This morning I tried NuStevia in my coffee. I got a sample of it at Whole Foods this weekend. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and didn’t have a weird aftertaste 🙂 I like stevia, but also use brown sugar, maple syrup and even Splenda depending on what I’m making…
My exploration of Stevia reminded me of a very good question reader Emily asked recently, and I thought a post was in order…
All though I have been pretty successful with my weight loss (just a few more stubborn pounds to go) … I want to start eating better and eliminate as much processed crap as possible. My huge issue is artificial sweeteners and sugar free products! I usually eat a sugar free packet of instant flavored oatmeal and add a packet of equal.. (i also add berries, and about 1/4 cup of dry cereal for crunch) but I obviously know this is not the best for my body. I have tried eating regular oats.. and it tastes awful to me! Almost like cardboard. Tomorrow I am planning to try regular oats with some honey as my sweetener… however since I plan to have oatmeal most mornings.. I’m wondering if something like agave nectar is a better choice for such frequent use? Do you use this or have you ever? Can you give any insight on agave versus honey? I know they are just about the same in calories… but don’t know about sugar and all that.
I too want to get away from too many artificial sweeteners and have tried all the different natural options out there. I’ve researched the best sweetener and tried them all out so I was all over this question 🙂
When it come to oatmeal – I don’t use much sweetener because I make it with a ripe banana. Ripe bananas cooked with the oats are the key a sweet, fluffy bowl of goodness! I have made whipped banana oats in the microwave and on the stove so it works either way.
Regarding your agave dilemma…
Agave nectar is a great choice – but you have to realize that it still has calories (unlike artificial sweeteners you’ve been using). But, it isn’t packed with shady chemicals that may cause cancer (like artificial sweeteners have been accused of).
One of the benefits of Agave Nectar is a low glycemic index. If your blood sugar is easily spiked (and everyone is different) than it may be a better option than other sugar – but it’s still sugar.
Supposedly agave has a lower glycemic index than sugar and honey.
A light agave syrup is usually a little thinner than honey and therefore easier to pour and spread – this might help you use less.
Really, the benefits of agave over similar sweeteners aren’t big enough to base a decision on. If you like the taste of agave over honey – use it. But, if you prefer the taste of honey or maple syrup – use that. If I’m going to “spend” calories on something it better be something I like!
This morning started with a cup of coffee, a handful of cereal and a 5 mile run. Luckily, I missed the rain. After I ate breakfast and showered it started POURING! And now it’s thundering super hard. Ahhhh!
Then, strawberry oikos and granola. I smartly got granola from the bulk bin when we hit up Whole Foods. This way I don’t have a whole box in my house, but still get to enjoy some of my fave food. I <3 granola
Q: What’s your sweetener of choice???