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.
To misquote Robb Wolf, "I wish hookers and crack were good for me too but they just aren't. Stay away from sweeteners."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I would like the option of enjoying a stevia ice cream now and again. Where do you find your Stevia-Coconut Ice cream?
Yikes, what's wrong with stevia??!!
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.
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!!
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.