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Emre Yigit

Sugar substitutes

All of Delia's dishes that I have tried are delicious (thank you, Delia!) even if I'm cooking (which says something for their robustness).

However, I'm trying to cut back on the sugar intake, and have slowly started to use splenda and stevia in cooking (I already use them to sweeten coffee and so forth).

Are there any modified Delia desserts or any site that you would recommend?

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JaneMR

Sugar substitutes

The only suggestion I have is to look at the Splenda website or book and try and glean how the substitution works. A diabetic website might also have suggestions and then you can adapt any other recipes.

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Sugar substitutes

The problem with artificial sweeteners is that they are so very very sweet that they can somewhat perversely give you an even sweeter tooth in the long run.

If you want to manage blood sugar levels for health reasons, slower release sugars can be helpful. Good substitutes are powdered fructose, honey, agave syrup, and concentrated apple juice. All are fruit based sugars which are slower release than sucrose.

The very best way to reduce sugar consumption is to educate your palate to want less! Cut down gradually, and after a while you will find foods you used to like just too sweet. It does work, honest :)

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Nausea Bagwash

No sugar

"The very best way to reduce sugar consumption is to educate your palate to want less! Cut down gradually, and after a while you will find foods you used to like just too sweet. It does work, honest :) "
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I can confirm this. I used to take 4 spoonsful of sugar in a cup (not a mug!) of tea. In the 1970s there was a sugar "shortage" I and stopped taking it in tea. It was horrid for a while then I got used to it and then my mother absent-mindedly gave me a cup of sweetened tea which I sipped and spluttered in disgust. No sugar in tea since and it tastes so much better.

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Maura

sugar subs

Hi, I'm not sure how old this query is but I have only just seen it - so apologies.

I love strong sweet tea and despite going for almost a year without sugar in my tea (in order to lose weight) I actually hated every mouthful. I could never get used to it and tried again recently thinking now I'm older I might be more open to the idea....nope, still hated it. I tried Agave syrup but could barely taste the difference between that and no sugar. Now I just restrict my daily intake to 2 mugs per day maximum.

I'm so afraid of all the bad press about artificial sweeteners as well so I dont buy any food or drink containing them. I don't have a sweet tooth for anything else - just tea. It's such a pain as I would like to cut it out, but I dont use it on anything else. I'm mystified as to why I cant get used to tea without it.

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Welshcookie

Sugar

While killing time in a M&S food department I had time to browse the labels. Why does nearly every product contain sugar? Every sandwich, sauce, concentrated stock, and snack and dressing. How can we get the supermarkets to cut back on the stuff? We certainly don't need it, is it just a cheap ingredient to them? There are plenty of low fat products, how about lots of sugar-free products? And I don't suggest they substitute sugar with any artificial sweetener; just leave it out.

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Maura

No Sugar

Well I agree up to a point but I was told by a very experienced bread maker that you need some sugar in bread to help the reaction with the yeast....I often use honey instead. But I really don't know all the in's and out's of it and I'm at that age where I'm sick and tired of being told you can't eat this or that because it's bad for you.
My list of exclusions just goes on and on....No dairy (lactose intolerant....really, not imagined)
No caffeine, alcohol, or chocolate (makes heart race & palpitations)
Restricted - citrus fruit, tomatoes, ice cream - causes acid reflux.
Less Salt - not good for you generally.
Limited bacon, pork, ham etc - due to family history of bowel cancer - apparently it's jut not good for people with that background (according to cancer specialist).

So you see a nice strong, sweet cuppa tea is an indulgence I'm not sure I want to give up as well ;-)

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sugar

"While killing time in a M&S food department I had time to browse the labels. Why does nearly every product contain sugar? Every sandwich, sauce, concentrated stock, and snack and dressing. How can we get the supermarkets to cut back on the stuff? ......"

I agree.... everything isn't just sweet, it is REALLY sweet. The low sugar versions are even worse, as artificial sweeteners are sweeter than sugar, and the 'healthy' low sugar options are packed full of concentrated fruit juice. Please supermarkets, some plain unsweetened options would be great.

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Nausea Bagwash

sugar

Sugar is used like salt to season food - sometimes legitimately eg a pinch really improves tomato dishes but more often in processed foods to hide absence of flavour. Probably because humans have a predisposition to sweet flavours. I'm told by those who know thgese things that human breast milk is very sweet so more or less the first flavour that most babies encounter first thing after they're born.

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Maura

Taste Buds

That's certainly a possibility NB. Funny enough I was always told that Babies have little or no taste buds formed when born - they develop as they grow and that is why you will often see older babies shudder and spit food out as this happens. Food they quite happily took one day will be spat right back at you the next ;-)

Also - and I definitely experienced this with my own children, they love a certain food one week and hate it the next. This can of course just be 'playing up' but the so called experts now think our taste buds continue to change throughout our life and can even be trained to prefer the taste of un-sweetened tea when previously loving it. I think I must just be un-trainable ha ha ;-)

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rosalie123

Sweetener

I like to use sweetener in alot of my foods, though I find it leaves a horrible after-taste, does anyone have this problem too? I suppose the best solution would be to use an overpowering flavour??

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Nausea Bagwash

sweeteners

I definitely think soft drinks, like a well-known brand of cola which have Nutrasweet artificial sweetener, taste nastier than those using sugar.

And a G&T is not helped by saccherine in the tonic water. The only one I can find without artificial sweetener is Tesco's own brand.

 
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