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Posted: 14 Jul 2010, 17:46
I heard it can stall weight loss. It doesn't seem to be the case to many. As for me, since I'm a very slow loser I think I'm going to avoid it for a while and see what happens. Tried Stevia didn't like it. Tried Truvia or Trulia (made from Stevia) not sweet enough.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 09:56
prettybabyblues wrote:
Personally I don't use aspartame, and seldom use splenda, my sweetener of choice is stevia. Stevia is natural, and a little goes a long way. I buy 5 pounds of it at for $45.00 and it lasts about 8 months, that breaks down to about $1.30 a week. It takes about 1 tablespoon to sweeten a pitcher of kool-aid for the kids and they don't even know its not sugar. A big one gallon pitcher of tea takes about 3 tablespoons. So as you see it doesn't take much. It isn't the best as a sweetener in baked goods, but it does pretty well when combined with other ingredients to boost up the sweetness. My daughter gets migraines, and aspartame is definitely on of those triggers, so she never uses it. She will use splenda if she has to, but her sweetener of choice is definitely stevia too.

The ONE thing you need to be careful/aware of is a large number of Stevia suppliers are putting FILLER in to bulk up the product. Make sure whatever you buy is pure Stevia...

I recently switched to it from Splenda, and love it. I've been using PureVia...

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 10:42
Good point santinelli. I ran into this problem yesterday oddly enough. Went to the grocery store, and every box I pulled off the shelf that was 'stevia' had something else along with it. I didn't end up buying anything, although I wish I had thought enough to write down what the extra 'ingredients' were, so I could research and make an informed decision.

Anyone have insight on this?

Also, if you really want to go bug-eyed about artifical sweeteners, read the chapter titled 'Sugar is the Devil' from Skinny B***H by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating that book and some of the very hardcore ideas the authors spout,(especially to anyone on Atkins!!) but that chapter made me want to go home the instant I finished reading it and clean out the cabinets of everything I have.

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 10:59
the filler was probably maltodextrin or corn syrup solids. It's not calorie free and derived from corn, but there might be so little in there that they can still call it calorie free. There may also be some silicon dioxide to help it flow. And, I might just not know what I'm talking about. I know that splenda for baking is sucralose and maltodextrin. High intensity sweeteners are as bulky as sugar, so they have to bulk it up if it's going to be used for baking.

And, I didn't read Skinny Bitch, but yeah...sugar is processed from beets or cane, and there's nothing natural about it. It's not really any better than High fructose corn syrup in terms of processing or probably even health. It probably damages the environment just as much, too.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 13:48
One of the brands actually said that their sweetener has 4 calories in each serving, but the FDA considers that close enough to say zero. On the one hand, I was put off by their honesty (let me be ignorant damnit) but on the other I was impressed with it, since none of the other brands said that.

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Posted: 19 Jul 2010, 07:05
Read the possible side effects of Splenda. I don't like artificial sweeteners but if I have to choose one I go with aspertame. I was using Splenda and thought I was lactose intollerant. Turned out it was side effect of the Splenda. I stopped using it and got better. I try to stay with the natural crowd and just use a little bit of real sugar when I need it.
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Posted: 27 Feb 2013, 11:02
Another diet Mr. Dew junkie here. Drank it all day long for over 20 years. Never had trouble losing weight while drinking it in the past. In my mid 40's now, and hit a plateau I couldn't break. Tried changing everything, and out of desperation stopped the DMD and it's aspartame. Plateau broken !! I miss it, but don't plan to drink it again. Water is healthier and cheaper !!

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