I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I’ve always said that I’d rather just eat the white sugar than the artificial stuff with horrible aftertaste. When I want a soft drink I go for the non-diet varieties both because I can’t stand the taste of diet ones & I’m afraid they are more unhealthy than regular soda anyways.
With that said, I’m super excited about 2 new natural sugars available now. One is Stevia. I have learned by trail & error that not all brands of Stevia pass my taste test, but I’ll tell you about the one that has. SweetLeaf liquid Stevia comes in little glass bottles that you store in your fridge & simply drop a few drops to taste (it comes with a dropper lid) into your drink. I use it in iced tea, limeade & coffee. It has absolutely no aftertaste, zero calories, zero glycemic index & zero carbs. I have the plain sweet “Clear liquid” one, but would also like to try some of the flavored ones in the future. I’ve heard they are great too. Other flavors include Root Beer, Lemon, Cinnamon, English Toffee, Vanilla, Grape & many more. An online store that carries them at a good price with low flat rate shipping is vitacost.com. I didn’t know about this site when I purchased mine & spent way more than I should have. I have not tried the powdered SweetLeaf varieties so I do not know if they are as good tasting as the liquid.
The other product that I’m excitedly hopeful about is Xylitol. I have not tasted it yet, but have it on order to ship to my home. I hope I’m as happy with it as I am the liquid Stevia. I will use the Xylitol crystals in place of granulated sugar in baking cookies, pies, cakes etc. The only thing you cannot do with Xylitol is use it in yeast breads b/c it actually kills bacteria….which is a good thing in most cases. I found great info about Xylitol on this blog. Do some research & see if you think it is safe too. Check it out!