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Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:55 pm

As part of an ongoing effort to stay reasonably slim, I have renounced adding sugar to things. I still want sweet drinks fairly often though, and for starters many artificial sweeteners taste awful, and for another I am concerned about side effects.

Having tried pretty much everything, my taste conclusion is that sucralose is the closest to real sugar and by far the most bearable. Following that, aspartame and saccharine are the next most bearable. I found that Stevia tastes appalling - really can't understand what the hype is with that one.

I am aware of potential health issues with Aspartame, and Stevia is kind of newish and the potential issues probably not so well understood. Are there any known issues with sucralose-based sweeteners?

Grateful for any views, and for any alternatives I may have overlooked.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:07 pm

Stevia is pretty safe. It's just a plant extract (not that plant extracts are safe; opium is a plant extract). I just find that it has an unpleasant chemical after-taste.

Sucralose (SPLENDA) hasn't had any issues identified. That's what I use. Tastes like sugar, dissolves well in cold or hot liquids, and now available generic!
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:18 pm

The wife & I have moved to Splenda. We generally buy them at Sam's - I use the packets for coffee and my better half uses the loose pour that you measure like sugar.

When moving to the artificial side we used half & half for a while. Half sugar and half chemical made it easier. After a week it was simple to go full chemical.
 
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:40 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Sucralose (SPLENDA) hasn't had any issues identified

Thanks Doc. Couldn't find anything obvious about it anywhere to suggest it was nasty in any way, I was just surprised it hadn't been more widespread before given it tastes so close.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:07 am

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
Grateful for any views, and for any alternatives I may have overlooked.

This might sound radical, but there is always the alternative of leaving sweeteners out of your drinks entirely as I have. Don't attempt to do it all at once- Just cut the amount of sweetener you use per drink by a quarter every month or so and you won't really miss it. After a while any drink that has the usual amount of sweetener in it will taste unpleasantly like a cup full of sugar syrup.

I also stopped drinking any kind of carbonated drinks. That wasn't too hard to do since my carbonated drink of choice, Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi, is no longer available in my area and none of the others have ever done much for me anyway.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:48 pm

Quoting TSS (Reply 4):
This might sound radical, but there is always the alternative of leaving sweeteners out of your drinks entirely as I have. Don't attempt to do it all at once- Just cut the amount of sweetener you use per drink by a quarter every month or so and you won't really miss it. After a while any drink that has the usual amount of sweetener in it will taste unpleasantly like a cup full of sugar syrup.

Thanks for that. I am already far less dependant on sweet-tasting things than I once was, and if no sweetener is available I am perfectly able to drink a coffee or tea straight. However, I like things like hot chocolate for example, which have to be sweetened. I have found that cocoa made with skimmed milk and sucralose is very palatable, and good for a low-cal chocolate fix.

Quoting TSS (Reply 4):
I also stopped drinking any kind of carbonated drinks. That wasn't too hard to do since my carbonated drink of choice, Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi, is no longer available in my area and none of the others have ever done much for me anyway.

Hardly every touch fizzy drinks, so not too much of a problem for me.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:31 pm

Carbonated water for me makes soda etc. completely unnecessary, but it's not really popular in most countries.
 
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:17 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Sucralose (SPLENDA) hasn't had any issues identified. That's what I use. Tastes like sugar, dissolves well in cold or hot liquids, and now available generic!

I use Splenda, or the Walmart generic version of it, and in my opinion it's quite good. It's the best alternative to sugar I've found so far. I've been a Type 1 diabetic for nearly 20 years, so I've been avoiding sugar for that long. The artificial sweetener choices are certainly much better than they were in 1993!
 
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Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:58 am

Cyclamate + saccharine tastes best to me, not that I use much of it. Can't get it in the US, though, thanks to some bozo feeding insane doses to rats. The one time I tried Splenda I got a massive headache, which may or may not have been cause and effect; I never heard of anyone else having a problem with the stuff.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:02 pm

Quoting TSS (Reply 4):
Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi

You should try Cherry Coke Zero.

I prefer Equal it just tastes better IMHO not sure if its available in Europe.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:04 pm

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 9):
You should try Cherry Coke Zero.

I have. The cola half of the equation is comparable, but "Cherry" ( "Maraschino" ) versus "Wild Cherry" (as found in some old-style cough remedies) are two very different flavors.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:36 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 3):
Thanks Doc. Couldn't find anything obvious about it anywhere to suggest it was nasty in any way, I was just surprised it hadn't been more widespread before given it tastes so close.

Apparently artificial sweeteners have different taste/effect on different people. When designing a product with sweeteners instead of sugar, it is common during testing that a third of the testers find it good, a third find it alright, and a third horrible.
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RE: Best Tasting And Healthiest Artificial Sweetener

Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:59 pm

I'm allergic to most artificial sweeteners... I can tolerate SMALL amounts of splenda but I taste a chemical taste from it.

Aspartame gives me a splitting headache from even tiny amounts like a sip of diet soda which can persist for days.

the others like Acesulfame K, Saccharin and Cyclamate give me more typical allergic reactions (hives etc), but luckily no severe reactions.

Really sucks because I have a terrible sweet tooth  
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