Fructose Malabsorption Products: Stevia–a Sugar Substitute

Stevia__No Sugarless Gum

It’s commonly known among FMers that if we want sugar, our safest choices would be dextrose or glucose.  But what about Stevia?  I had my husband pick up some Truvia for me and was pretty bummed when I saw that it contained xylitol, which can cause gas and bloating even for people who don’t have FM.  It turns out that most stevia products are mixed with xylitol, but I found one on Amazon that is pure stevia.

I ordered some and when I opened up the package I was pretty disappointed that I had spent $13 plus shipping for so little (yes, the order said it was only 100g but I was too busy hitting the “purchase” button to see that), but as I poured it into my nifty air-tight jar, I could taste the very fine particles that were lifted into the air, and even just that little taste was VERY sweet.  A little will go a long way.

The website says that 17mg of stevia is equal to 4.2g of table sugar, but since it’s so much finer than any other sugar, it’s kind of hard to make a straight recipe conversion.  It will be a trial-and-error process.

So far I haven’t experienced any symptoms.  I’m really glad to have another sugar option since dextrose seems to muck up certain recipes that call for table sugar.

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