Like many women, and especially after having three kids, I’ve made some lifestyle changes to help myself lose weight and keep it off. The challenge is difficult at times, but not insurmountable. One of the most significant changes I’ve made is reducing my consumption of sugar. This step seemed easy at first, until I realized that sugar is hidden in many food products under numerous different names. After careful analysis of the food I was eating and the seemingly minimal amount of sugar I was adding to my coffee, tea, fruit, etc, it became clear that I was consuming more than I should. I decided to use artificial, calorie-free sweeteners instead, but every one I tried either left a bitter or metallic aftertaste or wasn’t suitable for baking. I was also concerned about the chemicals present in some of these artificial sweeteners. Studies have linked aspartame and saccharin to cancers and other serious ailments, and I wanted to find a decent tasting sugar substitute that didn’t contain these ingredients. I finally found one that suits my needs perfectly: Ideal No Calorie Sweetener.
The primary ingredient in Ideal No Calorie Sweetener is xylitol, which is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables, and also produced by the human body as part of the normal metabolism of glucose. While many of the other calorie-free sweeteners are artificial chemical concoctions, Ideal stands out as a more natural, safer alternative. Though Ideal does contain minimal amounts of sucralose, dextrose, and maltodextrin, it is mainly comprised of xylitol and is over 99% natural by volume. Xylitol received FDA approval in 1963 and has been used as a food additive for over 40 years. For those concerned about sugar and cavities, it’s important to note that xylitol has been shown to actually inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause cavities.
Unlike other artificial sweeteners, Ideal is safe for pregnant women and children, a bonus for kids who have a ‘sweet tooth’. However, Ideal is NOT safe for pets, particularly dogs, as they digest food differently than we do. Care should be taken when using Ideal around animals. I find the taste to be sweeter than sugar, but lacking the bitter aftertaste of other sugar substitutes. I actually prefer the taste of Ideal to regular sugar! Ideal packets equal the sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar, and the granular baking mix measures cup for cup like sugar, eliminating the need for re-formulating your baking recipes. Baked goods made with Ideal taste as close to sugar as a sugar substitute can get, making it a smart choice for dieters with a fondness for sweets! Ideal is gluten-free and OU Kosher certified. Among the various artificial sweeteners on the market, I’ve found Ideal to be the safest and the best tasting.
- Ideal is over 99% natural, featuring xylitol as the main ingredient.
- Ideal is safe for pregnant women and children.
- Xylitol has dental benefits; it inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause cavities.
- Ideal is a smart choice for Diabetics.
- Ideal is gluten-free and OU Kosher certified.
- The taste of Ideal is similar to sugar, though slightly sweeter, with no bitter aftertaste.
- Ideal is available in individual packets or as a granulated baking mix.
- Ideal is not safe for pets, particularly dogs.
- Ideal is more expensive than regular sugar.
- Ideal contains minimal amounts of sucralose, dextrose, and maltodextrin.
Ideal No Calorie Sweetener is a safe, natural sugar substitute with a taste comparable to regular sugar. I’ve tried nearly every artificial sweetener on the market, and I’ve found Ideal to be the best tasting. The individual packets are great for sprinkling into coffee and tea, and on pancakes and waffles. The granulated baking mix is the next best thing to baking with real sugar. For those looking to reduce their sugar consumption, Ideal is a great choice.