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OMEGA3DAVE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/11 7:37 A

all i can reiterate is that i have layed off saccharin best part of this week, and my hunger pains have gone

PANDAS10 SparkPoints: (16,949)
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5/6/11 3:58 P

Since I've cut back the diet pop I drink by about 90% (I used to live off this stuff, didn't drink anything else), and I don't use sweet'n low on my cereal (I have cereal 3 mornings/week), I have noticed a change.
It's not that artificial sweetener made me feel hungrier, its that I could drink 3 glasses of pop with a huge meal and not feel any sense of fullness.
Since I stopped drinking so much pop, I don't snack as much. I feel full when I eat a small amount of food (and it doesn't matter if I drink water with my meal).

So, I think there is something there between appetite and sweeteners, but maybe not to the degree that people imagine it is or that they think of it in terms of being hungrier - when it may actually just prevent a feeling of fullness (not cause a feeling of hunger).

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
5/6/11 3:51 P

I will never ever put splenda, equal or sweet & low in my body again. these are the most toxic man made products and do more harm than good. I am into Stevia and natural sweetners like Grade B syrup, honey and fruit.

OMEGA3DAVE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/6/11 2:42 P

another report,

am feeling so much better for having honey intstead

SONI51 Posts: 491
5/6/11 1:53 P

I like splenda, but I am trying to make the switch to Truvia.

HONEYBEEBUZ SparkPoints: (380)
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5/6/11 12:54 P

I eat a lot of it I guess. I try and mix it up however I have like 4 packs of equal, 4 splenda and 4 packs of truvia... that way I do not get to much of one kind a day.

OMEGA3DAVE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/6/11 7:21 A

well, i definitely have less hunger pains, appetite, by not having sweetener over past few days,

KEEPITMOVIN_H2O SparkPoints: (0)
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5/5/11 10:10 P

I've never cut myself off of artificial sweetener to see if it makes any difference - I'm curious about that though. I like sweet things in general so I feel like it's safer if I avoid real sugar, but maybe I'll test it out one of these days.

BLUEPLATE Posts: 655
5/5/11 12:54 P

I've never had a problem, but I don't use a lot of it. When I drink soda (maybe once a week or less), I'll have a Diet Coke or Pepsi, and I use one packet of Splenda in my morning coffee.

TARHEEL2010 Posts: 14
5/5/11 12:50 P

I have been drinking diet coke for years. I had a regular pepsi yesterday and I wasn't hungry the rest of the afternoon. I was surprised but is does seem to make a difference. Have been using Splenda in my coffee and tea but I am thinking about going back to sugar.

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5/5/11 12:29 P

well, today i have had 1x tsp of honey in my green tea.

appetite and hunger pains have been reduced,

will continue to monitor

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5/4/11 12:23 P

this is an excerpt from web article :

The latest research was done in the Netherlands, and compared brain activity in satiety (fullness) and appetite (eating) centers. Subjects consumed orangeade that was sweetened with either sugar or artificial sweeteners. Brain scans, using MRI, were conducted while subjects consumed the drinks, and activity in areas that control satiety, taste and reward were measured. The sugar-sweetened drink turned up satiety (fullness) and turned down pleasure-reward signals. Meaning: consuming a sugar-sweetened beverage told the brain to turn down appetite and stop eating. Meanwhile the artificially sweetened drinks failed to activate satiety, while continuing to stimulate the appetite/pleasure centers.
As the study author noted,
A possible explanation … is that the sucrose-containing orangeade is rewarding due to its caloric content while the non-caloric drink is sweet but not metabolically rewarding
Meaning: when you consume actual calories, your brain senses calories, and sends signals to stop eating. If, as these results suggest, artificially sweetened foods fail to stimulate satiety signals and instead keep stimulating appetite signals, then your brain tells you to keep right on eating. It’s just diet soda pop, so no big deal, right? But what if you start bingeing on other high calorie foods along with the diet foods? According to the study authors, more research is needed to clarify this potential effect. They note that, in rats, sweet taste from artificial sweeteners makes the rats eat more.

i am now having honey in my green tea, will see if hunger reduces over next few days.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
5/4/11 11:33 A

Personally eating anything with artificial sweetener makes me ravenous.

Even the so called natural no calorie sweeteners do this to me. They are just not satisfying.

I have found that the only thing I can do that works is eat real sugar in moderation.

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
5/4/11 9:17 A

I am interested to find out too..

PRINCIPESSA2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/4/11 9:10 A

I've never had an issue with artificial sweeteners making me more hungry, but I refuse to use them anymore because I've started to eliminate many processed foods from my diet. I don't like the idea of putting chemicals into my body. I usually use Stevia to sweeten my tea and such. Tastes much better weird aftertaste.

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5/4/11 9:04 A


Okay there is TONS of articles out there somewhere that say it's unhealthy, bad but there are also many positive articles as well.

I don't know who to believe most the time because sometimes it depends on the person themselves - Everyone is different.

I have in the past tried sweetener but to be honest I can't stand the taste of most of them. It didn't make me have an increased appetite.

Personally, I stick to sugar but decrease the amount I consume or I swap to half-spoon, which is half sweetener and half sugar, so you get the less calorie per spoonful but the same great taste of normal sugar.

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5/4/11 9:03 A

I've never noticed it in the slightest.

Some people MAY be sensative, but I think the only way to know is to test yourself.

OMEGA3DAVE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/4/11 8:28 A

Hi all

has anyone had issues with artificial sweetener and hunger/appetite ?

I have seen a few articles/posts on web that back up claims that they can increase appetite ?


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