Hard to miss in any product. MOAR!" The best-tasting stevia, Splenda® Stevia Granulated Sweetener is 100% natural, and is great for baking and sweetening all your beverages. For me, at least. Find something that works for you. Sometimes people will make Stevia mixes with it, completely off-setting the benefits Stevia has. Despite there being no solid scientific evidence to condemn Splenda, I'm suspicious/fearful of it. Adding another packet just compounds the aftertaste. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Splenda pretty much exploded on the market, and it is now the most popular artificial sweetener out there. In larger doses, they wreak havoc on my GI tract (I think it's the combination of large doses of artificial sweetener + the lactose in whey protein that triggers it for me.). "Counter surf" -- That's what we call it too. I recently bought stevia liquid and used it to sweeten matcha tea; 0 sugar, 0 carb, 0 fat. It is a shrub of sorts that has a naturally occurring sweetness to its leaves. I find that stevia never gets your coffee quite sweet enough. I like the flavoured Stevia drops in carbonated water too. I think also Xylitol has quite a high GI for a sweetener at around 12. Was horribly sour for a second, then kind of sweet. Splenda® Stevia Granulated Sweetener. I keep tricking myself into thinking I can handle a little bit, but no way. Stevia: This is a great, natural sweetener. Anything where the taste is not herbal, it sticks out like a sore thumb, and not in a good way. Actually doesn't taste too bad, but pure stevia has a taste "delay" to me. Splenda is not terrible, but it still doesn't taste right. If you are used to 1 packet of sugar, then 1 packet of stevia will be about 80% satisfying. I mostly consume it in tea. I agree with every single point. In my opinion, sweet n low tastes like a science experiment, and so does equal. Japan developed a way of extracting the sweet chemical, and distilling it into a granular sweetener in the 70s as a reaction to the saccharine controversy. Depends on your sense of taste. Stevia comes as fresh leaves, dried leaves, white powder and a liquid concentrate. Usually I prefer to use the Torani syrups, because I like it in liquid, flavored form. In its powder or concentrated liquid form, the sweetness has a slower onset and longer duration than sugar. Stevia can have a weird after taste to some people though. I like splenda in packets 1 g per packet and I don't mind the after taste, to me stevia tastes weird and xylitol mint-ness is not appealing. It has a mild cooling effect (mouth feel) for some people that can be distracting, but I like it! I hate Quest bars, Halo Top, any of that stuff that uses it. Artificial sweeteners seem to have different effects on people, it's very individualized and needs some personal experimenting I think. That was very understandable. 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I avoid anything with Malitol like the plague having had, uh, unfortunate side effects, and Stevia tastes really bitter and nasty to me, but I do use Splenda some which doesn't seem to give me the same reaction as the Xylitol nor the tummy problems of Malitol, but in general I'm trying to avoid them because I've come to realise the more I use the fake sweeteners the harder keto is. The sweetener battle I have is in my belly. Actually, alot of diet drinks have moved over to Splenda, but I know Diet Coke still uses aspartame. (no sweet taste, only wickedly bitter). Seriously, why would you not want the cheaper, tastier, more versatile, non-carcinogenic, natural alternative? All joking aside, it is scientifically impossible to harm yourself with artificial sweetener alone. Press J to jump to the feed. Ive found stevia is good in things that work well with an herbal flavor, like hot tea or herbal soda syrup. It is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Sweeteners to freely enjoy. I'm partial to xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol (any of the ones ending in -tol are sugar alcohols) like erythritol and malitol (I don't touch malitol after the epic Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bear Amazon review). I prefer to use erithrytol over stevia and stevia over splenda but I do use them all with no ill side effects. It also has an odd aftertaste that some compare to licorice. Erythritol, which seems to be the super popular keto baking/recipe sweetener, tastes disgusting. All of them do me like this. Press J to jump to the feed. You should also consider Stevia. You realize there is chlorine in table salt (NaCl - literally half chloride ions, the same thing that's in Splenda), right? It tastes by far (for me) the closest to actual sugar, but man... not worth it. It started gaining attention in the US after the success of splenda. Personally, I can use xylitol and erythritol without a problem because I use them in small amounts, but a lot of people find that sugar alcohols cause digestive issues. This experiment was not considered relevant, because it has not been detected in humans at all. When you think about "I've always been told XYZ is horrible for you", consider what many people tell us about how horrible the foods keto folk eat are for us. It kinda tastes like eating a root or a flower stem. The amount of saccharine they fed those rats in the 70s was the equivalent of a human eating like a cereal box filled with sugar everyday. I bake with it in small amounts (some in my NY-style cheesecake). Like stevia, it contains no calories, but Splenda contains about 95% dextrose (D-glucose) and maltodextrin which the body readily metabolizes, combined with a small amount of mostly indigestible sucralose. Varies from person to person though so ymmv. They don't bother me at all, at least not in the moderate amounts I consume of them. It reminds me very strongly of mint, and I am allergic to mint (I know, I'm super weird). TL;DR: I would rather moderate my sugar intake than deal with the weird flavor profiles of artificial sweeteners. Good call on keeping xylitol out of the house if you have 4-Legs!!! Only recently has it become widespread enough to see it at Starbucks and such. Its taste can be off-putting, but when you bake with it, you can use extracts to cover it up. My tumble off the keto wagon coincided pretty closely with my discovery of quest bars. I find both aspartame and saccharin to be bitter, and Stevia I find to be cloying. While Stevia is commonly thought to be a safer alternative than sucralose due to its natural origins, research indicates, that this may not be entirely true. As gross as it is, I recall the problem was that the rats did not have the right amount of bacteria in their bowels. Aspartame (the blue one) was discovered in the 60s. Found this out when a friend made koolaid with it. But that being said, Stevia is the "best" of them as it has the least amount of bad aftertaste. I find them all kind of... um... artificial. Haven't tried Stevia, but I heard it's twice as expensive. Directions said 5 drops for 1 cup or to taste - i placed about 8 drops but still didnt taste sweetened, just minty. Everyone seems to rave about swerve. The basic idea is to have a sweetener that does not have the calorie content of sugar. Stevia, however is my favourate! Well, the chemicals are technically called Sucralose (splenda), Saccharine (sweet n low), Aspartame (equal), and stevia is just stevia. I have also used a stevia erithrytol blend and enjoyed it. Xylitol is toxic to dogs. Found this out when a friend made koolaid with it. Splenda vs. Xylitol vs. Stevia I've always been told Splenda is horrible for you and that your body treats it just the same as sugar while Xylitol and Stevia, are not absorbed by the body therefore going right through you (can have a laxative effect if one has too much). Sugar alcohols: taste great, cause cooling effect because of how they dissolve into solution, cause the runs (=sugarless gummy bear challenge) because most of them don't get absorbed in the gut and are hygroscopic. Explain Like I'm Five is the best forum and archive on the internet for layperson-friendly explanations. You can buy it in an grocery store, it doesn't give me gastric distress, it tastes good, and it's relatively inexpensive. Both just taste wrong to me, and both leave a really weird aftertaste. reaction. Splenda is my default sweetener. The only other time I really eat artificial sweeteners is when I eat CarbSmart icecream or Atkins bars. Aspartame has been accused of causing cancer, brain tumors, and lactation issues in women, but none of these have been officially proven. I've never had an artificial sweetener that didn't upset my stomach. Stevia extract has been stripped of its natural properties and there isn't enough research to know that long term effects could be.