We get asked a lot about artificial sweeteners. Are there any good ones? Not really..no pros to think of really…lots of cons…
The only true stand by is Stevia and some people don’t like the bitter back taste. But the only other option I can think of is Xylitol and the jury is out there too. Here’s a link to Dr. Mercola’s site about it being toxic to animals. If it’s toxic to animals, it makes me wonder about human consumption but I will continue to look for more info on the subject.
Darn!! We just can’t seem to win can we? We must find a way to satisfy that sweet tooth! In my opinion, you are better off to use a small amount of honey or maple syrup, if you are looking for the occasional sweet thing. Or allow the dreaded white sugar very occasionally. The down side to frequent use of aspertame, xylitol, nutrasweet etc. far out weighs the effects of a bit of white death. Maybe think of it this way…if you like to sweeten your tea, coffee et al, use stevia or a touch of honey or maple syrup. I would hope you aren’t drinking 20 cups a day! One or 2 cups with a touch of honey per day, isn’t too bad. Or maybe learn to drink it without…lemon in your tea instead or something like that. Once a month have the dessert of your choice…pull out all the stops but only once a month! I’m not suggesting this to people that have known sugar handling issues.
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Just when we thought we had all this figured out…here comes another artificial sweetener to try to confuse us again! Watch out it’s on the market and it’s called Neotame! Here’s some notes from Dr. Mercola’s site about it and a link.
Neotame, which is based on the aspartame formula, is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame. It’s approved for use in a wide array of food products, including baked goods. However, contrary to internet rumors, neotame is not allowed in organic foods
Neotame is essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyl, which blocks production of phenylalanine, thereby eliminating the need for a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly metabolize phenylalanine. 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde is a highly flammable irritant, and carries risk statements for handling including irritating to skin, eyes and respiratory system
Neotame is used as a substitute for molasses in cattle feed. The product is marketed as “Sweetos” in India, and according to a press release, cattle consume more fodder when mixed with Sweetos—a statement that effectively bursts the myth that artificial sweeteners like neotame are excellent diet aids
One of the more recent toxic additions to our food supply is the artificial sweetener called Neotamei.
In the European Union, where it was approved as a flavor enhancer as of November 2010, it is known by its “E number,” E961ii.
Made by NutraSweet (a former division of Monsanto and the original manufacturer of aspartame), neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar, and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame. (Don’t you just love Monsanto? They’re doing their best to kill us all.)
It’s based on the aspartame formula—despite the fact that 80 percent of all FDA complaints pertain to adverse reactions from aspartame.
Neotame is essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyliii–the presence of which ends up reducing the production of phenylalanine, which allegedly makes it safe for those suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU).
(Hence neotame does not need to bear a PKU warning label like aspartame.)
Unfortunately, it may actually be an even more potent and dangerous neurotoxin, immunotoxin and excitotoxin than aspartame.
Click the link to Dr. Mercola for more. AND…don’t use Neotame!
Tomorrow I will post some recipes using Stevia on the Nutrition in a Nutshell blog.
Stevia Conversion Chart
|Sugar||Stevia leaf/powder||Stevia Extract|
|1 tsp||1/8 tsp||Dust on spoon|
|1 Tbsp||3/8 tsp||½ Pinch|
|¼ Cup||1 ½ tsp||A Pinch|
|½ Cup||1 Tbsp||1/8 tsp|
|1 Cup||2 Tbsp||¼ tsp|