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Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:02 PM

"Reduced Sugar" on the label - Pet peeve

actually "peeve" doesn't quite cover it, it makes me really mad when they do that! I WANT reduced sugar, but the reason they have reduced it is that they have added artificial sweetener. UGH! Still tasting that aftertaste an hour later.

I made cherry turnovers, and I wouldn't have bought that filling, but the Instacart shopper was the culprit. Anyone else with me on this?

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Reply "Reduced Sugar" on the label - Pet peeve (Original post)
lillypaddle Jan 2022 OP
TygrBright Jan 2022 #1
Turbineguy Jan 2022 #2
lillypaddle Jan 2022 #5
Hugh_Lebowski Jan 2022 #3
dweller Jan 2022 #4
lillypaddle Jan 2022 #6
dem in texas Jan 2022 #11
Retrograde Jan 2022 #12
wyn borkins Jan 2022 #7
Midnight Writer Jan 2022 #8
Kali Jan 2022 #9
lillypaddle Jan 2022 #10
spinbaby Jan 2022 #13
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2022 #15
Diamond_Dog Jan 2022 #14

Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:04 PM

1. Also "sugar free with 'natural' flavors"... chemical soup, IOW. YUK. n/t

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:16 PM

5. $10 a pound?

I have no problem with real sugar, it's the artificial stuff I hate.

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Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:12 PM

3. I hear ya ... allulose is a pretty decent sugar substitute though

not much aftertaste at all and quite sugar-like. In fact it IS a proper sugar, but it's chemistry is such that it just passes through you, your body doesn't convert it to energy.

It's expensive though, and pure allulose is only 70% the sweetness of sucrose so you have to use more. It adds up $$$ wise for sure, esp. if baking.

Erythritol is also not bad afa aftertaste goes, but it's a sugar alcohol so it has that same weird 'cooling' effect that the older sweeteners like xylitol have.

But I get what you're saying you want 'actually less sweet' when you see 'reduced sugar' ... but you're gonna have to check ingredients in most cases for that I'm afraid.

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Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:15 PM

4. Absolutely

Iím tired of reading ingredients and finding sugar in EVERYTHING
My choice would be the one with no added sugar but usually canít find one Ö

If they can make regular, low salt, no salt soups for example, why not no sugar added too ?


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Response to dweller (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:17 PM

6. Agree! nt

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Response to dweller (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 08:59 PM

11. AMEN!

One of my favorite lunches used to be a grilled cheese sandwich and a mug of Campbell's tomato soup. Now the tomato soup is a ghost of what it used to be: no tomato tang, just a sweet limp taste. UGH! I have made few runs with my homemade tomato soup, still tweaking the recipe.

I bought a box of wheat crackers, they had a sweet-after taste Looked at the ingredients on the box - there it was: fructose syrup. Haven't purchased that product again.

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Response to dweller (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 12, 2022, 10:06 PM

12. Big Salt doesn't have the pull in Congress?

Sugar, and to a much greater extent corn syrup (essentially fructose) have senators and representatives that push for subsidies so the stuff is cheap - especially high-fructose corn syrup! I think that's why it's found in so many packaged foods.

When I was cooking for my mother, who was diabetic, I checked ingredients on everything I bought: I was surprised at how many common products HFCS is in - even Worchestershire sauce! I've gotten to a point where I rarely buy packaged product - it does take more time to make my own tomato sauce, but I know exactly what it contains: tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs from the garden, and that's it.

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Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 01:31 PM

8. They often use "sugar alcohols" as substitute sweeteners.

There are a variety of these sugar alcohols, and they have differing glycemic effects, with some being nearly as bad as straight sugar.

Most processors use the cheapest ones, which are also the worst.

In addition, since they are not digested as easily, they can cause gas, bloating and loose stools.

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Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 05:16 PM

9. someone in the house (not me, I swear) had a craving for fudgecicles

box was prominently labeled "no added sugar" - what does that even mean??? there was some already and they didn't add more? no sugar at all?

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Response to Kali (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 11, 2022, 06:04 PM

10. Got me

Gets confusing, doesn't it? Probably means they added artificial sweeteners.

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Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Sat Jan 15, 2022, 12:59 PM

13. I don't know why everything has to be so sweet

American food tends to be very sweet. In every other country Iíve been to, even the sweets are less sweet. The comparison I like to make is hotel breakfasts. American hotel breakfasts are largely waffles, muffins, sweetened cereal, and sweet breads. If youíre lucky, theyíll have plain eggs, but watch out for the sausage because it will probably be sweet. German hotel breakfasts include cheese, sliced vegetables, and hearty unsweetened breads. Often the only sweetened item in a German hotel breakfast is jam or honey.

Hereís a picture I took of part of a Swiss hotel breakfast.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 28, 2022, 12:58 AM

15. Everything so sweet.

For about ten years I had not used ketchup on anything, then one day I decided to put some on a cheeseburger in a restaurant. I was astonished at the level of sweetness. To this day, I have no idea if it was simply because I hadn't had ketchup in so long, or if that condiment had become a lot sweeter over that time.

Can anyone enlighten me?

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Response to lillypaddle (Original post)

Sat Jan 15, 2022, 03:35 PM

14. This has been a pet peeve of mine for many years!

Iím with ya,,sister!

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