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Okay, I have tried to weed white refined sugar out of our house for good. I think it's been atleast a year since I've bought it. I was using Turbinado for a while, but then I found out that it's not really any better. So, I bought Rapadura, which was great and worked well for us, but now I'm out, and neither TJ's or Henry's carry it (I bought it through a co-op).<br><br>
So, can some of you experts talk to me about other sugar "substitutes" or more traditional sweeteners. I don't know anything about Stevia, and I've seen a few other things at Henry's who's names I can't remember right now....
 

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I have Stevia, and it is ok, but I have a hard time with the grainy texture it has. I can't explain it, it's just, different. Dh won't use it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We've been using Stevia - I just got some Sweet Leaf clear stevia liquid, and use that in yogurt, whipped cream, "jello", and things like that. 2 drops is supposed to equal the sweetness of 1 tsp sugar.<br>
What Stevia is is the "sweet" components of the chemical makeup of the Stevia plant - steviosides - extracted and concentrated into powder form. So it's still quite processed. But you use FAR less of it than any other sweeteners that you'd buy, and the people who have studied its' safety say that it's unbelievably safe to use.<br><br>
Just in case anyone mentions Splenda - it's NOT natural. They try to advertise that it's "made from sugar", but what they do to the sugar is chlorinate it in such a way that the chlorine bond breaks down once it gets into your cells. They say that none of the Splenda gets into your system, but the one study they did on absorption rates actually showed an absorption rate of 11%-27%. For me, I like to avoid chlorine as much as I can, so Splenda isn't a good choice for me.<br><br>
I've been avoiding all concentrated sugars, as I'm trying to break a grain/starch/sugar addiction. Once I start adding things back in, it's likely I'll only go back to using a bit of honey and maple syrup now and then. I have local sources for each.<br><br>
You might want to look at Dr. Mercola's website for more info on sweeteners - <a href="http://www.sweetdeception.com" target="_blank">www.sweetdeception.com</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We've been using Stevia - I just got some Sweet Leaf clear stevia liquid, and use that in yogurt, whipped cream, "jello", and things like that. 2 drops is supposed to equal the sweetness of 1 tsp sugar.<br>
What Stevia is is the "sweet" components of the chemical makeup of the Stevia plant - steviosides - extracted and concentrated into powder form. So it's still quite processed. But you use FAR less of it than any other sweeteners that you'd buy, and the people who have studied its' safety say that it's unbelievably safe to use.<br><br>
Just in case anyone mentions Splenda - it's NOT natural. They try to advertise that it's "made from sugar", but what they do to the sugar is chlorinate it in such a way that the chlorine bond breaks down once it gets into your cells. They say that none of the Splenda gets into your system, but the one study they did on absorption rates actually showed an absorption rate of 11%-27%. For me, I like to avoid chlorine as much as I can, so Splenda isn't a good choice for me.<br><br>
I've been avoiding all concentrated sugars, as I'm trying to break a grain/starch/sugar addiction. Once I start adding things back in, it's likely I'll only go back to using a bit of honey and maple syrup now and then. I have local sources for each.<br><br>
You might want to look at Dr. Mercola's website for more info on sweeteners - <a href="http://www.sweetdeception.com" target="_blank">www.sweetdeception.com</a></div>
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Thanks Stell! I've never used Splenda and never plan to. I felt iffy about it from the day it came out, and I was glad to know that my convictions were right when the opposition started coming out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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