My experience and practice: First, I totally avoid aspartame because, for me, it triggers excruciating migraines. Also, Dr. Arlene Taylor, brain-function specialist, has published studies showing that aspartame is a brain toxin. Running a close second to what I totally avoid is xylitol because it can be fatal to small animals. Since I have a Chihuahua and many of my friends have small dogs, I *never* keep any products with xylitol in my house, my car, or my purse. I occasionally use a commercial product sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) but I don’t buy it by itself. My first go-to is usually Truvia Spoonable, a combo of stevia and erythritol. For cooking/baking, I generally use a combination of Swerve (erythritol) in granular and/or confectioners and pure liquid stevia. One word of caution: DO read the labels carefully to make sure your sweetener of choice (including stevia) is not mixed with sugar in any form, including maltodextrin. I would advise to avoid “baking blends” which are usually unabashedly mixed with sugar.

First, some general articles about sugar.

Artificial sweetener use among children: epidemiology, recommendations, metabolic outcomes, and future directions


How Natural and Artificial Sweeteners Affect Your Blood Sugar

“Sugar,” Ellen White wrote, “when largely used, is more injurious than meat” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol. II).

Sugar Industry Manipulated Heart Studies, Review Finds

The case against sugar
A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes

The Sugar Free Revolution

What Is Dextrin?
Dextrins can be made from almost any starch source, like corn, wheat or potatoes. …A lot of dextrin in food is made from non-wheat sources, like tapioca, rice, or potatoes.

Specific Sweeteners

  • Agave Nectar
  • Artificial Sweeteners
    • Acesulfame Potassium
    • Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet)
    • Erythritol (Swerve, Truvia)
    • Monkfruit
    • Stevia
    • Sucralose (Splenda)
    • Sugar Alcohols (xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol)
  • Fructose
  • General Information About Sweeteners
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Sugar (cane, beet)

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