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Thoughts on Swerve sweetener ?

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Created April 19, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Anyone have any opinions on Swerve Sweetener?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on February 10, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Just because it's not sugar doesn't mean 1) that your body doesn't end up turning into sugar or 2) it has no affect on your insulin, e.g., the food porn effect. I've written a number of posts on PH about both of those. So it's not people being "purists" it's more people looking for "loopholes" in the "sugar will kill you". I always reword that and say "if it's sweet, it'll kill you" I know, there's more nuance to that, but just keep that in mind when you're looking for technicalities to avoid sugar.

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on September 10, 2011
at 09:18 PM

It's just erythritol. So if you feel ok about sugar alcohols, then Swerve would be no different. I use xylitol sometimes but as a general rule avoid eating sweetened food.

36b7a2776d028dc8d5743e2e56ece34d

(812)

on September 10, 2011
at 08:46 PM

dv since this is your first post aka sales pitch

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 04, 2010
at 02:55 AM

You have to make it yourself unfortunately. If you want a business idea there you go :)

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 22, 2010
at 11:46 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/1457/artificial-sweetners-is-stevia-primal

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78437)

on June 16, 2010
at 11:51 PM

I never said inadequate, I said ADEQUATE. I never said bloating whoel grain either. I corrected this on my first post, but aparently the EDITOR BITCH only wants HER DAMN OPINION voiced here!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78437)

on June 16, 2010
at 11:48 PM

someone is editing my comments by inserting their agenda and so I guess you can't have an opinion without someone else inserting their uneducated opinions in with what I wrote, so don't bother to comment here on this awful site that takes your words and inserts THEIR words in place!!!! Why ask for comments if YOU CHANGE THEM ALL?!!!

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on June 15, 2010
at 01:51 AM

I'm just confused, I guess -- "eat real foods," but "...eat a nutritionally inadequate vegan diet" at the same time?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 14, 2010
at 09:51 PM

Wrong site, buddy, looks like we are getting some trolls here.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 20, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Agree. Want sweets? Eat fruit. End of discussion.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

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on April 19, 2010
at 03:59 PM

And I really don't want to be a preachy jerk, Norm! I had a 12 pack a day Diet Mt Dew habit, Splenda bags by the fistful, all after reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" the first time. My take away message was "if it doesn't spike insulin, it's fine" but have evolved and read and read some more, and experimented and found my way to simple "NO Artificial Anything, Paleo eating". Try the sweetener, but don't kid youself, it ain't healthy.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

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on April 19, 2010
at 02:32 PM

Robb Wolf is a brilliant, beautiful son of a gun....

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on April 19, 2010
at 04:16 AM

@Tim -- I agree. It seems like everyone is looking for a unicorn when it comes to sweeteners. Give me something that is sweet but doesn't pop my insulin!!!! No such thing.

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0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

on April 19, 2010
at 04:02 AM

You did ask for "opinion", right? This is just that, my opinion: swerve is utter garbage and has no place in human nutrition.

Likely some small amount could be tolerated by any given individual, but that does little to change my "opinion"!

As I marched down the nutritional discovery path (still on it) I sure did seek out a lot of faux baked goods, artificial sweets, cheats and silliness. And I'd never fault anyone for doing the same, use it if it works for ya. Whatever "it" is (molasses, honey, etc), and whoever "you" are! Give it an experiment, put it into your food supply and test out the results.

But maybe consider just cutting out all sweeteners, pull off the bandaid quickly. Wish I had! But gladly have the demon sweeteners out of my life now.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on April 19, 2010
at 04:16 AM

@Tim -- I agree. It seems like everyone is looking for a unicorn when it comes to sweeteners. Give me something that is sweet but doesn't pop my insulin!!!! No such thing.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4573)

on April 19, 2010
at 03:59 PM

And I really don't want to be a preachy jerk, Norm! I had a 12 pack a day Diet Mt Dew habit, Splenda bags by the fistful, all after reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" the first time. My take away message was "if it doesn't spike insulin, it's fine" but have evolved and read and read some more, and experimented and found my way to simple "NO Artificial Anything, Paleo eating". Try the sweetener, but don't kid youself, it ain't healthy.

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5516)

on April 19, 2010
at 11:54 AM

To misquote Robb Wolf, "I wish hookers and crack were good for me too but they just aren't. Stay away from sweeteners."

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4573)

on April 19, 2010
at 02:32 PM

Robb Wolf is a brilliant, beautiful son of a gun....

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6eb2812b40855ba64508cbf2dc48f1b6

(2119)

on April 19, 2010
at 01:27 AM

Um, yeah. Have a piece of fruit if you want something sweet? :D

Seriously though - the website is pretty cagey, talking about how it's made of all natural fruits and vegetables.

I remember the original ads for nutrasweet that said it was made of the same stuff in bananas and milk!

So, I'm very suspicious.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 20, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Agree. Want sweets? Eat fruit. End of discussion.

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Fe5a74adacc5fdeeb3392cc81624341d

on January 29, 2013
at 08:14 PM

To me, Stevia's aftertaste is nastier than sucralose. I've tried and just can't do it. I like Swerve. I find there is no aftertaste at all. I enjoy baking with it.

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3a3f04b9bee2a42d82c2af2bc94ed154

on February 10, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Do only total purist's give opions here? I use swerve instead of sugar, unlike alot of people, I'm not going to give up all the great tastes. I think swerve is a great way to cut out a lot of pure sugar in my diet and keep the taste!

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on February 10, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Just because it's not sugar doesn't mean 1) that your body doesn't end up turning into sugar or 2) it has no affect on your insulin, e.g., the food porn effect. I've written a number of posts on PH about both of those. So it's not people being "purists" it's more people looking for "loopholes" in the "sugar will kill you". I always reword that and say "if it's sweet, it'll kill you" I know, there's more nuance to that, but just keep that in mind when you're looking for technicalities to avoid sugar.

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52c865d2f91b8124aef0c8478e0f8d37

on March 18, 2014
at 03:13 AM

If you're sensitive to FODMAPs (fructose and fructose-like fibers called fructans, which is a type of fructo-oligosaccharide), you'd best avoid Swerve. The oligosaccharide they use is from chicory (a.k.a. inulin). If you react badly to fructose, avoid this one like the plague.

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Bccc4d167248472d0e86b49627414b99

on September 03, 2013
at 02:10 AM

I have seen notes that the different methods of extracting and packaging Stevia give various aftertastes in some cases. I use non-alcohol vanilla liquid stevia and tiny stevia tablets and have not personally noticed any aftertaste but I do usually use it in rather strong ice tea. Before giving up on stevia it might be best to try a couple different brands or types - get several people together to split the costs and give everyone a sample of each perhaps just in water even. I wouldn't try any new sweetener without waiting for more reviews on side effects. I had negative health effects with a couple previous products.

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771e02a6e3c1b8cbecd6b0876e477f5b

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:54 AM

Melissa,

I would like the option of enjoying a stevia ice cream now and again. Where do you find your Stevia-Coconut Ice cream?
Thanks, Genn

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 04, 2010
at 02:55 AM

You have to make it yourself unfortunately. If you want a business idea there you go :)

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on June 22, 2010
at 11:19 PM

Yikes, what's wrong with stevia??!!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 22, 2010
at 11:46 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/1457/artificial-sweetners-is-stevia-primal

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 14, 2010
at 09:51 PM

The benefit of raw Stevia is that it does have that bitter aftertaste. The bitter aftertaste really does keep anything sweetened by it from being addictive in my experience. Once in awhile if I want ice cream I will make some Stevia-coconut milk ice cream. It's never set me off on a binge or a carb addiction and it's very satiating and satisfying.

So "no bitter aftertaste" is a negative as far as I'm concerned. You want things to taste good, but perhaps not too good...especially if they are treats.

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6adb30e6cf18632a53979e8dc476fbd4

on September 10, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Swerve is actually outstanding! It is made from stalks and rinds of real foods through an enzymatic process, and is not bleached or refined like table sugar. It causes no digestive upsets like sugar alcohols, and contains prebiotics, nutrients that feed your good bacterial cultures. There are no chemicals in it at all unlike Splenda or Equal, it has zero calories, and no effect on your blood sugar. I have used it for baking, cooking, and even pralines which requires caramelizing it. What a shame people bash a product just because it is unique or something they do not fully understand. I know the woman who invented it here in South Louisiana, a naturopathic doctor with people's best health at heart, and she adheres to the best natural-foods diet of anyone I know. Now, what were you saying??? If anyone is seeking that unicorn, THIS is it!!

36b7a2776d028dc8d5743e2e56ece34d

(812)

on September 10, 2011
at 08:46 PM

dv since this is your first post aka sales pitch

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78437)

on June 14, 2010
at 09:27 PM

Everyone is always looking for THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THEIR BAD HABITS. Instead of substituting meat analogs for meat, artifical sweeteners (or even natural sweeteners) for sugar, "good" fats for unhealthy fats, etc... Just eat a nutritionally adequate vegan diet of fruits, vegetables, with some nuts, seeds, and whole grains. If it comes in a box, can, bag or other package it's NOT good for you! If the ingredients on said box, can, etc. are "secret" or you can't pronouce them, they aren't good for you!

It's healthier and cheaper to eat real foods. You don't need to read labels if you eat recognizable foods. A banana is a banana, spinach is spinach, a carrot is a carrot...you get the picture.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78437)

on June 16, 2010
at 11:51 PM

I never said inadequate, I said ADEQUATE. I never said bloating whoel grain either. I corrected this on my first post, but aparently the EDITOR BITCH only wants HER DAMN OPINION voiced here!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78437)

on June 16, 2010
at 11:48 PM

someone is editing my comments by inserting their agenda and so I guess you can't have an opinion without someone else inserting their uneducated opinions in with what I wrote, so don't bother to comment here on this awful site that takes your words and inserts THEIR words in place!!!! Why ask for comments if YOU CHANGE THEM ALL?!!!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 14, 2010
at 09:51 PM

Wrong site, buddy, looks like we are getting some trolls here.

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on June 15, 2010
at 01:51 AM

I'm just confused, I guess -- "eat real foods," but "...eat a nutritionally inadequate vegan diet" at the same time?

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