My relationship with sugar is very bittersweet. I tend to be a purist when it comes to food. You will not find many processed foods in our fridge, nor in our pantry. Nothing compares to real butter or maple syrup. We do not drink a lot of soda, so when we do, we only buy those with real cane sugar. My philosophy is that if you're going to indulge, you may as well do it right. Most of the time. There are a couple of times when I make an exception and switch to a sweetener other than sugar.
For instance. Did you know that I had gestational diabetes with my son? Yep. Exception number one: This sugar purist learned rather quickly to change her diet. Instead of mixing a couple tablespoons of sugar into my daily tea, I would use Sucralose instead. Luckily, the diabetes disappeared as soon as my son was born. Due to my experience, I wholeheartedly agree that sweeteners are a necessity for anyone with diabetes.
It is well documented that I have a latte addiction here at Mommycosm. I'm a one-a-day kinda gal - until the dark and cold days of winter hit here in New Hampshire. While I accept the calories in one latte within my diet, calorie and carb counts get way beyond my comfort level when you start adding up two, three lattes a day. It's cold. It's dark. I need warm, comforting beverages. Considering we escape to Aruba at some point every winter, my bathing suit season arrives a little earlier than for most. It becomes necessary for me to use a (zero calorie) sweetener unless I want to sport an extra winter layer on the beach;-)
Why am I telling you all this?
BlogFrog recently sent me samples of Nevella to Go to try out. There are three different types of sweetener: Sucralose, Stevia and Monk Fruit. All are zero calories and zero carbs. I love that they are super concentrated and in liquid form. Just a small squeeze is all you need to add a little sweetness. The bottles are sized so that you can take them with you on the go.
Now, I am familiar with Sucralose from my gestational diabetes days. It tends to be my go-to simply due to familiarity. Stevia has been piquing my interest lately. It is made from a plant found in South America that is supposedly 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Monk Fruit has been used in Asia for over 800 years as a natural sweetener. Aptly named, it comes from a fruit.
I set up a little comparison taste test recently. After trying all three, Sucralose is still my favorite. The others tasted fine and, in all honesty, if you blindfolded me, I wouldn't be able to tell them apart, but each has a slight odor that is unfamiliar to me.
So, if you're looking for zero calorie and carb sweetener to use on the go, I definitely recommend trying out Nevella To Go. You can find them at your local WalMart Supercenter. Before going, definitely check out their website and download the $1 coupon.
Do you use a sweetener? If so, which is your favorite?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nevella. The opinions and text are all mine.