|Summer, 2016: Ideal has JACKED UP THEIR PRICES SKY HIGH $55 for a 6 pk if you can find it cheaper, it's a good deal.|
My three favorite natural sweeteners are Ideal, Truvia and Just Like Sugar. All are first choices in cooking and baking. The only thing I'm frustrated by is that I cannot find two of them them in local stores and they have to be ordered online. I order through Amazon and Netrition.
Just Like Sugar Sweetener
Just Like Sugar is obtained from Chicory Root, Calcium and Vitamin C. For those looking for a natural alternative to harmful artificial sweeteners. Just Like Sugar is a wonderful natural alternative for those health conscious people, who choose a calorie-restricted diet, with a great pure sweet flavor that tastes just like sugar.
Just Like Sugar is a 100% natural FDA GRAS approved sweetener made from only the purest of ingredients. Just Like Sugar enhanced composition is a source of natural dietary fiber obtained from chicory root and vitamin C, which should be essential ingredients in everyone's daily diet. Just Like Sugar comprises a perfect blend of chicory root dietary fiber which is a prebiotic and probiotic food. The best (and some researchers believe the only) example of a prebiotic and probiotic is chicory inulin as found in Just Like Sugar. Chicory inulin is a "non-digestible oligosaccharide," which simply means that it is a carbohydrate that cannot be digested. It can be - and is being - fermented in the lower parts of the intestinal tract. As a result, the friendly intestinal micro flora (bifidobacterium) grows better. Vitamin C from organic orange juice.
"Just Like Sugar granular composition is as sweet as regular sugar
cane gram for gram and will dissolve instantly in any type of drinks,
hot or cold. Just Like Sugar tastes great in all of your cooking,
baking and foods recipes that you sprinkle sugar on
such as cereal, fruits, shakes, etc."
Also available: Brown Sweetener by Just Like Sugar
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Update - July 2016
I was going to order a 6 pk on Amazon and saw Ideal has jacked up their pricing to $55 (as of this post) for the Ideal Sweetener 6 Pack. If you can find it cheaper, it's a great deal. I used to buy it for about $31 and $33 but I guess everyone has discovered how awesome it is and the price went up accordingly.
Xylitol is the main ingredient by volume in Ideal® no calorie sweetener. Xylitol has been used worldwide in foods for over 40 years, having received FDA approval as a food additive in 1963. You’ve probably seen it in foods like sugar-free gum, lozenges, puddings.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is:
- As sweet as sugar with fewer calories
- Safe for pregnant women and children
- Endorsed by dental associations* and other medical professionals
- Not safe for pets, especially dogs
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that can be found in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body as part of the normal metabolism of glucose. With its low glycemic index, xylitol is a great alternative for people with diabetes since it is metabolized independently of insulin.
Xylitol is also known for its dental benefits. Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. Many research organizations (including the Calorie Control Council and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) have identified considerable health benefits from using xylitol.
Ideal® cooks and bakes more like sugar than the leading no calorie sweetener. The granular blend measures cup-for-cup like sugar and comes in a recloseable bag. With Ideal® it's easy—and delicious—to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt!
- Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 10.6 Ounce Baking Bag
- Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 10.6 Ounce Baking Bag (Pack of 2)
- Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 10.6 Ounce Baking Bag (Pack of 3)
- Ideal Sweetener No Calorie 10.6 Oz (Pack of 6)
- Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 100 Count
- Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 100 Count Pack of 2
- Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 100 Count Pack of 3
This one I'm excited about because I can buy it either online or at my local store! I'm thrilled about that as I can only find the other two favorite sweeteners online and not locally.
Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener is available in my local grocery stores along with another sweetener that I can't endorse because I hated it (It starts with a P and has an interesting spelling). Truvia however, is a Stevia based sweetener and in cooking, marinades, baked goods, on my homemade flax cereal - it's come through with flying colors.
Dogs digest foods differently than we do, so some foods are not safe for them to eat. Foods like chocolate, apples, peaches, raisins, grapes, avocados, baking soda and xylitol are not safe for your pet. So, please don't let them eat anything made with these foods.
Georgene G. asked about tummy issues in the comments. I do have tummy issues when I eat sugar free 'store bought' foods like the sugar free cake mixes and sugar free cookies because they have Malitol in them. I haven't noticed trouble with home baked goods made with Just Like Sugar, Erythritol, Truvia or ideal brand xylitol. (I typically don't touch things with Malitol because it's just not worth the pain and bathroom trips after!)