Sugar substitutes? What are your suggestions

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  1. dhammer53
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    Ever since I found out I had a touch of the gout, I've been reducing my sugar intake. Regular Coke became diet coke. I've cut out sugary drinks such as orange juice. The upside to this is that I've lost a few pounds. :cool:

    I used sugar for my coffee, but that's got to go too. It seems that everyone has a suggestion for an artificial sweetener. What's yours and why?

    Splenda
    Sweet n Low
    Truvia
    Other
     
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    I have a ridiculous attachment to Splenda. I even carry around extra packets in my wallet just in case I'm caught somewhere without it.
     
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    I would recommend to not use any sweeteners. However, if you do have to use something try Agave or Maple syrup.
     
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    I have cut all sodas completely... even diet soda is not great for you.

    As far as sweetener, my preference is Splenda. At home, I buy the kind that has 1g of fiber per packet added so I can take in extra fiber with my morning coffee!
     
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    +1. Agave is amazingly sweet, so you need just a little.
     
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    I'd also suggest to work to wean off of artificial sweeteners if possible. I understand that this can be difficult, but unsweetened coffee is a great beverage.
     
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    No sugar, nor sweetener for me.. it's manifestly better to go without.. happy new year :)
     
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    Also I have noticed since I started eating better, my cravings to sweets deminished. No sweetener in my coffee for many years and it is a great beverage as long as it is not Starbucks or any other burned coffee. :D
     
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    Unless you're diabetic, I would avoid artificial sweeteners. There is research showing that artificial sweeteners can cause a slowing of the metabolism leading to weight gain. Soda and diet sodas are bad for you in general. Go with water.

    I've never heard of avoiding sugar with gout (unless you are consuming too many sugared drinks and snacks instead of drinking enough water and eating a nutritious diet). The usual diet recommendations are:
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Reduce how many purine-rich foods you eat, especially anchovies, sardines, oils, herring, organ meat (liver, kidney, and sweetbreads), legumes (dried beans and peas), gravies, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, consommé, and baking or brewer's yeast.
    • Limit how much meat you eat at each meal.
    • Avoid fatty foods such as salad dressings, ice cream, and fried foods.
    National Institute of Health .gov

    American College of Rheumatology
     
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    Beer specifically.
     
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    Beer is the worst, but hard liquor, port, and some red wines are also to be avoided.
     
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    Word on the wine boards is merlot is a problem. Other reds are ok (in moderation, of course). ;)

    dh
     
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    Or honey - I don't have a sweet tooth, but I think I'll go make myself a cup of green tea with a teaspoon of honey.

    "I'm concerned about my heart health, so I'm drinking more red wine." :eek::p
     
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    I am on board with no sweeteners. I am of the opinion the artificial sweeteners are worse for you than actually using real sugar.
     
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    If the OP is trying to avoid sugar, it probably doesn't make any difference to him whether it starts out in dry or liquid form.

    If you're trying to "cut down" on sugar (and not eliminate it entirely), the amount you put in your coffee is probably among the last things you need to worry about -- not withstanding the fact that the coffee is a lot better without sugar. Processed foods should go first.

    After reading Horse's comments I did a quick read-around and, indeed, there does not appear to any connection between sugar consumption and gout, except that people with gout are counseled to maintain a healthy body weight to assist in their body's ability to process uric acid, which is the problem.
     
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    If using a sweetener, I recommend stevia - I get Stevia in the Raw...Truvia already mentioned.

    :)
     
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    Nice. Have you tried putting a piece of lemon in your honey? Tastes amezing

    Also, prefer a slice of lemon in my coffee on a plane. Always get a look from a flight attendant, lemon in your coffee ???:confused:
     
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    Natural foods are always better. Most of the artificial sweeteners are great carcinogens.
     
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    Looks like I'm the only one for Equal (little blue packet), and while I don't use it much, hubby is a fanatic about it, so I always make sure to carry a couple of extras in my bag.
     
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    Oh sure, especially iced green tea. Funny thing though, when I went to make a cup of hot this morning, I realized decaf was all I had. :eek: Sooo, I've been going a little slow today without the caffeine.

    Is that something that's better on a plane than on the ground because of the dry air? I just drink coffee black, but I'll try that.
     
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    I just do it. It feels more refreshing on the plane :)
     
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    I *could* geek out about the science behind Splenda but I'll spare y'all the organic chemistry. As a doc, I have no concerns about funneling it into my 3 cups of morning coffee.
    But maybe those 3 cups are an issue...
     
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    There is no clear evidence, but it does not mean it is safe. It just means that further studies are necessary.

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/artificial-sweeteners
     
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    Stevia is the only product that doesn't have some poison component. All of the others do, even though "lab tests haven't proven anything." That said, I use them from time to time, especially in cold drinks (i.e., iced tea) because they dissolve. Splenda is the #1 choice for taste of the "majors" that would be available in a coffee shop, etc. Equal (aspartame) is probably the most poisonous. But all of them in limited use (unless you have some sort of sensitivity) probably won't do any damage.
     
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