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Feb 16, 2008 11:44 AM

Wholesome Organic Zero sweetener

I am no friend of artificial sweeteners, but I know there are people out there who need them for health reasons.

I tried Wholesome Organic Zero
at the Fancy Foods show and it was the closest thing to sugar I have tasted. It is made of erythritol, which I have read doesn't have the same laxative effects as mannitol or xylitol.

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  1. but what effects DOES it have? What effects does it have that we don't know about, and won't know about for years. The big question is: How does our body metabolize the things we put into it? When we put in artificial foods, or modified "foods" into our body, how badly does it screw things up? What about natural foods that have been raised on chemicals, petrochemicals, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, steroids? How nutritious do you think it's going to end up being for us?

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    1. re: ChefDude

      I only use Stevia which is natural .........and it is GREAT.

      1. re: ChefDude

        Great point ChefDude! Its funny how caught up we get into our weight, appearance, etc. and would even think about putting something so unnatural into our bodies just to be this certain way. And, ironically, these artificial substances end up making us look, feel and act more in the ways we really don't want to be. Hmm...some food for thought :)

        1. re: WholesomeChow

          Except in very large doses, erythritol usually doesn't cause sugar alcohol related symptoms. It's a sweetener from a natural source, polyols from sugar. It's not metabolized, hence the zero calorie claim.

          Here's a lay article with sources cited at the bottom:

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        1. Thanks! How about the aftertaste, since erythritols still have bad after tastes?

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          1. re: wahine88

            The best method most folks find is blending a variety of sweeteners, like using liquid sucralose in combination with xylitol or erythritol.

            Erythritol cannot be used in creamy or dairy kind of foods; it recrystallizes, and makes food gritty and also has a very strong cooling effect that makes it unpleasant to eat and tastes anything but natural.

            Otherwise, sugar alcohols have no bad aftertaste the way artificial sweeteners do.

            1. re: mcf

              Thanks. Also seeking subs best for baking. Today I plan to compare Zero with monk fruit. For a potato salad, so hope not too gritty. I can't stand the Stevia-based products' aftertaste

              1. re: wahine88

                Monkfruit sweetners have other sweeteners added. Nectresse, for example is primarily erythritol, monkfruit is there in a small proportion.

                1. re: ferret

                  Not Monk fruit in the raw, apparently. Disadvantage is it comes in small packets

                2. re: wahine88

                  I don't know how sweet your potato salad is, but I use just a drop or two of liquid sucralose in cole slaw and don't get the nasty aftertaste. If I use more, I have to blend with xylitol 50/50. That lowers the carbs and prevents the icky Splenda taste and mouth feel I get.

                  1. re: mcf

                    I'm making a Japanese potato salad which requires more sugar. Just in case, where do you buy liquid sucralose, & does it have an aftertaste?

                    1. re: wahine88

                      I buy it at amazon has some versions of it, too, I believe. Most folks don't get the aftertaste, but I get both that and a waxy mouth feel unless I cut it by 50% by blending.

                      Lilquid sucralose is zero calorie and carbs, unlike the granular, which has about 24 grams of carbs per cup.

                      1. re: mcf

                        I tasted both. Monk fruit sweeter but has slight aftertaste. Zero less sweet but no aftertaste. I think it's an erythritol. However it didn't give enough sugar flavor to my salad, so I'll have to add a lot more or put in a bit of real sugar. What are peoples experiences with coconut (brown) sugars ?

                        1. re: wahine88

                          Coconut sugars are high carb, so have avoided them.

                          1. re: wahine88

                            Coconut sugar can be swapped for refined sugar 1:1. Tastes the same IMO. The color is irrelevant to the flavor unless they have added molasses to imitate traditional brown sugar.