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January 2, 2013 5:01 PM
I have the non-research-based urge to start eating clean and limiting my processed foods. A big problem for me is that I like certain things like oatmeal and tea sweetened. I use a variety of the artificial stuff now, and am not above using real sugar if there's nothing else available. I don't really want to add a lot of calories to my daily intake, but I also don't want to drink plain tea or eat my oatmeal plain.

If you eat "clean," whatever your definition might be, what kind of sweetener do you use?
  9352520
January 2, 2013 5:05 PM
I'm in the same boat, i need a little sweetener in some things. i've started using Stevia, which is all natural, and works well. At first i thought it tasted a little different so i used Truvia (part stevia/part sugar) for awhile and then when to straight stevia. As far as I know there are no side affects or anything to watch out for. My sister has used it for years.
January 2, 2013 5:05 PM
Have you tried stevia? As it's a natural product, it's generally regarded more positively than artificial sweeteners. (Recognizing that natural does not equal good-for-you.) I find that it doesn't have the initial sweetness that I'm used to with real sugar, but I like it paired with other things that seem sweet, like mint or licorice herb teas, or with milk products.
January 2, 2013 5:06 PM
In tea or coffee I use real sugar. In oatmeal, I use maple syrup, brown sugar or boiled apple cider (which is cider boiled down to a syrup). I find artificial sweeteners to be truly awful tasting and that includes Stevia, Truvia, etc. My philosophy is if one uses such an abundance of added sugar that they need to find a zero calorie substitute, chances are they should be looking to reduce the quantity of sugar they are ingesting. Sugar is 15 calories per teaspoon - not exactly a calorie bomb.
  4901482
January 2, 2013 5:09 PM
I generally add blueberries and full fat yogurt to oatmeal among other things, but you can go low or no fat if your trying to save calories. As far as sweeteners go, I can't do the artificial, they taste like crap and 1 tsp or table sugar is only 16 calories, so I would do that and at least enjoy the tea. There's honey if you feel sugar is not politically correct for you.....I personally don't eat much if any added sugars.
January 2, 2013 5:18 PM
I started eliminated processed foods and sugar--focusing on white flour and sugar--about 8 years ago. Artificial sugar was the last thing to go (Equal/splenda specifically) until I did a Whole30 challenge. I only ever used it in my coffee and then once I was done with the challenge and had my first cup of coffee with artificial sugar, I literally gagged. I think if you gradually eliminate it, you will find it sickeningly sweet one day.

That being said, I definitely don't think it's awful to have it every once in awhile.
January 2, 2013 5:27 PM
QUOTE:

I don't really want to add a lot of calories to my daily intake, but I also don't want to drink plain tea or eat my oatmeal plain.


same. honey is a good one but i use splenda more often than not because i just can't bear the useless calories; plus i'm trying to limit my sugar intake because i honestly just eat way too much.
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January 2, 2013 5:30 PM
Stevia all the way! I love it and I've found one packet is actually just as sweet as about two packets of zero calorie artificial sweeteners. For all you coffee drinkers, try Stevia and add ground cinnamon... it tastes great and it's way better for you than those artificial sugars and creamers.
January 2, 2013 5:44 PM
Thanks everyone.

I think I will try a combination of Stevia and real sugar or honey when necessary. I do need to cut down and I agree that if I get used to doing with less I would probably be better off.
  9352520
January 2, 2013 5:47 PM
stevia. truvia is ok. dont use splenda.
if you are baking, try real maple syrup or dates.
January 2, 2013 5:47 PM
I use agave in my oatmeal, and stevia in my coffee drinker
January 2, 2013 5:48 PM
Sweeten oatmeal with fresh and dried fruits, hot drinks with stevia or xylitol. I don't have hot drinks, I don't enjoy them unadulterated which made me wonder why I want to bother drinking them.
January 2, 2013 5:49 PM
what neanderthin said, if I want sweet I eat real sugar.
January 2, 2013 5:51 PM
I am a Splenda girl or just straight up sugar. I am not a sweets person so I really don't consume much sugar...at least I don't think? GAH! I better check my diary. What is the normal range for daily sugar?
  16172428
January 2, 2013 5:51 PM
Although most protein powders have artificial sweeteners, I don't mind small amounts to spruce up some oatmeal. 80g of oats, a half scoop of vanilla whey and some cinnamon tastes great to me.

Otherwise I tend not to use artificial sweetener. I'd rather have the real thing on the rare occasion or maybe adding some fruit to certain things.

Try going without for a while and your taste buds may just adapt.
January 2, 2013 5:53 PM
I use only Stevia and for baking I use NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend, instead of sugar. It is great! I buy it at Fred Meyers (Koger) in the natural foods area of the store.
January 2, 2013 5:56 PM
I did a project in a Sweet n Low plant. NEVER AGAIN WILL I USE THE STUFF!!! The plant was spotless, but the stuff was everywhere and I inhaled it. Took about a week to get that taste out of my mouth. YUCK!

I use Stevia (I tried truvia and stevia in the raw, BLAH) but the liquid kind from the health food store. I will also use Agave, Maple Syrup (100% Pure), and Honey. Also fruit is a great sweetener in and of itself.

I used to put 3 sugar packets in a cup of coffee, I've gotten myself over the years now down to just FF half and half. So after awhile you may find that you don't need sweeteners. An American diet really has alot of sugar in it. it's pretty crazy how hard it is to avoid it.
  29372930
January 2, 2013 5:56 PM
If you want to eat clean, then I'm sorry you can't use artificial sweeteners or even table sugar, as they are processed/manufactured foods.

If you mere want to live a healthy life, then you can eat either.
  28503205
January 2, 2013 5:56 PM
Great advice
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January 2, 2013 5:57 PM
anything - ANYTHING- is better than the fake (man-made) stuff... sweet&low, splenda, (?)blue packet that gives Alzheimer's....

STEVIA- the good kind from the health food store is a natural plant derivative, and it is the best sweet sub, although it does take a little getting used to the after-flavor.

also, xylitol- a sweetener from the birch tree- is a lowER cal option that is also actually good for your teeth! (but it does still cause that 'sugar response')

and agave syrup is a decent sub for when french toast is a must ;)

but - as a general rule- stevia is it!
Edited by seaKind On January 2, 2013 5:59 PM
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January 2, 2013 5:59 PM
QUOTE:

I am not a sweets person so I really don't consume much sugar...at least I don't think?


Think again. the average american consumes 3 lbs of sugar in one week. thats about 3,550 lbs in a lifetime. Thats enough sugar to fill a dumpster...yikes
Edited by Chinadorian On January 2, 2013 6:01 PM
January 2, 2013 6:00 PM
check out this graph about sweets.

http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2012/8/29/american-sugar-consumption.html
January 2, 2013 6:01 PM
not stevia, if I want sweet I go with real sugar.
January 2, 2013 6:03 PM
QUOTE:

anything - ANYTHING- is better than the fake (man-made) stuff... sweet&low, splenda, (?)blue packet that gives Alzheimer's....


got some science to back that up?
  28503205
January 2, 2013 6:09 PM
Okay, how do you know that sugar is not good for you? Maybe it is, might be protective.

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/sugar-issues.shtml
I have many more, so defend your beliefs well.
Edited by etoiles_argentees On January 2, 2013 6:13 PM

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