I'm not quite ready to give up my morning coffee, I enjoy it too much :) The coffee itself is only a few calories, but it's the sugar that adds up. Does anyone have any sweeteners they recommend over sugar? thanks!
Depending, of course, on how sweet you like your coffee I wouldn't bother with artificial sweeteners. A teaspoon of sugar is only 16 calories, a teaspoon of honey is aroud 25 but at least these are natural products. What goes into an artificial sweetener and what damage could it cause to your body over a long-term use - who knows ?
Stevia + Xylotol
(don't let the names scare you, they are natural sweeteners!) Stevia is from a herb, and xylotol is found in fruits/vegetables.
Stevia can have a funny after taste, but it is very sweet so you don't need much. Xylotol tastes just like sugar, but does have about 9 calories per tsp... if you pair half stevia with half xylotol, the stevia adds intense sweetness so you don't need to use that much, and the xylotol helps to neutralize any aftertaste the stevia may have.
You can find both in health food stores and purchase separately, but they are sometimes paired together in this way ^^ for the very purpose!
I like to have both on hand :)
You can also get stevia flavor drops-- these are good, but there may be a bit of an aftertaste to get used to.
Thanks guys! I can't stand the taste of artificial sweeteners anyways, I have never tried stevia or xylotol, but will definitely give those a try. very helpful thank you!
I'm going to recommend that you stick to a small amount of honey or agave instead of sugar... just measure it out before adding it and keep yourself restricted to how much you can have each morning. 25 extra calories is nothing in terms of your overall allowance if you're getting it from a natural source and making sure it really is only that much.
Truvia! My favorite :) It's another form of stevia (herb extract, not just a bunch of chemicals) and I find it doesn't have the bad aftertaste that stevia has. 2 packets in a cup of coffee and you're good to go.
This is slightly off topic but I wanted to mention that xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. I used to use a chewable vitamin that was sweetened with xylitol. One day my dog got it off the bathroom counter, ate the whole bottle, and almost died.
If you don't have pets, I would say try xylitol. Its lower in calories and tastes just like sugar. It is the sweetner used in the Jello Mousse dessert cups and in quite a few natural chewing gums. Xylitol is natural and they are finding it has many other health benefits like strengthening tooth enamel.
If you do have pets, be very careful that they do not have any access to xylitol. Rinse your coffee cup well when your done, keep the package in a closed cupboard. I was certain the dogs couldn't reach the vitamins on the back of the counter but I found out the hard way that they could.
Personally, I think you should pick based on taste and calories if those are of concern to you. Not based on what is from a "natural source" and what is not. All of these substances are chemicals.
Are you sure it was the xylitol that hurt your dog, and not an overdose of vitamins? An entire bottle of vitamins could be deadly even for a human adult.
Xylitol has been well established to be toxic to dogs.
I don't think the OP planned on feeding her sweetened coffee to her dog.
Unless I read that post horribly wrong....?
Did you read the post above mine? I was responding to it...
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