Hi all, there's a new sugar replacer on the block: Z sweet. It's ridiculously expensive ($10-15 for a canister or bag), but from what I've sampled, it looks, tastes, smells like sugar. Apparently made from fruit bits. I've only had it raw, but a review on Amazon says the flavor dissapears when milk is added (not a problem for me!). Has anyone else had any experiences with it? Baking? Laurabs? MDvegan? Just curious... ::)
I tried it and didn't think that it was nearly as sweet as sugar, so I wonder how it would do in large quantities (like for baking). Where you just use a small amount of sweetener like in coffee, I wonder if regular old sugar or turbinado (only 15 calories for a teaspoon!) or agave nectar ($$ but manageable for the small amounts) would be easier options.
If you're diabetic, it would probably be a good option since it appears to be vegan and a much healthier and more natural option than Sp1enda and whatnot. But I think for the rest of us trying to keep a hold on calories and a more natural diet, there are other fine options. Me personally, I like to replace some of the oil in baking with applesauce, whose sweetness allows me to cut down quite a lot on sugar. In chocolatey stuff, I replace some of the cocoa with carob because it contains some natural sugars, so again you can cut back on sugar in the recipe.
I love it! I use it in everything. (Well, the only thing I use sugar for around here is raw sugar to sprinkle atop a cobbler or for my mom's coffee.)
I find that zsweet has a slightly cooling taste if it is used plain - i.e. on cereal, strawberries, etc. In baking, hot tea, etc., it is fine. You can also buy straight erythitol from Now foods for a lot less money (IT IS THE SAME THING!!!).
Now Foods also sells xylitol, which I do occasionally mix with zsweet, but IN SMALL QUANTITIES because 1) it can cause GI problems if you consume too much and 2) it doesn't melt during baking (doesn't act like a liquid.)
If you want to reduce your sugar intake, I'd just use a 50/50 mix of zsweet and raw sugar or sucanat.
I just purchased a box of this and it's ok. Even though it's sugar free it has carbs unlike other sugar-free sweeteners but it's definitely not as sweet as regular sugar. Putting one little packet of sugar usually works for me with coffee but using Z Sweet I need 2 to 3 packs. Maybe it's just me though.....
I splurged and bought some a few months back. I'm not crazy about it after trying it in baked goods. I prefer agave nectar for smoothies too.
I've never seem Z sweet before... hmm.