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Battle of the Sugar Free Chocolate Bars

Chocolate vs. Russell Stover No Sugar Added Fine Chocolaty Candy Bar – Dark Chocolate Candy

The holiday sweets may be long gone, but your sugar cravings may be more present than ever. Enter dark chocolate. The sweet superfood can appease your yearning for sugar and provide some antioxidants too. But beware of sugar-free or no sugar added chocolate bars. They may contain an ingredient that could leave you feeling, let’s just say, empty inside. Russell Stover No Sugar Added chocolate bars are sweetened with the sugar alcohol maltitol and come with the warning, “Excessive consumption may cause a laxative effect.” Worse, they contain the artificial sweetener, sucralose.


Savvy Alerts:

Maltitol (sugar alcohol)

Sucralose (artificial sweetener)

Artificial flavour



Also known as Splenda, sucralose has been shown to cause numerous adverse health effects, including destroying healthy gut bacteria, affecting insulin response, and breaking down to produce dangerous dioxins. More recently, researchers have found that mice were more likely to develop leukemia and other blood-related cancers after they were given varying amounts of sucralose. The more Splenda the mice consumed, the higher their risk of malignant cancer.


Savvy Pick:

Sadly, many chocolate bars labelled “no sugar added” contain at least one risky artificial sweetener. While many safe sweeteners now exist, monk fruit is one of the best. The fruit extract is more than 150 times sweeter than sugar and has zero calories. Lakanto Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars are sweetened with monk fruit and have up to 50% fewer calories than most other chocolate bars! Plus, they are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. It’s a sweet indulgence that will satisfy your sweet tooth without affecting your waistline.


Randy Boyer & Andrea Donsky are the founders of The Healthy Shopper. To find coupons for natural & organic products visit