Ideal Sweetener Informative - Not so "Ideal" for sweetening cold drinks
CARMEL, INDIANA -- I decided to try Ideal Sweetener after receiving two free four-packet samples and two $1 off coupons. The supermarket I go to had 50-count packets of Ideal on sale for $1.99, with my coupon, it came to 99 cents.
I liked the taste of Ideal; it tasted a lot like sugar. However, using it for sweetening Kool-Aid has caused minor stomach cramping and loose stools, since Ideal Sweetener's main ingredient is Xylitol, which is used for sweetening sugarless gums and candies. Ideal also contains maltodextrin and sucralose (the same sweetener as Splenda.) I make a gallon of "light" Kool-Aid daily, using 1 packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid and ten packets of sweetener. I usually use Equal (aspartame) or Splenda, or the store brand equivalents. Using Ideal does make the Kool-Aid taste a lot like it's sugar sweetened, but drinking a gallon of it a day, sweetened with Ideal, has made my stomach cramp, and causing me to make more frequent trips to the bathroom.
Ideal Sweetener is fine for baking (in which aspartame and sucralose are poor for), or for sweetening an occasional cup of hot coffee or tea, but I wouldn't recommend it for sweetening cold drinks by the pitcher, such as iced tea, Kool-Aid, or lemonade.