( i have one quick question, im not vegan, but why is sugar considered off limits, i know its bad for your health)
Stevia is a leaf from south america that has been used as a sweetener for years and is also used to sweeten sodas in Japan. It cannot be sold as a sweetener in the US and I think the UK( I am not sure where you are) but you can get it online and in health food stores as a supplement.
I would not use artificial sweeteners even if they were vegan, I dont believe they are healthy and I get cramps after eating even a little splenda.
I have tried Stevia also. I prefer the liquid form opposed to the powder because it leaves less of an after taste. I'm not sure why, but Stevia does leave a strange after taste. It's very concentrated so be careful if you use it. I like it better than sugar though.
Agave nectar is good (it's like honey) but loaded with calories.
A little off topic, but waifdreams, I've heard the same thing about filtered water and bone char. I'm not an ethical vegan so it doesn't matter to me, just thought I'd mention it.
However, artificial sweeteners are tested on animals. I read about how Splenda (i believe it was them but all of them do it) tested on dogs. :(
Just wanted to point out that lots of cute beagles died testing Splenda (link 1, link 2, link 3 [GRAPHIC]). So, if you're a vegan for the sake of the animals, it's counter productive to support sucralose.
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.