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Sugar-free, Flavoured Syrups

Asked on October 30, 2014
Created September 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

First of all, thanks to all who answered my question about coconut milk!

Now, how "bad" is it -- or is it so bad? -- to use the sugar-free, flavoured syrups like Toriani and DaVinci?

I don't do sugar at all, and am avoiding fruit at present, since I can't seem NOT to binge on it. (Protein, fat and veg only these days.)

Is a "little" acceptable? Does it hurt your body?

Thanks again to all!

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Debb, congrats on your tremendous success! What flavors are you using in the coffee? Maybe there is an extract (vanilla, almond, chocolate, etc.) that you could use in place of the syrup?

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on October 01, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Love this answer. Obviously, the best way to go is *no* artificial sweeteners of any kind, but if a little DaVinci/Torani syrup keeps the OP from binging on sugar, I think it's okay. (In small amounts, of course, like the little splashes in coffee. Wouldn't want to be chugging cups of the stuff, that's for sure.) I don't use 'em anymore, but when I did, I *loved* DaVinci in plain yogurt. (Esp. banana, peach.)

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on October 01, 2012
at 06:37 PM

thanks for sharing that about dogs. I hadn't heard that before!

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Try getting the liquid extract WITHOUT Erythritol.

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:10 AM

My "fear" is the carbs, as I am on a very low carb food plan to lose weight. (And will, no doubt, stay on it, even when I get to maintenance.) That said, my highest was 357, am currently at 229, and still losing an average of 2 pounds a week. I don't use a lot; just a splash each of 2 flavours in my evening coffee and cream. Even though I love fruit, I find any of it is a binge for me, just like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. So my sweet treat is my evening, "dessert" coffee. I will strt to cut back a little of each syrup, to see how I fare. Thanks, Debb :)

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:06 AM

I did try one brand -- TruVia I think it was, and there was an awful aftertaste. :(

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on September 30, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I apologize: I know that almost everybody knows this already, but for the one in a thousand who might not: xylitol is deadly to dogs. DON'T let them near it. As for individual use, it hasn't caused me any problems, but my preference is for erythritol. Why? because it comes in powdered form, which is easier for me to handle.

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on September 30, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I agree with this. I use heavy cream and turbinado sugar. Sometimes maple syrup (maple coffee, yes! It's great!) because I don't really like honey. Sometimes also vanilla or hazelnut extract in the cream, or I'll brew my coffee with unsweetened cocoa mixed in. I also adore iced coffee.

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on September 30, 2012
at 03:35 PM

I used to rely heavily on these syrups in my coffee and iced tea. I always avoided anything with aspartame as it gives me migraines and I read that your body processes it into formaldehyde.

As I have learned more and delved more into the Paleo/Primal/sustainable agriculture/non-GMO world, I have cut all artificial sweeteners from my diet. The sugar-free syrups I used were all Splenda/sucralose based and I was beginning to be able to taste an after taste. Also, there was a study done at Duke University that showed that rats fed sucralose showed up to a 50% decrease in good gut bacteria, increased pH in the intestines and an increase in weight.

Basically, I decided that for me I didn't want to eat anything fake or processed. Now I use a little raw honey in my hot tea, a little organic Florida cane sugar and sometimes a little vanilla extract in my coffee, and I drink my iced tea unsweetened. My husband only puts cinnamon and cream in his coffee.

I think its a very personal decision regarding the sugar-free syrups (or anything with an artificial sweetener) and for me, personally, I won't use them anymore and I would rather use a little real sugar and/or other natural flavorings.

For you, if you enjoy them and don't have any adverse effects (and I would also add, if you aren't trying to lose weight) it probably won't kill you. It really just depends on if it is acceptable to you.

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on September 30, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I agree with this. I use heavy cream and turbinado sugar. Sometimes maple syrup (maple coffee, yes! It's great!) because I don't really like honey. Sometimes also vanilla or hazelnut extract in the cream, or I'll brew my coffee with unsweetened cocoa mixed in. I also adore iced coffee.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on October 01, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Love this answer. Obviously, the best way to go is *no* artificial sweeteners of any kind, but if a little DaVinci/Torani syrup keeps the OP from binging on sugar, I think it's okay. (In small amounts, of course, like the little splashes in coffee. Wouldn't want to be chugging cups of the stuff, that's for sure.) I don't use 'em anymore, but when I did, I *loved* DaVinci in plain yogurt. (Esp. banana, peach.)

F4a36373d0d51fc3444944a08472fccb

(10)

on October 01, 2012
at 10:10 AM

My "fear" is the carbs, as I am on a very low carb food plan to lose weight. (And will, no doubt, stay on it, even when I get to maintenance.) That said, my highest was 357, am currently at 229, and still losing an average of 2 pounds a week. I don't use a lot; just a splash each of 2 flavours in my evening coffee and cream. Even though I love fruit, I find any of it is a binge for me, just like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. So my sweet treat is my evening, "dessert" coffee. I will strt to cut back a little of each syrup, to see how I fare. Thanks, Debb :)

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Debb, congrats on your tremendous success! What flavors are you using in the coffee? Maybe there is an extract (vanilla, almond, chocolate, etc.) that you could use in place of the syrup?

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on September 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I use xylitol in small amounts occasionally, but one of the best things I did for myself is forgo ALL sweeteners for a long time. This allowed me to really taste real food and wake up my jaded taste buds. I can taste the natural sweetness in things I never before perceived as sweet, and when I do use xylitol a very small amount is enough. This morning I made a recipe calling for six tablespoons of xylitol, but the two teaspoons I used was more than enough.

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on October 30, 2014
at 01:30 PM

Hi - The best option in my opinion is the DaVinci Gourmet Naturals line. They are made with cane sugar and no artificial flavorings. DaVinci's other lines (Classic, Sugar Free, Fruit Innovations) use artificial ingredients on some flavors. But the Naturals line is all natural, plus they are flavor forward rather than just sweet forward. So the Turkish Hazelnut (nuts actually from Turkey) tastes like hazelnut and not just sweet nutty-ness. There's currenlty 4 Single Origin flavors which are awesome as well.

Of course I drink everything coffee related, straight espresso or iced coconut lattes

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on September 30, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Any thoughts on Xylitol? I know that it's diabetic safe, and prevents yeast overgrowth, so I've had a number of folks who had alternative health people recommend it to them. I haven't found anything that says that it's bad... so what do you think?

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

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on September 30, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I apologize: I know that almost everybody knows this already, but for the one in a thousand who might not: xylitol is deadly to dogs. DON'T let them near it. As for individual use, it hasn't caused me any problems, but my preference is for erythritol. Why? because it comes in powdered form, which is easier for me to handle.

F4a36373d0d51fc3444944a08472fccb

(10)

on October 01, 2012
at 06:37 PM

thanks for sharing that about dogs. I hadn't heard that before!

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on September 30, 2012
at 04:40 PM

We don't have anything better than Stevia at this point.

Stevia is the king of sweeteners, but even Stevia is not perfect.

F4a36373d0d51fc3444944a08472fccb

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:06 AM

I did try one brand -- TruVia I think it was, and there was an awful aftertaste. :(

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on October 01, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Try getting the liquid extract WITHOUT Erythritol.

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