What is the safest or most natural non-calorie sweetener on the market?

Bobar84 asked:

I like to use equal and splenda as a substitute for sugar and I want to know if either one is safe to use on a regular basis. I am not a diabetic but I am trying to keep the weight off I had recently lost through excercise and diet.

22 thoughts on “What is the safest or most natural non-calorie sweetener on the market?”

  1. Lil?Devil says:

    dont use any sweetner ,just get used to not having sweetener, by slowly reducing the amount of sugar you usually have. i did and i lost like 13 pounds in a month just cuz i stopped putting sugar/sweetner on my cereal and tea!
    Monday: 1 tsp
    Tuesday: 2/3 tsp
    Wed: 1/2 tsp
    Thurs: 1/3 tsp
    Fri: 1/4
    sun: Viola! no sugar needed here!

  2. xxx_rocker_chick_xxx says:


  3. carry on excercise

  4. I do think that using small amounts of regular sugar is what you should do. The non calorie ones have aspertame in them…which can really affect your memory.

  5. longduckdong0001 says:

    pure raw sugar,
    all those fake sweetners have chemical reaction to heat..
    They become toxins that accumulate over time.. at least thats what i was told

  6. Rosa Vasquez says:

    Splenda almost non-cal!

  7. donfletcheryh says:

    Rumours abound that all sweeteners are implicated in weight gain even without calories. The safest may then be none.

  8. fretochose says:

    asparatame is a neurotoxin
    splenda is sugar with chlorine added

    natural sweetners..stevia and next closest xylitol

  9. paige_9_99 says:

    Sugar. All natural cane sugar is most healthy for you body. All sweetners involve chemical processes, many of which have been found to be unsafe later. White sugar is bleached so brown or raw sugars are best. If you use it wisely you shouldnt gain any weight. Think about whether you would rather be a few ounces heavier or put yourself at risk for cancer.

  10. STEVIA, is a herbal product approx 300 time sweeter than sugar. It can be bought in liquid or powder. 1 cup of coffee = 1drop of stevia.Grown in south america and it does not affect bloodsugar levels.

  11. prettywoman says:

    thrz one on the market that gives ms… i think its candida

    best bet is to go without sugar completely… might sound harsh but its so easy when youve done it for about a week and go back you will be horrified at the awful taste in ya mouth! Tried it myself decades ago…never looked back … now cant stand tea or coffee with any sugar,,,yuk disgusting!!

    If you really cant do with out the sweetness…use honey … good for you into the bargain

  12. no manmade sweetener is going to be safe… there’s some serious horror stories about splenda. google em if you want…
    anyway, you can use small amounts of natural sugar though, that wont really hurt you. and if you like honey, use it when you can as it’s a more natural source of sugar and obviously better for you. the things you really want to stay away from is the refined stuff (like you’d find in twinkies and candy and stuff). you should be okay though, using regular sugar conservatively to sweeten things.

  13. Stevia is a natural sweetener and can be purchased as a liquid or in packets or boxes at your Health Food Store or Drugstore.

  14. Zylitol is awesome! It is alkalizing, too, so it helps your bones and teeth and whole body to be healthy. It’s used to fight cavities, even. It has the same sweetness as sugar, it has no funny taste (it tastes like sucrose), and you can bake with it, though it browns a little faster. It’s made most often from birch bark. The downside is it’s expensive.
    Stevia is another great sweetener to have around. It has a slight licorice after-taste, but there are some brands of Stevia that have done a good job of reducing this. You will usually find stivia in it’s refined form. It’s super sweet. Stivia is an herb. You can even get in in most regular grocery stores, too. Xylitol, too, but less often, and most health food stores carry it cheaper.
    Both are totally harmless!

    Or so I thought untill I learned from one of the answerers below that I have some more reasearch to do. I doubt anything not obviously toxic could be harmful to your liver in such small quantities, though, and someone else says it’s been studied for good effects… anyways, untill I know more, I thought I’d suggest
    Agave syrup
    Brown rice syrup
    Barley malt
    Maple syrup
    the first 3 are especially low on the glycemic index as sugars go.

  15. Stevia, also known as “sugarleaf”. It’s something like 300 times sweeter than sugar and is low calorie. It’s been used in asian countries for centuries to sweeten things before sugar started to make it’s way out there.

  16. I don’t believe that any of them are particularly un-safe (or harmful). If you recall, Splenda is a relatively new product, and it took quite some time before it was recognized publicly that some ingredients in Equal or Seet n’ Low were dangerous.

    The Canadian counterpart of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has actually established guide-lines to let citizens know how much aspartame (the chemical in sweet n’ low) is safe . . . based upon body weight.

    Everything is a poison, in the right dose, and everything is safe in the right dose . . . unless you’re using pounds of sugar substitutes a day, you probably have nothing to worry about.

    Follow your taste buds.

  17. ? Shortstuff ? says:

    I switched to Splenda in 2003, for weight loss & I have had no health problems at all. Maybe it’s because real sugar is used in Splenda. I bake with Splenda & I also like the Splenda brown sugar as well. I buy the Splenda packets in bulk form at Sam’s Club (1,000 packets per box) as it’s cheaper that way. I buy Splenda in the box when baking with it.

  18. Stevia has been demonstrated to cause liver damage. The only reason it can be sold in the United States is because of its status as a dietary supplement and a natural plant material. It is not safe to consume and it is illegal to market stevia as a sweetener.

    Xylitol and other sugar alcohols in too large a quantity can cause diarrhea.

    Aspartame is composed to two amino acids that decompose in the body into formic acid and methanol. It’s only very small quantities that are supposedly non-toxic, but I know oncologists who are pretty convinced that at some point it’s going to come out that it causes cancer.

    Splenda is a chlorinated glucose molecule, which sounds pretty gross, but remember you’ve got a lot of chlorine in your body to begin with – you couldn’t live without it, your nerves wouldn’t work!

    Splenda seems to be the safest and most natural tasting sugar substitute available, but it has only recently been mass marketed, so it’s possible problems will only be seen later on.

    Sticking with natural sugar is certainly the most healthy though. Sugar substitutes have been shown to not contribute at all to weight loss and in some studies have been correlated with weight gain. If you’re not using a substitute now, don’t start.

  19. weightcontrolinfo says:

    One of the safest non calorie sweetener is Z sweet. It is naturally made.

  20. farplaces says:

    There really is no comparison of value with any so-called sugar substitutes as each is but a trade off for some sort of potential health risk as a side affect.

    Raw sugar, which is really brownish colour from basic processing would be a fair trade off substitute if you can accept the slight flavour change.

    However, honey is by far the best substitute for sugar and can be used in any application as real sugar whether liquid or solid, cooked or uncooked. Honey also has many other health benefits as an additional bonus too.

    If you enjoy cooking then experiment with using honey and I am sure you will become the cooking gourmet of your circle very quickly…!

  21. That would be Stevia which is all natural plant extract having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar.
    Stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Stevia also has shown promise in medical research for treating such conditions as obesity and high blood pressure.
    Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, even enhancing glucose tolerance therefore, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets. Erythritol {Z-Sweet}is also a good choice and lacks the somewhat bitter aftertaste that stevia has.

    Stay away from Splenda and Equal as those two artificial sweeteners are two of the worst chemical sweeteners you could ever use. Splenda is banned in Japan and most of Europe. It wouldn’t be the first time the FDA pushed threw a product for profit knowing its side affects.

    Zylitol~ be very careful with anything which contains that stuff around your pets, particularly dogs, as chewing gum which contains Zylitol CAN KILL your dog!!http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_news082106

  22. Stevia is the best natural sweetener on the market. It is not a “substitute” product, but rather a sweetener made from the stevia plant. It is inulin fiber which helps control blood sugar levels and allows the body to metabolize more efficiently. Keep in mind, however, that IT IS fiber. You need to use it sparingly until your body can adjust to it. You can find it in all “health food” stores and most regular grocery stores in the “health food” section. It comes in individual serving size packets, a green box with white letters. You can also buy it in bulk powder form, liquid and tablets. Hope this was helpful.

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