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(Boston Globe)   Bitter battle begins between Splenda and Equal, who wants $176M of Splenda's money because they advertised too well. Your coffee wants stevia   (boston.com) divider line 203
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2007-04-09 05:36:21 PM
Maybe I'm using it wrong, but Stevia is incredibly f*cking bitter.
 
2007-04-09 05:52:55 PM
Screw Equal. I use NutraTaste (tm). Tastes the same to me, it's all aspartame.
 
2007-04-09 06:00:52 PM
Splenda rocks.

/insert obligatory, "but aspartame causes cancer" and the obligatory, "if a human drinks 50,000 Tabs per day" posts here
 
2007-04-09 06:11:13 PM
Equal got pwned by Splenda. All's fair in the free market!
 
2007-04-09 06:19:47 PM
I love Splenda - not a fan of equal/sweet n' low.
 
2007-04-09 06:29:14 PM
aspart0wned!
 
2007-04-09 06:30:17 PM
My coffee wants nothing but hot water thankyouverymuch.

It's naturally sweet - just give your palate a chance to appreciate it.
 
2007-04-09 06:30:38 PM
I just use real farking sugar
 
2007-04-09 06:31:14 PM
Give me that sweet sweet cane sugar ...none of that synthetic bs or corn sugar crap they put in the soft drinks!
 
2007-04-09 06:31:54 PM
Where the fark did all these 'Wah, we'll sue you because you're beating us fair and square' lawsuits come from?

At what point did America lose so much integrity that we started allowing this kind of bullshiat barratry?

Goddamned lawyers! I hope you all burn in hell.
 
2007-04-09 06:32:15 PM
Spenda is doing better because it doesn't taste like ass, unlike Equal. It has little to do with it's advertising, it's simply a superior product.
 
2007-04-09 06:32:53 PM
Stevia blows, it tastes like bitter ass.

Equal is great, except it definitely has a breakdown date. I had the sorry misfortune of having old aspartame-driven Diet Coke the last time I visited my Dad, and it was truly evil tasting.

Splenda is teh roxorz. Eat it, Equal!
 
2007-04-09 06:33:21 PM
I am diabetic & Splenda is lifesaver!!!!
 
2007-04-09 06:33:33 PM
Where the fark did all these 'Wah, we'll sue you because you're beating us fair and square' lawsuits come from?

At what point did America lose so much integrity that we started allowing this kind of bullshiat barratry?

Goddamned lawyers! I hope you all burn in hell.


Way to read the article, champ!
 
2007-04-09 06:33:38 PM
Splenda in iced tea is delicious. Better than actual sugar, I think.
 
2007-04-09 06:34:44 PM
So it begins.....

Blue versus Yellow

(Sharpens sword)
 
2007-04-09 06:34:52 PM
geosprint: Give me that sweet sweet cane sugar ...none of that synthetic bs or corn sugar crap they put in the soft drinks!

Call me conditioned, but I've had cane sugar Coke and regular corn syrup Coke.

I like the latter better. Cane sugar Coke tastes like a less sweet Pepsi.
 
2007-04-09 06:35:18 PM
Fark sweeteners, gimme starch!

/and hoppy beers
 
2007-04-09 06:35:41 PM
Sry, equal... I hate the metallic flavor of aspertame... splenda is just better.

/PS: as with other food additives, I don't know how splenda is made, and that's probably for the best... if I knew how everything was made, I'd die of starvation.
 
2007-04-09 06:36:05 PM
Plain old C & H cane sugar for me in my tea & baking.
 
2007-04-09 06:36:54 PM
Your dog drinks Postum.
 
2007-04-09 06:38:52 PM
what ever happened to real sugar?

/died with the slave trade?
 
2007-04-09 06:39:11 PM
They both taste like shiat.
 
2007-04-09 06:39:13 PM
Value this time in your life, kids. 'Cause this is the time in your life when you still have your choices. It goes by so fast. When you're a teenager, you think you can do anything and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Thirties. You raise your family. You make a little money. And you think to yourself, "What happened to my twenties?" Forties. You grow a little pot belly. You grow another chin. The
music starts to get too loud. One of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. Fifties. You have a minor surgery. You call it a "procedure." But it's a surgery. Sixties. You'll have a major surgery. The music is still loud, but it doesn't matter, because you can't hear it anyway. Seventies. You and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale. Start eating dinner at two o'clock in the afternoon. Get lunch around ten. Breakfast, the night before. Spend most of your time wandering around grocery stores looking for the ultimate bag of sugar and muttering, "How come the kids don't call? How come the kids don't call?" The eighties. You'll have a major stroke. You end up babbling to some Jamaican nurse who your wife can't stand but you call "Mama." Any questions?
 
2007-04-09 06:39:25 PM
The people who make Splenda had to wait until just before their patent expired to get FDA approval to sell their product. They ended up getting a little over a year of exclusivity on the market.

The product itself can now be made by everyone. Most people think it's vastly superior to aspertaine/equal/whatever. The question is, why have other manufacturers switched over?

Have to agree with those who say this suit is Equal crying over getting their ass kicked by a superior product.
 
2007-04-09 06:39:26 PM
Anything beats Sweet-n-Low pink barf.

/or Sucaryl & Saccharine
 
2007-04-09 06:40:15 PM
Hell yes, Stevia. Most of the kinds are pretty damn bitter, especially if you try some straight. Gotta have it in tea, coffee, substitute for sweetener in homemade shakes, etc. I've found Trader Joe's sells good stevia.

/$.02
 
2007-04-09 06:40:33 PM
Er, that should read "Why have other manufacturers NOT switched over?"
 
2007-04-09 06:41:17 PM
ricardobaltazar

The lawsuit is over the semantics of whether or not Splenda can be marketed as 'made from sugar' when sucrose is destroyed in the process that makes sucralose from sugar. They pretend to be protecting the public interest, but they're protecting their own pocketbook.

Equal is suing because Splenda is taking their market fairly and squarely. It's a bullshiat lawsuit that's about market share rather than any kind of legality or consumer protection.

It's barratry, and the lawyers involved should be drawn and quartered.
 
2007-04-09 06:44:10 PM
ricardobaltazar/innereardistortion:

Don't blame the lawyers, blame the companies who hire the lawyers.
 
2007-04-09 06:44:23 PM
You completely stop tasting aspartame's nasty aftertaste after about a month of drinking diet soda. I started drinking diet coke and was all like "Eeew, how do people drink this?!", but a while later I couldn't tell the difference between diet coke and regular coke. Really, I've tasted both side by side and can't tell anymore. So it's actually not paradoxical for people to go into Burger King and get a BK stacker, king sized fries, and a diet soda.

Now, whether or not losing the ability to tell the difference in taste between diet soda and regular soda is a good thing or a bad thing is left up to the interpretation of the reader. I firmly believe that no matter how many people try to link to aspartame to formaldehyde etc, there's no way aspartame could be worse for you than 400 calories of regular soda getting dumped on the pancreas.

Sucralose does beat aspartame in many uses, but I still prefer diet soda with aspartame more.
 
2007-04-09 06:46:02 PM
innereardistortion
Goddamned lawyers! I hope you all burn in hell.


They will be sent to Heck, where they will be tossed in a lake of Pyra(tm) -- "Made from fire so it burns like fire."
 
2007-04-09 06:46:35 PM
I automatically assume all food additives from the last thirty years are combination a teratogen/carcinogen regardless of FDA testing.
 
2007-04-09 06:46:40 PM
Real sugar FTW.

A tsp is only 15 calories people. Why would you put a chemical powder in your body versus the real stuff?
 
2007-04-09 06:47:32 PM
Splenda, Equal, Sweet 'n Low. Fark em, they're just more chemicals.
Real sugar may not be the healthiest thing, but I'd rather use that than some fake shiate.

/I like my coffee like I like my women, hot, dark and first thing in the morning.
 
2007-04-09 06:48:24 PM
gimme some sweet sweet xylitol
 
2007-04-09 06:49:06 PM
www.christianlesbians.com
 
2007-04-09 06:49:25 PM
I've never tasted Splenda in pure form, but I was never impressed with soft drinks that contain the stuff. They taste like a 50/50 mix of diet and regular. So it's an improvement, but it still doesn't taste the same as the real stuff.

I think this lawsuit is BS. Equal is grasping at straws because they failed to innovate and someone beat them at their own game. Tough shiat.

That said, the "Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar" slogan is rather misleading. Being "made from" sugar doesn't necessarily mean the final product is anything remotely like sugar.

"Made from a chemical weapon and a volatile metal that explodes on contact with water, so it tastes like.....table salt."
 
2007-04-09 06:49:34 PM
Stevia is pretty good, you need to look for 80% or greater steviosides and 30% or greater Rebaudioside A.

Sweet lord but it's sweet. 2/3 of a teaspoon to the Gallon! and it still tastes pretty sweet.
 
2007-04-09 06:49:49 PM
No, subby - my coffee wants SUGAR. No artificial crap - just sugar.
 
2007-04-09 06:52:04 PM
LandOfChocolate: Real sugar FTW.

A tsp is only 15 calories people. Why would you put a chemical powder in your body versus the real stuff?


Umm, I dunno... perhaps diabetes?
 
2007-04-09 06:53:14 PM
Maybe I'm the weird outlier, but every time I have something with Splenda in it I crap like the Hoover Dam just burst. I avoid it unless I have a couple free hours to be sitting on the toilet.
 
2007-04-09 06:53:40 PM
Whatthefark: I like my coffee like I like my women, hot, dark and first thing in the morning.

I guess that beats black, bitter, and at room temperature.
 
2007-04-09 06:53:47 PM
Calm:

"I started drinking diet coke and was all like "Eeew, how do people drink this?!", but a while later I couldn't tell the difference between diet coke and regular coke. Really, I've tasted both side by side and can't tell anymore."

I drink both regular and sugar-free soda on a regular basis, and I cannot, for the life of me, understand how people cannot tell the difference. I like both kinds, mind you, but I will never mistake one for the other. Maybe I'm just sensitive to the taste of artificial sweetner.

Also, I cannot drink sugar-free soda while eating anything with sugar in it. Oh, the sulfur-tasting horrors that eminate therefrom. It's just awful. Anyone else like that?

Love Diet Pepsi, hate regular Pepsi
Love Coke, hate Diet Coke

I'm just strange, I guess.
 
2007-04-09 06:53:52 PM
Fark: made from real Farkers

/don't sue me!
 
2007-04-09 06:54:11 PM
Made from sugar, so it tastes like... CRAP?

bleh
 
2007-04-09 06:54:19 PM
pft! My coffee takes a shot of milk.

/not that soy junk, either
 
2007-04-09 06:55:10 PM
A tsp is only 15 calories people. Why would you put a chemical powder in your body versus the real stuff?

1) Sugar is a chemical. Duh.
2) Really, "natural" vs "artificial" is a false dichotomy, more related to marketing than any health issues whatsoever.
3) There's plenty of evidence that sugar negatively impacts health, even if you strip out it's contribution to ass-widening. There's relatively less evidence that fake sweeteners do, especially if you're looking for competent studies.


There are a few good reasons not to consume artificial sweeteners, but most of them have more to do with ecological and health issues caused by the waste of the factories that make the stuff.
 
2007-04-09 06:55:47 PM
MorePeasPlease: Umm, I dunno... perhaps diabetes?

There is no diabetes.

There is only:

i59.photobucket.com
 
2007-04-09 06:56:29 PM
Snarfangel

A punishment to fit the crime.



For those who are wondering, Sucralose is manufactured by adding chlorine to cane or beet sucrose in a chemical tank. It's then mixed with maltodextrin and dextrose (purely for bulk), both of which are distilled from corn syrup.


Personally, I can't stand it. I far prefer the taste of aspartame despite the company's actions. Also, drinks made with corn syrup are far too sweet and taste 'sticky' to me.
 
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