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April 18, 2011 10:05 AM
I have read some threads and posts which quote that "NO CALORIE SWEETENERS" actually are not great for various reasons, including, makes it more difficult to lose weight.

I want to hear your comments, opinions, experiences, regarding this topic.

Obviously, there is a taste difference between them. Splenda is actually my favorite, in regards to taste (BUT I have not tried Truvia.)
April 18, 2011 10:10 AM
April 18, 2011 10:12 AM
Splenda, Equal, and Sweet n Low are all processed sweetners which do make it harder to lose weight and are not that good for you in general. Truvia is a mix of a processed sweetner and Stevia. Stevia is all natural, it is a plant that is made into a sweetner. So, Stevia would be the best option, Truvia probably the next best. Stevia does have a little bitter taste when you use a large amount (baking and cooking) so I would opt for Truvia when using larger amounts. But I use Stevia every morning in my coffee and you need barely any for the 6 oz I drink to make it sweet.
Edited by Sarahr73 On April 18, 2011 10:12 AM
April 18, 2011 10:12 AM
Personally I use Splenda, I have heard good things about Truvia. In reality none are probably good for you but I like to add a little sweet to some things.
April 18, 2011 10:13 AM
I use Splenda and hasn't seemed to affect my losses. I eat in moderation and not on a "clean frenzy" diet. I prefer to enjoy foods and not restrict things.

Truly, it's your own preference and beliefs...those above are mine.
April 18, 2011 10:13 AM
Stevia is the way to go, I love it!
April 18, 2011 10:13 AM
From what I have read (and I have done a LOT of reading lately) Stevia is actually the sweetner of choice, because it comes from a natural source and is not man made like the other sweetners you've mentioned. It is absolutely what I use.
April 18, 2011 10:14 AM
Splenda is my favorite too! Truvia is ok... Not nearly as sweet as Splenda and if you had to much,it tastes bitter. I'm cutting back on how much Splenda I put in my tea and trying to use Truvia more often. The Doctors I've worked with at the hospital think artifical sweetner is terrible for your body and your mind. It has been linked to short term and long term memory loss as well as "Old-timers." I have noticed since I've cut way back that my memory is improving! FYI, I was drinking 4 liters of Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper a day!!!
Edited by VerySherry On April 18, 2011 10:17 AM
April 18, 2011 10:14 AM
As for taste, my favorite is Splenda. However, I avoid using artificial sweeteners as much as possible. I find that my sweet tooth is more satisfied with fruit if I don't use the artificial sweeteners and I avoid anything else excessively sweetened with anything. Another plus, instead of half a cake, when I do indulge I'm content with one slice. So far this year I have trained my tastes to drink and enjoy black coffee and I actually like plain greek yogurt (although I do add nuts or fresh fruit sometimes).
April 18, 2011 10:23 AM
Given the 5 cal difference in a teaspoon of sugar versus artificial sweeteners, I use regular sugar in my coffee. I'd rather take the 5 extra calories than add another processed food to my diet.
April 18, 2011 10:25 AM
kelika -- Congrats on your 100 LBS!!!!! OMG you are awesome! Thanks for the advice.

very sherry - - Congrats on your 39! Great job! I appreciate your 'doctor says' advice! I can use all the memory I can get!

Rochelle - I never thought of it being MAN MADE! Thanks for pointing that out!

Angella4 - I will have to give it a shot!

LillysGranny - I will try to make my coffee be appreciated SOLID BLACK! grrrrrrr... :)... I love an apple!
April 18, 2011 10:27 AM
KiMiester - 5 calories! THATS IT????!!!!! WOW! I always thought sugar was bbbbbaaaadddd and was avoiding it like an Egyptian plague!
April 18, 2011 11:18 AM
I literally just switched to Stevia this past weekend after being a Splenda girl for years. I honestly don't know if either sweetener will hinder your weight loss, but I switched because I'd rather have something that is more natural, like Stevia, and less artificial, like Splenda which apparently has chlorine (yikes!)!
April 18, 2011 11:21 AM
Unless you have health reasons not to (diabetes, etc.), I'm going to suggest use real sugar! In moderation, it won't hurt you, and a small amount of real sugar (or honey, maple syrup, agave, sucanat, etc.) won't make that much of a caloric difference. Plus, they will definitely do a better job of satisfying your sweet tooth. :)
April 18, 2011 12:37 PM
EXACTLY! Go for Stevia.

Everyone wants to know the same thing:
April 18, 2011 12:38 PM
I use it all, Equal in coffee, sweet n low in Ice tea, Truvia on Grapefruit....etc.
And if it's going to make me die, so be it. I'll die happy :)
May 12, 2011 10:43 AM


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