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Ideal No Calorie Sweetener 10.6 Ounce Baking Bag
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131 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2010
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I have an intense dislike for all fake sugars out there, and have tried every one I could get my hands on. Ideal Sweetener is the only one I like. It is perfect for baking and you use it cup-for-cup in recipes instead of sugar. Zero calories and has no funky aftertaste like most artificial sweeteners. I am so happy I will be able to order this on Amazon in the Baking Bag, as all the stores in my area only carry the small packs. Finally, I can make cookies and breads without all the calories!!

EDIT: If you are using this for baking, it is not zero calories. I contacted Heartland Sweeteners to find out the calories-per-cup, and this was the response:

Thank you for contacting Heartland Sweeteners. The FDA allows any food item with less than 5 calories per serving to be labeled as "zero calories". Ideal has 202 calories per cup versus over 770 calories in a cup of sugar.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2010
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I have been using sugar alternatives for many years. I have tried many of them. I loved Splenda(sucralose), but recently discovered that it is not properly digestible, with as much as 40% left for the body to process. I went back to stevia based sweeteners, but quickly grew tired of the bitter after taste. This product is also based in plant-like, natural ingredients. The taste closely rivals table sugar! I am already on my second large order. I add it to my coffee and iced tea with a teaspoon just as if it was sugar.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I like this sweetener a lot. But it is not a NO sweetener like the label claims, it is a LOW calorie sweetener when you do the math.

The company says on their website that are 202 calories and 53 grams of carbs for a cup of Ideal. So it is 12.5 cals/3.3 carbs a tablespoon, and 4 cals/1.1 carbs a teaspoon. So not an actual NO calorie sweetener like the bag says. They list 0 calories because they can since it is under 5 calories for the serving size they have listed, but on a large pouch meant for baking you would use way more than a teaspoon -- especially if you wanted to make any of the sweet items they have pictured on the front of the bag! The label should be changed to reflect its intended purpose. It's like saying a can of regular soda is calorie free if you list it as being 42 servings.

That said, I will still be using it since it has less than a third of the calories of sugar, about a quarter of the carbs and tastes very good. Their shady lack of disclosure on the bag leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But while it's not a no calorie sweetener, but it is pretty close to ideal.

Rating breakdown:
Product claims = 1 star
Product taste = 5 stars
Overall: 3 stars

Calorie and carb info from [...]
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2011
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I was very disappointed in this item, which I thought would be 100% xylitol. It is a mixture of xylitol and SUCRALOSE (splenda). I would never have bought this dangerous sweetener, so I am pretty bummed I wasted my $$$.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
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Since I am diabetic, I have tried every artificial sweetener on the market. For me, all of them have too much of a bitter aftertaste to be usable. I had read that xylitol is more or less a 'natural' product, and after having heard a professional chef give glowing reports of Ideal (xylitol) on a radio program, I ordered the three bulk forms of the product.
It tastes fine in beverages. Of all the sweeteners I've tried it IS actually the closest to the taste of sugar, with the least noticeable aftertaste. It does measure like sugar, too, as advertised on the package.
However, baked goods made with the granular, confectioners' and brown sugar mixtures of Ideal product were unsatisfactory. Cookies made measure for measure with Ideal were mealy and did not brown. There's no way to get a crisp cookie or moist cake because the xylitol does not carmelize, so the only texture it contributes is dry grainy-ness. I suppose the radio chef raved about the product because he was trying to sell his cookbook dealing with the use of xylitol as a sugar substitute.
I will continue using Ideal in my coffee, but not for baking. I'm very disappointed that Ideal does not perform at all well in baked goods.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2010
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This is probably one of the best brand of sweetener available right now. There are many sweeteners at supermarkets & grocery stores: like Equal, Splenda, Truvia, Purevia, etc... But Ideal is my favorite for two reasons: Taste & Consistency.

Taste: It's the closest thing you will get to sugar without being sugar. In "my opinion", it ALMOST leaves none of the aftertaste that you come to expect from sweeteners like Sweet-N-Low (saccharin), Nutrasweet (aspartame), or to an extent Splenda (sucralose). Truvia & Purevia do taste like sugar initially, but I find they have a bitter aftertaste. Ideal (xylitol) has a slight hint of non-sugar initially, that eventually subside and disappear.

Consistency: It looks like sugar!! It is not powdery or too off-white or too dark. It's crystally like sugar. Actually, you could mistake it with real sugar by just the look of it. The only thing that gives it away is the feel of it on your spoon or your hand. It feels lighter than real sugar, almost fluffy (light 'n airy).

One of the best thing about Ideal is it dissolves equally well in hot AND cold beverages, unlike real sugar. I have not tried it for baking or sweet recipes, but have added to savory dishes and it is a worthy substitute.

The only problem that I have with Ideal is you can't find it at many grocery stores or supermarket. You need to order it on Amazon or look on their website where they get distributed.

Overall, A++
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2010
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I am so glad I found a place to purchase this product. I really like Ideal. I use it in my iced tea and it tastes like sugar. It works really well with hot tea too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2010
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I have a problem with many reviews calling this a "healthy" sweetener for it is NOT healthy, just a better substitute than many others out there. Although not a "healthy" sweetener, it taste great and taste pretty much just like the organic Sucant sugar I usually use for baking.

The first ingredient in Ideal is Xylitol (not very sweet by itself) which is iffy with health foodies (they say it is too processed just like white sugar) and then Ideal adds two other ingredients that are definitely unhealthy. Maltrodextrin is more often than not derived from corn (usually GMO corn) which is NOT healthy and the other ingredient is Sucralose which is Splenda which is NOT healthy because your body cant recognize it and doesnt know what to do with it therefore making it harder on your system than sugar and harder to digest.

I'm huge into whole food holistic eating and buy stevia leaves or stevia powder which is truly zero calories and not bad on your system; yet, it does have a minor aftertaste you have to get used to. If you are looking for a sweetener that is not unhealthy turn to 100% stevia and is fine for diabetics. Again, this Ideal brand xylitol is mixed with corn sweetener and splenda and although not healthy, does taste great!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2011
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I've been able to use this sweetener in my recipes and things like coffee, tea, etc. It tastes like sugar - no bitterness or aftertaste. However, I find the "zero calorie" label misleading. They're allowed to say that the product has zero calories because each teaspoon has less than five, which is close enough for the FDA. However, if you're going to use it in baking, you will be adding some calories and carbohydrates. Each cup has 202 calories and 53 grams of carbs, according to their website. I mean, it's a heck of a lot better than sugar, but I think the packaging should give the statistics per cup instead of the rounded down "zeros" in a teaspoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
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I have purchased Ideal for about a year now but discovered that the product sold in the store was promotional and the big chains here in Massachusetts are not selling it. Major Bummer. I sent the Ideal folks an e-mail about the situation--they were the ones who told me about the distribution problems.

Ideal contains as the first ingredient, Xylitol which is found in sugarless gum. Xylitol has the benefit of being dentally positive (it actually promotes to a degree some dental benefits) whereas sugar as we all know is dentally negative (sugar is food for bacteria and the bacteria byproducts, poo as it is, causes dental caries). That is the reason I use it. One only needs to calculate the cost of dental bills to decide to add Ideal to one's shopping list-- along with floss and fluoride rinse.

I find the taste of Ideal to be better than sugar as there is no post sugar dryness in the mouth. The pink, blue yellow and other fake sweetners have a horrible aftertaste which Ideal does not have (at least in coffee and ice tea). The only bummer is that the Ideal company is not doing a better job of promoting this product. But such is life.

I do agree with some writers that the Ideal folks should be upfront about calories. Sadly the Ideal folks are following the letter of the law that allows companies to say no calorie when in fact there are calories. The oil in the can spray products are a big offender here as they list their serving size to be 1/3 of a second but if one calculates the amount of fat calories in a small can it comes to about 1400 calories, all from fat. Ideal should not take this route and should be upfront. 5 calories per teaspoon with diabetic and dental benefits is, in my book, a positive selling point.
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