pretty sure that anything ending in -ol is an alcohol, and can cause massive gastrointestinal upset, especially in children. We stay away from all artificial sweeteners. Personally, I consider them to be poison, and avoid them like the plague. That's just me... Stevia is a natural product with a "0" glycemic index in small doses, but at higher doses, the glycemic index does go up, so like anything, you have to do your research. We like to use raw sugar, honey and agave nectar, and just count the carbs accordingly. As a rule, we don't do a lot of "sweet tooth" food... and when we do, it's in small amounts, or it's a special occasion. Ironically, my little sweetling was never given a lot of sugar, even before her diagnosis, so we didn't really feel a great need to reign in the sugar content.