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March 12, 2010


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I am not really such a huge fan of sugar, particularly cause there are so many natural sweeteners out there that don't cause toxic reactions in the body. Have you tried Stevia, for instance?
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Patsy Catsos

Stevia is a good alternative. Click here for my post about the subject.


what about coconut sugar?

Patsy Catsos

Sorry, no info on that. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the tree, kind of like maple syrup, and I haven't seen any info on it. Can't make any generalizations based on the fruit of the coconut palm.

Rikki Ann Cherry

I need to know what brand of stevia I can use. I like NuNaturals however some od them have 20% grain alcohol, Maltodextrin, Erythritol and here are the ingredients on the alcohol free:

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 7 drops (.35 ml) (approx. 1/4 dropperful)

Servings Per Container: 169

Amount Per Milliliter

% Daily Value

Stevia Extract (Stevia rebaudiana) (Leaf)

140 mg


*Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients

Water, vegetable glycerine and natural flavors.

Contains no MSG, soy, milk, synthetics, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, or artificial sweeteners.

I have tried using another brand that had the cellulose filler in it ant it tends make my stomach feek yuky. Which on am I suppose to use.

Delana Heidrich

Is malodextrin acceptable?


Yes, maltodextrin is acceptable.


Is fructose sugar made from beets safe for FM?


Beet sugar and cane sugar are the same in terms of fructose. Both are 50% fructose, 50% glucose, so are relatively well absorbed in small quantities unless the individual is extremely sensitive.

Lisa Braithwaite

What do you know about luo han guo, aka "monk fruit?" It shows up in a lot of natural food products, and it's the sweetener used in my protein powder. According to Wikipedia, the sweet taste comes mainly from mogrosides. Any idea how this fits into the FODMAP list? I'm using protein powder in my smoothies to maintain my plant-based protein intake during the elimination phase, but it occurred to me I might not want to be eating luo han guo.

Lisa Braithwaite

I missed this in the Wikipedia entry on monk fruit: "The fruit is 25 to 38% of various carbohydrates, mainly fructose and glucose."

Patsy Catsos

Im sorry, I dont know anything about the fruit or the sweetener derived from it.

Lisa Braithwaite

Thanks, Patsy. I found a "cleaner" protein powder. All rice.


I had a question about sugar. If I use it in my tea how much can I have on the elimination diet? I drink 4-5 cups per day.

Patsy Catsos

I can't give you personal advice here. But safe to say it would be best to use as little sugar as possible.

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