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Sweet-n-Low vs. Sugar


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I tried an experiment this morning with my coffee...which is a must have for me. I usually use 2 sugars in each cup, which is 139 calories and 36 carbs. This morning i used 3 Sweet-n-Low packets instead of the sugar. It cut my calories down to 0 with 3 carbs. It definatly tasted different but for that many calories, i may be able to get used to it. I always hear bad things about artificial sweetners...any thoughts? Is it worth it?
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RUTHXG 10/9/2007 2:55PM

    I know the South Beach Diet guy says that Splenda is preferable to other artificial sweeteners because it is a sugar product (sugar cane maybe?) & thus more "natural."

Then there is the research suggesting that people who use a lot of artificially sweetened drinks tend to be heavier than those who don't. As I recall, researchers speculated that artificial sweeteners confuse your system & you end up craving more food. I'm going to check quickly & see if the SP site has any articles about this.

This one is available on the Web & basically says sweeteners are OK for most people in moderation:
http://www.health.ha
rvard.edu/healthbeat/HEALTHbeat
_033005.htm#art1

Here's a very short SP article that says the same thing:
http://www.sparkpeople.co
m/resource/nutrition_articles.a
sp?id=289

Note that those are both addressing issues of basic health, not taking up the long-term question whether artificial sweeteners actually help people lose weight.

It's an interesting topic--I still don't know what I think. :-)

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/9/2007 12:52PM

    Well if it is bad for me then I am screwed because all I use is artificial sweetner--nutrasweet, sweet and low, splenda--you name it I use it--LOL. Seriously though, I think it is like anything else--in moderation it is fine.

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