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Artificial sweetener myth

Posted by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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 As I mentioned in another post, I've read a few articles (that I'll cite when I can dig out the links) stating that things like NutraSweet will actually increase obesity and blood sugar issues.  I've had my share of diet drinks.  Years ago I remember being thrilled when Equal hit the shelves. 

A few years later I was having some major health problems.  My migraines were out of control occurring daily and nothing would treat them.  Not even narcotics in the ER.  I would black out and one episode was for two days.  I would pass out and, from what I was told, would have an almost seizure-type event while passed out.  Despite the exercise and stretching I was doing, I just couldn't drop weight.  I had every test and scan and nothing showed as being too out of the ordinary.  Finally, a doctor asked me how much Aspartame I was consuming.  He explained Aspartame was the chemical that's labeled as Equal.  I told him how much I loved the stuff because I didn't have to use sugar and it was terrific.  He told me to stop.  Suggested that if I had to have soda to drink regular, old soda.  Suggested that I make things like lemonade using honey if I was that adverse to sugar, things like that.

So I went home and put the Equal in the back of the pantry.  I couldn't bring myself to throw out my new best friend.  Within about a week I was feeling better.  I still had migraines but they were not only manageable, some I could totally get rid of with some simple, non-medicinal steps.  I had no more episodes of blacking out, no more passing out, almost everything went to normal.  In the end, I have some residual issues but nothing like what I was having when I was married to Equal.  The doctor felt that all of the issues were caused by an allergy/sensitivity to the chemical that developed over time.

Even nasty refined sugar is more healthy than these additives and artificial sweeteners.  My husband deals with blood sugar issues.  He was drinking diet Coke and would munch in the evenings on sugary sweets.  His munching was part habit and part cravings.  I convinced him to stop the diet drinks for 30 days, to drink less soda but make it regular, nasty soda - though we did do some sugar and cane sweetened as much as we could - and to see how he felt.  His cravings for sugar at night went down, his blood sugar dropped drastically, the cravings that he did start to have were for complex carbs versus sugar carbs.

Oddly enough, there is talk that Equal will be allowed to be labeled as "natural" in the near future.

by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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smurfy88
by Jessica on Jun. 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Ya I actually seen an interview on TV and they were saying that articifial sweetener is worse for you than just plain sugar and that diet soda is way worse for you than normal soda mostly because of the artifical sweetener in it.

JenBrooks76
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I have ALWAYS felt that if I have sugar, I want the real deal.

It was kind of funny, one evening we all ate out and my daughter picked out soda. When I asked her what it was, she replied coke or pepsi, something caffeinated...I was a bit irritated that she got that without me knowing, and she, seeing that irritation, replies with, "well mom at least its not diet!" LOL 

evwsquared
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I follow the Julia Child mantra of food.

"Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health."—Julia Child

As for some citations, look here and here.

Aha! I've used my powers for good!

 

e-doolittle
by Kelly on Jun. 14, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Another natural way to sweeten is either stevia plant or blue agave.

Sharpcat
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM

no artificial sweeteners in my house! regular old sugar, or raw sugar or honey is all we use.

MythicMMM
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 6:41 PM


Quoting e-doolittle:

Another natural way to sweeten is either stevia plant or blue agave.

It depends on your definition of "natural". Maple syrup and honey are natural sweeteners in my book. Agava has been shown to proccess in the liver unlike sugar. Stevia, agave and sugar cane are all refined sugars, so they act differently in the body than honey and maple syrup.

DestMasters
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 7:43 PM

 First, I LOVE Julia Child.

Second, I'm laughing and can't stop at you "using your powers for good". Why is my laughing a bad thing? Because I'm working and on the phone with a customer.

Quoting evwsquared:

I follow the Julia Child mantra of food.

"Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health."—Julia Child

As for some citations, look here and here.

Aha! I've used my powers for good!

 

 

MelissaKelley
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Want to hear something scary about artificial sweetners, diet soda's?  Watch this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXWTqlMTgpI&feature=PlayList&p=10AE1D60AB44C9C4&playnext_from=PL&index=28

catholicmamamia
by on Jun. 14, 2010 at 9:41 PM

My family will have nothing to do with artificial sweetener! We do natural sugar, honey, occasional processed sugar.. but never artificial sweetener! 

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olgabillman07
by on Jun. 15, 2010 at 7:27 AM

 Is truvia safe for me? I switched to those packet a long time ago after cutting out white sugar and splenda.

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