DailyDirt: The Quest For The Perfect Sugar Substitute

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There's nothing like the taste of real sugar, but since people want to be able to indulge in sweet things without having to worry about the calories, there's a huge market for sugar substitutes. There's no shortage of choices -- stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sorbitol, acesulfame potassium, saccharin, etc. -- some are natural, while others are artificial. However, sugar substitutes tend to leave a weird aftertaste, or they may have undesirable gastrointestinal side effects. There is also some concern that artificial sweeteners may pose health risks. Since no sugar substitute is perfect, the search continues... Here are a few interesting links about sugar alternatives. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    indy, Mar 29th, 2013 @ 5:25pm

    Stevia working here for a decade! All natural. -50 pounds since I started replacing all sugar with it.

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    Rekrul, Mar 29th, 2013 @ 7:17pm


    I tried Truvia, which is made from Stevia, once. Straight out of the packet, it tasted a little bit like licorice and was sweet, but I put about 8-10 packets in a half-gallon of Kool-Aid and couldn't taste it at all. Plus, it was much more expensive than other artificial sweetners.

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    Josh (profile), Mar 29th, 2013 @ 7:41pm

    Speaking of the miracle berry...


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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), Mar 29th, 2013 @ 10:15pm

    Re: Re:

    I use "Stevia in the Raw" for my substitute(I'm a diabetic) and for a half-gallon of fresh tea, I use 18 packets(~3/4 cup sugar equiv.)

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    Crashoverride (profile), Mar 30th, 2013 @ 1:36pm

    The Tagatose article is a bit old and prior to the first company and time it was introduced.... eventually a commercial failure and is now being relaunched... More details here:

    http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Market/Could-it-be-second-time-lucky-for-low-cal-bulk-sw eetener-Tagatose

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    seher, Mar 31st, 2013 @ 7:04am

    Post is very informative

    Sugar replacement is a key to good health

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