of coffee - a single packet of Stevia in the Raw will sweeten 2-3 cups for me..

If you use too much, even a little too much, it will definitely be bitter...

Comment #17

I have found it in my local grocery store with the other sweeteners...

Comment #18

I did not much care for the TJ's stevia. It was a bit bitter, and was clumpy when I tried to mix it into liquids..

I think I found the Stevia in the Raw at the supermarket, like De said...

Comment #19

I do not even use a packet of Truvia a day. I drink a cup of hot tea from time to time and that is when I am using Truvia. For big time coffee/tea drinkers...it is not a good deal. I do not like Stevia...I know it is the same plant, but Truvia tastes better...i think it is the bitter taste that is missing..

Personally, I never liked any artificial sweetner. I always had Chai Tea from *$ (Starbucks) and a REAL coke at lunch everyday. I am happy to be off the Coke (hee hee sounds like I am talking about cocaine) and to be able to have tea now and then...

Comment #20

Try the stevia in the raw. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And the smart sugar is even better, IMO, than truvia, with the same nutrition as Splenda...

Comment #21

Thanks for the info, all you wonderful posters. i've been chlorinating myself with my splenda! will switch to stevia , haha..

Comment #22

Stevia is (I think, not positive) from plants, and can be used in many recipes. The thing you should be aware of is that unlike sugar, stevia does not count as a wet ingredient (when baking, sugar is technically counted as a liquid), so you cannot use stevia to substitute into baked goods. I use it in other things, just like if you want to make a shake sweeter. Not sure if that was at all helpful, but I like the stuff..

Comment #23

Stevia is a wonderful product, but can also take some time for your tastebuds to get used to it. It can be a bit bitter, depending on the brand. The best stevia product I have tried is called Stevia in the Raw..

I also recently found, in my grocery store, a product called Smart Sugar. Like Splenda, it is made from sugar, but does not have the aftertaste associated with most artificial sweeteners. The calorie/carb content is the same as Splenda. I've been using this to bake with for family and friends and it's awesome...

Comment #24

Here is some info about the chlorine that I found on-line...at this site:.

Http://www.truthaboutsplenda.com/new...Australia.html.

Which can be taken with a grain of salt...or chlorine....

"The Australian decision validates yet again concerns that consumer advocates in the United States have been voicing for years. In a statement made in February 2004, Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a leading consumer rights group, remarked, Made from sugar certainly sounds better than, say, made from chlorinated hydrocarbons. He went on to say, Splendas artificiality may present a marketing challenge, but thats not an excuse to confuse consumers and lead them to believe that Splenda is natural or in any way related to sugar..

In fact, Splenda does not contain any sugar whatsoever. It is manufactured in a chemical plant in a process that uses chlorine. The sweetness of Splenda is due to the chlorocarbon chemical (sucralose) that contains three atoms of chlorine in every one of it's molecules. Splenda is a chemical artificial sweetener; however, Johnson & Johnson would like consumers to believe it is somehow more natural than other artificial sweetenerswhich it is obviously not...

Comment #25


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