News Forums Nutrition Food Substitution Acceptable substitutions for Stevia?

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    LeslieAnn Dykes
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    I can’t stand the taste of Stevia, and don’t do well with other sugar substitutions. I recently came accross Yakon syrup, and have read it may assist in good gut health and weight loss. It’s only 20 cal, but 5 carbs and 5 sugars. Is this an acceptable substitute? Has anyone tried this?

    #1652

    Rachel Fiske
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    Hey Leslie! I personally would recommend sticking to real food sources of sugar is stevia doesn’t work for you. Just a bit of raw honey or grade b maple syrup are great options. I also love adding cinnamon, which adds sweetness without any sugar or calories. I hope that helps!

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    LeslieAnn Dykes
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    Hi Rachel! That was a great suggestion about using cinnamon. I tried it tonight in my tea and it was great! I’m going to pick up some raw honey tomorrow. Great idea’s – thanks for for the help!

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    Jessica Romeo
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    Are you currently on phase 1? If so I would stick to cinnamon as Rachel mentioned, but also rely on fruit as well to get a natural sugar boost. In later phases stick to natural sources such as honey and maple syrup like Rachel mentioned above. I’d say steer clear of anything that is made in a lab. What I like about this plan is that eventually you will crave sugar so much less, by satisfying your hunger with whole food sources your body will be so much happier in the long run. I will note that it can take a couple weeks to get out of the sugar cravings, but stick it out you will be so glad that you did!

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    Judalon Smyth
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    I find different brands of stevia have different levels of taste and after-taste. SweetLeaf Liquid works well for me. And what about the Monk or is it Munk fruit that has been around about 2 years now? I like grade b maple syrup over honey.

    #1845

    Judalon Smyth
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    Sugar cravings is my problem right now. First time I did P1 I did so well because cherries were in season and eating them satisfied the sugar need, then plums caught my fancy, but not any plums… we have an organic farmer at our local FM and his plums are the ones that hit my sweet spot and knock out the call for sugar, but he has oranges and apples now and they do not do it for me.

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    Lynnette Stevens
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    What about Truvia as a Sugar substitute?

    #2596

    Jessica Romeo
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    Lynnette, I think it is best that you steer clear of all sugar substitutes while on this plan, personally I think what makes it such a great plan is that you will eventually have no more sugar cravings. However if you swap out the sugar and replace it with a substitute, your brain is still wanting and craving the sweet stuff, so the goal is to really end that entire cycle. I would say if you stick out phase 1 completely you will notice your cravings dwindle to nothing and anything with sugar in it later on is going to feel like too much…which is what you want 🙂 Try to turn to fruit for a little sweet fix here and there. I hope this helps

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    Lynnette Stevens
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    Jessica, there are a number of comments about using Stevia. Is Truvia acceptable? Have you read the ingredients?

    #2676

    Jessica Romeo
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    I am going to look this over and ask for other opinions about this, I will let you know as soon as possible thanks!

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    pam morel
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    Does anyone have any information about using agave instead of honey or maple syrup or stevia? It’s lower glycemic.

    #4652

    Jessica Romeo
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    Honestly not all that much difference in agave and maple syrup…sugar is sugar, just stick to getting your sugar from fruits, and a tiny bit of stevia if needed in phase 1.

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    April Larkin
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    I do not like any fake sugar as it leaves a bitter taste and I get a headache too.

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    Trish Featherston
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    Here is a link to an FDA page on artificial sweetners, in case it may be of some help: https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm397725.htm

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    Trish – thanks for the link. Very good information to have.

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