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Alternative to sugar in coffee

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DelphiniumBlue Sun 17-Apr-16 13:42:38

Am trying to lose weight, and realise that I need to cut out the sugar in my coffee. I don't take sugar in tea, and can easily forgo chocolate, biscuits etc, but I really like my coffee to taste sweet.
Can anyone recommend alternatives? My mum used to use Hermesetas but I didn't like the taste- was wondering if anyone can suggest anything else?

NNalreadyinuse Sun 17-Apr-16 13:44:49

I used halfspoon - it is a mix of sugar and sweetener. It is twice as sweet as sugar so you use half as much. It is helping me to cut down.

capsium Sun 17-Apr-16 13:47:12

Do you like cream? It alters the way you taste a bitter food so you might not feel there is as much need for sweetening.

Eminybob Sun 17-Apr-16 14:03:58

Hermasetas bloody hell that takes me back, my brother and I used to dare each other to eat them on their own. So minging.

Anyway, I use candarel, the powdered stuff as it is close enough that I don't notice the difference.

Nibbl3s Sun 17-Apr-16 14:04:41

Stevia? Not ideal but it's an alternative.

Herewegoagainfolks Sun 17-Apr-16 14:06:35

Just go cold turkey. It takes about 3 weeks and then sweet coffee tastes 'wrong'

DelphiniumBlue Sun 17-Apr-16 17:28:12

Thanks folks.
Capsium, I love cream, but that' ll lead to more bad habits ( and calories), am trying to cut out unnecessary calories.
Can't quite bring myself to go cold turkey yet, so will try canderel I think. Has anyone actually tasted Stevia?

MsRinky Mon 18-Apr-16 14:34:48

I know you know you'd be best off training yourself to like it without sugar, but you could try sugar-free flavoured coffee syrups. They usually use Splenda. I have a caramel or gingerbread one when I premenstrual and crave something sweet, even though I drink my coffee black and sugarless most of the time.

DelphiniumBlue Mon 18-Apr-16 22:54:34

Good idea Rinky, I'll try that!

capsium Tue 19-Apr-16 13:01:35

Delph ah, have you ever tried low carbing? I have lost weight whilst still having high fat produce including cream. Many people gave had success doing this (there are threads on here). You don't need to really count calories, with this way of eating and appetite is reduced, in mine, and other's experience.

It is quite easy to replace starchy carbs with vegetables that are low in carbs: grated cauliflower for rice, spiralised courgette for spaghetti / noodles, puréed cauliflower for mashed potato are some good examples.

WhoisLucasHood Tue 19-Apr-16 15:34:26

How much sugar do you have? I've weaned myself down to half a spoon, couldn't go cold turkey.

DelphiniumBlue Tue 19-Apr-16 18:18:06

Am reducing carbs anyway, particularly bread and pasta, but feel 4 cups of coffee a day with a teaspoonful of sugar each time isn't helping. Am drinking green or peppermint tea the rest of the time. I very rarely finish a glass of water. I don't eat puddings normally, don't binge on biscuits or chocolate, and have stopped drinking alcohol except for occasional social dos at the weekend.
I do like sweet coffee though, also cheese and butter!

TwoLittleBlooms Fri 22-Apr-16 12:22:18

I was drinking coffee with two (very heaped!) teaspoons of sugar and semi skimmed milk until a few weeks ago. I have switched my milk to vanilla soya (this week trying vanilla almond) the milk has less calories than normal milk and the vanilla flavouring removes the need for sugar. I have had to reduce my coffee as well though as it just seemed so much stronger without the sugar.

rattata Sun 24-Apr-16 20:17:49

I heat up my usual milk - it seems to make the coffee sweeter when the milk is hot

thenewaveragebear1983 Sun 24-Apr-16 20:24:00

I've switched to stevia since going sugar free, personally I think it tastes fine but then I have strong coffee; have heard a few people saying it is horrible. I find aspartame based/ slenda sweetness really rank. I only have one now whereas I used to have two, so may switch to granulated so I can cut down to half and eventually phase out completely.

MissBeaHaving Sun 24-Apr-16 22:11:49

I've found xylitol a good sugar substitute in coffee,I also have double cream.

DubbyDubDub Mon 25-Apr-16 20:31:34

A sprinkle of cinnamon powder is fab.

I don't take sugar in anything but am doing the 5:2 thing and really, black coffee is not for me! But when I put a little cinnamon in it, OMG.

It may not work for you, but worth a try, and relatively calorie free too..

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