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Old 10-15-2014, 02:14   #31
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I use liquid Splenda but now Amazon has an item called bulksuppliment sucralose. It is straight powdered splenda. No filter. Super potent. You can make your own pure liquid Splenda. A pinch will sweeten a gallon of tea. It is less than $15. Anyone ever heard of it?

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Splenda, for the most part. I found Splenda in little tiny white pills, two tablets = one packet. Perfect for sweetening my tea.

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I use liquid Splenda but now Amazon has an item called bulksuppliment sucralose. It is straight powdered splenda. No filter. Super potent. You can make your own pure liquid Splenda. A pinch will sweeten a gallon of tea. It is less than $15. Anyone ever heard of it?
Yeah, I bought some. Do you know how to mix it?

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I don't use sweeteners very often. When I find one I like, it will spike me after a time.

I avoid aspartame like the plague, except on the occasional road trip, when I haven't brought enough of my own stuff along.

Rotating the sweeteners seems to work best for me ... thus far. My favorites are monkfruit extract (luo han), Splenda (sparingly) and xylitol or erythritol with a touch of stevia.

Still trying to like the taste of pure stevia. No success thus far.
You might never be able to do that. A recent study showed that the experience of an after-taste with stevia is GENETIC. If you've got the gene you taste it otherwise you don't. To me, stevia only tastes sweet, period. Too much of it is overwhelmingly sweet, but there is no situation where I experience any "after-taste" or any non-sweet taste at all. I guess I don't have that gene.

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Yup, I guess I've figured that out. Still, cilantro used to taste like aftershave to me -- now I like it, in some things. For me, stevia tastes best when combined with xylitol.

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Yup, I guess I've figured that out. Still, cilantro used to taste like aftershave to me -- now I like it, in some things. For me, stevia tastes best when combined with xylitol.
Believe it or not, there's been a lot of scientific studies of Cilantro, too. I didn't see any get into the genetic side, but they identified that almost no one was neutral regarding Cilantro. It seemed to divide all people into those who hate it and those who love it! And, their descriptions of how it tasted did not sound at all like they were talking about the same plant.

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That is so funny. I thought I was weirder than I am. Now I feel better. I have always thought cilantro tasted like soap and everyone thought I was nuts around here.��

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That is so funny. I thought I was weirder than I am. Now I feel better. I have always thought cilantro tasted like soap and everyone thought I was nuts around here.��
Yeah, I'm pretty sure "tastes like soap" was one of them. Cilantro is positively heavenly to me. I can't describe what it tastes like (it's pretty unique), but definitely nowhere near "soap".

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And yet I'm another one who used to think cilantro tastes soapy, and I would know, having had a mother who used soap for sassy children who didn't know when to shut their mouths.




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I must have the "bitter gene" for stevia because I cannot stand the stuff in any form. I also find a terrible bitter aftertaste in Splenda and Equal.

I like xylitol and erithrytol. No bitter aftertaste, no adulteration, tastes like sugar to me. Xylitol is POISONOUS to dogs, so I use erithrytol which is not quite as sweet, but works OK for me.

I did myself a huge favor when I first started LCHF and had NO sweeteners of any kind for the first 6 months. It made me lose my sweet tooth. Now I'm very sensitive to sweet tastes and don't want things to be very sweet any more. Even with erithrytol and xylitol, I only use about 1/3 of the sweetener a recipe might call for.

Some people have side effects with sugar alcohols. I'm very sensitive to sorbitol, maltitol, etc. Even a trace bit makes me sick to my stomach immediately. I used to have a hard time at the dentist's office because the prophy paste, oral products, and even the floss were all sweetened with sorbitol. Now they use xylitol and I'm much happier.

I don't buy things sweetened already--I generally don't buy processed foods. I make things with erithrytol and xylitol myself. My SIL gave me some "low carb" chocolates as a gift last year. They were sweetened with maltitol which causes diarrhea for me. They went straight to the trash, sorry, SIL.

I do eat very dark chocolate (72% and above) in small quantities. It's sweetened with REAL sugar, but so little it usually has no impact on my BG as long as I only eat a square or two--about 4 g of carbs, total. The nice thing is that this very dark chocolate is bitter if you eat too much, so I don't go over that limit too easily.

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