Monday, July 15, 2013
I read the diet soda article Sparkpeople suggested. It was on the NPR site. It was interesting and pretty much what I expected...diet sodas do not help you lose weight. But, what DID suprise me were the comments left by readers. The majority of them stated that basically there was no such thing as "natural", everything was a "chemical", there were no studies done showing that artificial sweetners were dangerous or caused illness, etc. That's what really surprised me. And heaven forbid some poor soul wrote about wanting to only eat natural foods and therefore not eat chemical sweetners. They were blasted by the "scientists" in the group who cited all kinds of things, including "parts per milliliter" and temperatures that kept the chemical from turning to "formaldehyde". Ummm...
I have been known to swig a Diet Rite during my weight loss journey. Now, I am not a scientist...did horribly in that class in school. However, personal experience is as follows whether it makes sense or not: Aspertame gives me a horrendous headache...I used to have headaches that made me feel like someone was pushing my head down when I tried to stand. It took awhile to figure out it was aspertame...I quit many years ago. Saccharine...gross, would never eat it anyway. I am now learning that Sucrolose (Splenda) makes me constipated, maybe. I noticed that after drinking Diet Rite cola, I was constipated (sorry if this is TMI).
The jury is still out on Stevia and Monkfruit. I wouldn't use Agave...I don't understand the purpose. These are more natural. But, I want to do more investigation to see how Stevia becomes a sweetner...a little powder in a packet. I have a Stevia plant outside and I have been known to chomp on a leaf or two...VERY sweet. I might just stick that in my smoothie.
I have a major sweet tooth. Most of my problem is that I need to defeat this addiction. But, stevia does help in the mean time...so do grapes!!!!!
Maybe I should just focus on having a sweet life instead of sweet food!! Oh, and I know that a little sugar is probably fine.