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Posted by: marty s, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 6:36pm
Could someone please tell me are the artificial sweetners Agave nectar and Xylitol suitable for type Bs? Thanks 8)
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:01pm; Reply: 1
vegetable glycerine
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:04pm; Reply: 2
Rating for Agave is in typebase:
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:08pm; Reply: 3
Xylitol has not been evaluated by Dr D.

Xylitol can be made from corn or birch. Most of the xylitol found in commercial products is corn-based, and Bs tend to do very poorly on it. If you can find the kind made from birch bark, you may want to try it to see how your body responds. If the product doesn't specify the source, assume it's made from corn.

Agave is neutral for all types. Bs can also have honey, rice syrup, maple syrup, and molasses.

Remember that the portion sizes for all sweeteners is very small. 1-2 teaspoons a day is plenty.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 5:39am; Reply: 4
Agave is not an artificial sweetener.  It is a natural product made from the agave plant.  

Xylitol is artificial in that it is chemically produced and not naturally occurring in anything.  (And as others have said, it is also usually made from genetically modified corn)  Xylitol is found in tons of products.  You have to really watch out for it.  In addition to (or perhaps because of) being probably from genetically modified and very high pesticide corn, it gives a lot of people serious digestive problems.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:40am; Reply: 5
I still wouldn´t use agave- it is really not as natural to get agave out of that plant ... and due to its extremely high levels of fructose  from 90 -55 %  I get severe reactions to it.

I prefer small amounts of my super foods; molasses sugar, maple and honey - the latter is also high in fructose but does not effect me nearly as bad.. and does not need high processing.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:37pm; Reply: 6
If I wasn't an O nonnie, I likely wouldn't use agave either. But I can't use honey- and sometimes the strong flavor of molasses just doesn't work in a recipe. Agave is the only mild sweetener I'm allowed to have. I don't eat very much of it, and I certainly don't use it daily, but I'm not about to give it up either.

I don't know how "un-natural" it is. Tequila is made from agave, and tequila has been consumed for hundreds of years. I'm not sure how long agave itself has been used as a sweetener (rather than just as a starter for alcohol) but it seems logical that the local populace would use it for both when it was first produced, especially since honey doesn't really grow well in the areas where agave plants grow. According to the Wikipedia page on tequila, it was first produced in the 1600s, but that's just when Spanish Conquistadors thought to distill  the native "fermented agave beverage" they'd already been making for only God knows how long.
Posted by: marty s, Friday, September 20, 2013, 4:16pm; Reply: 7
Thanks everyone! Found all your info very helpful.  ;D
Marty s
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, September 20, 2013, 4:58pm; Reply: 8
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:13am; Reply: 9
Xylitol, even from birch, messes up my intestines.

If I was going to use sweetener, I would use maple syrup/sugar, or honey, if the strong flavor of molasses was not wanted.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:38am; Reply: 10
I use date sugar (this is just ground up dates).

This will not work for O nons.

So for O nons:

Fig powder should be able to be used in much the same way as date sugar, but it is expensive.

Prune powder is more widely available, but is still expensive. Might need to figure our how to make your own since prunes are a lot cheaper than the powder (And sometimes the commercial powder contains undesirable ingredients like sugar alcohols).

Posted by: Xuxuzinha, Friday, September 27, 2013, 1:28pm; Reply: 11
Probably not helpful for most of you guys, but the Total Sweet Xylitol available on the UK is made from "sustainable hard woods".

So pretty safe I'd say.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:13pm; Reply: 12

A lot of people have severe intestinal distress when they consume Xylitol from any source.  No matter what the source, it is still a sugar alcohol.  Sorry, but I have to disagree with you:  It is not "pretty safe".
Posted by: Xuxuzinha, Thursday, October 3, 2013, 2:57pm; Reply: 13
Well I guess we won't know untill Dr D. has evaluated it.

I don't have problems with it.
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