Which Zero Calorie Sweetener is Best For You?

 

Sugar Dish

I have been on a journey regarding which sweeteners to use on a daily basis. I have a sweet tooth and I know I am addicted to sugar. As I started to remove sugar from my diet I knew I did not want to consume chemicals like aspartame, which you can find in Equal® and NutraSweet® and most diet drinks and foods on the market today. Nor did I want to use Sweet’N Low® aka saccharin either. When I tried these carbonated drinks, they actually gave me a unrecognizable chemical aftertaste. Here is why:

Aspartame is made out of three chemicals, yes I said chemicals, phenylalanine, methanol and aspartic acid.  If you would like to read more about each of these chemicals that most of us consume multiple times daily in our lives, possibly without even knowing it, check out Dr. Mercola’s article.

Immediately I blindly jumped on the band wagon and started using Splenda® aka sucralose, which is also an artificial sweetener. At the time I thought less dangerous and started using it in our coffee and an occasional soda.  As I continued my quest for “health”, I found out that part of the production process is to chlorinate it, yes with chlorine.

Needless to say I stopped using sucralose all together and wanted something natural. Then Truvia® was added to our shopping list, “born from the leaves of the stevia plant”, as their website states. However, the production process to create this “natural” sweetener is not so natural. Check out FoodBabe’s article titled, “Is Stevia Safe?”. If you love to drink diet sodas, read, “7 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Sodas”.

Back to the drawing board. I wanted an actual natural Stevia product and then I found, SweetLeaf®, which we have been very happy with. The recommended serving size for a cup of coffee is 1/8th of a teaspoon which is equal to 1 tsp of sugar, but we have been content with half of that in our coffee.

If you are a soda drinker, SweetLeaf® offers another product called Sweet Drops™ when mixed with Sparkling Water you can create your own healthy diet drink!

Here in Washington State, we have found SweetLeaf® at Fred Meyer® stores, online and on Amazon. Of course Trader Joe’s also has their own brand, which my husband has tried and loved as well.

Many of these large companies are creating their own “natural” stevia products. When buying these “natural” products, read the ingredients first. You will be surprised how many “natural” products are not really so. When I see “natural flavors”, I put the product right back on the shelf. Who knows what they consider natural.

Here is an Infographic showing the differences between Stevia and Aspartame. If you have found a natural Stevia product that you love please share it with us in the comments below.

 

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Lisa Ladrido (66 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Technology, Product Reviews, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family and Health. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 3 furry four legged children!


51 comments for “Which Zero Calorie Sweetener is Best For You?

  1. July 23, 2014 at 6:23 AM

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    • July 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

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  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    July 23, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    I am a stinker – I use real sugar. I know it’s worse for me, but I can’t seem to quit it.

    • July 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      I know Robin, it is quite addicting. I bake with raw honey and have been able to satisfy my sweet tooth!

  3. July 23, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    I only use STEVIA!!! I also use agave liquid on occasion. I know how bad most sweetners are for you.

    • July 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Yeahh Terry! Which one do you use?

  4. Jennifer Williams
    July 23, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    I usually use Stevia, however I am guilty of starting my day with Diet Pepsi. My family and I agree that it is safer for everyone that way as caffeine withdrawl is not good for any of us and I do not like coffee or tea.

    • July 23, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      That’s great Jennifer. After reading about all the health problems associated with diet drinks once I stopped I felt better. I know how hard it is to wean off of these types of products.

  5. July 23, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    I’ve used Nectresse and it doesn’t really leave an aftertaste like Equal or Splenda. But I sometimes just use a bit or real sugar as well!

    • July 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      I will have to check Nectresse out Carmen. It is is naturally made then I am sure it is a great product.

  6. July 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    This is a great article, and what an awesome infographic! I must say that I’m a Diet Coke addict. I KNOW it’s bad…I don’t know why I still want to drink it!
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    • July 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Thank you Kristen. I am going to try the SweetLeaf version of soda to see if it quenches my cravings for it. It was hard for me to stop drinking it too, but I think it is best that we don’t put those chemicals in our bodies.

  7. July 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I use a small amount of sugar or a natural sweetener like agave or maple syrup – in moderation.
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    • July 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

      Moderation is the key for sure Heather! I have never tried agave or researched it as an alternative. I do use raw honey for baking and that has worked out fine. Thanks for stopping in for a visit!
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  8. July 23, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I do like to use real sugar, but I am finding that I really like Stevia. I will use that in my baking occasionally.
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  9. July 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I’m a sweet in low kind of gal.
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    • July 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM

      I know a lot of people who are too Becca! My grandparents were diabetics and used it all the time. Since my husband is diabetic I had to research to find the most healthier version as possible!
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  10. July 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I’ve been working to stop drinking diet sodas. I know how bad they are, and the side effects of not drinking have been brutal (but worth it.)
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  11. July 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I have done research on both and it is very tricky situation. Because I have little ones at home, I stick to real sugar.

  12. July 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    What a great break down. I always wonder about the non-sugar sweeteners. I have tried NuStevia, but only for a review. I think that’s the only kind I’ve had.
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  13. July 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I don’t use sweatners I use sugar in the raw or honey. I don’t use much regular sugar unless I’m baking.

  14. July 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I use real sugar too, but I have heard positive things about Stevia.
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  15. July 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    My parents refused to add sugar to anything with me when I was a child in the hopes it would rub off to me as an adult and I have to admit it has – I can’t deal with extra sugar be it real or a sweetener – I know a lot of people who do have a sweet tooth though so hopefully I can pass this on :) x
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  16. July 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    I too have been trying to nix sugar out of my diet. I have been searching high and low for an alternative. I am so glad that you’ve posted this…I don’t think Stevia is in the market over here, but I am sure I can order it from Amazon and bring it in.
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    • July 24, 2014 at 6:14 AM

      Tami if you have natural or organic supermarkets where you live, they may have it. I hope you can find it, Amazon and directly from the SweetLeaf website you can get it.
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  17. July 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    It’s amazing how awful and chemical-laden some of these “natural” ingredients really are – that’s why it’s a good idea to do your own research. I use maple syrup or honey for sweeteners now and have adjusted to drinking my coffee black.
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  18. Pam
    July 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I just ordered some of the Stevia Cola drops. I am trying to stop my diet coke habit. Hopefully this will help.

  19. July 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I use pure brown sugar or agave nectar. This is all so interesting. I will definitely bookmark it and learn more!
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  20. July 24, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    If I use a sweetener it is Stevia or a plant itself. I just am not a big sweet eater, like things sour, bitter or spicy. I don’t like anything that is unnatural.
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    • July 24, 2014 at 6:18 AM

      That is great April. I am not sure I can grow it here in WA, but will check it out. More and more people are realizing the dangers of eating all these chemical laden foods. I am glad you are too!
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  21. July 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    To be honest, they both worry me! I do drink Coke Zero and Diet Coke though.
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  22. July 24, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    My family drinks coffee a lot, therefore we use sugar a lot. We usually use sugar or Equal. We are seriously thinking of using Stevia!

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