I think it's cheating, but more importantly I think it can really be quite bad for you to eat a lot of sugar substitutes because you're replacing too much of a bad thing for another 'equal'-ly (hah hah) bad thing. I've opted to try to eat neither regular sugar nor substitutes a lot. Both in moderation works fine for me.
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Honestly, I think it's cheating. The point is to cut out sugar, not substitute it. This may sound harsh but is it really helping you tame your sweet tooth to swap out sugar with an artifical, lab made sweetner? You are still having sweet stuff and adding the sweet taste to your food so all you did is ammend your habit and not get rid of it.
But, I say this because I am trying to personally eat cleaner. I don't beleive that all of this processed, lab made "food" is good for us but that eating whole foods will help your body run better. I would rather eat a cookie made with real butter and sugar than have a reduced-fat or sugar-free one with ingredients I can't even pronounce!
If using sweeteners are helping you kick your sugar habit then by all means use them. But I think it is best to also wean yourself off of them once you are comfortable with really taking sugar out of your life.
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I use sweetner but only in my coffee. I use to drown my strawberries, etc in sugar, now I like them without sugar. I started drinking unsweetened tea, and that really helped me get used to the taste of unsweetened foods, which I like now.
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Fitness Minutes: (1,083) Posts: 32 5/28/12 6:29 P
Thanks for the advice and question everyone. I too have a bad sweet tooth the easiset 5 lbs I lost was due to my doctor telling me to switch to equal or sweet n lo rather than sugar since they have 0 calories and sugar has 15 calories a teaspoon.. I never knew though that use of those may be helping to trigger me wanting more sweets yikes!!
I think for me Im going to start cutting down on my use of equal thanks eveyrone
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I use an AS also, but only in my coffee, I usually only have 1 coffee a day in the mornings (once to twice a week I'll have a second cup), and I use one packet, although I would like to cut down to a half packet
I find i'm doing ok with it right now, If that changes and it begins to trigger sugar cravings, then I will do what is necessary to stop my sugar cravings... different things work for different people
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I find artificial sweeteners help me to tame my sweet tooth but I am early on in the process of reducing my sugar intake. I try not to eat any real sugar before dinner. On the days I make oatmeal with Splenda in the morning and avoid sugar at lunch, I have less of a problem eating sugar in the mid-afternoon when I generally crave it most. I'm not sure everyone finds splenda as helpful as I do and I don't want to use it long-term since I know it is not that healthy.
I don't think it is good to assume that artificial sweeteners don't trigger a sweet tooth. There is a lot of evidence that suggests they increase cravings and make you want things that are sweeter. For example, a plain banana might not sound like a sweet treat to someone who uses AS, but for someone who avoids those, a banana will taste very sweet and satisfying.
It was really hard for me to realize I couldn't use AS anymore if I really wanted to beat my sweet tooth, but once I started avoiding items that required or had AS or sugar, when I was ready to have something with added sugar in it, my tastes had changed, and was wasn't sweet enough before was too sweet now.
I use stevia and find that I use so much less as time goes on to sweeten things. I also use agave as it has a low glycemic index and my MIL is diabetic so this allows me the opportunity to make something healthier we can all enjoy on the special holidays. I will sometimes use artificial sweeteners if I cannot get either one of these options. Best wishes as the challenge continues
from what i have read/heard stevia is from a plant. so it should be ok. i really lost my sweet tooth when i gave up the artificial sweeteners. and boy am i happy!!!!!!! i use real sugar in my coffee and i don't drink a lot. however, i still stay away from treats. and i ask my friends to help by not bringing them when we get together a few times a month. some ppl said i was rude. but if they are real friends, they will back you! good luck!
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Assuming they don't trigger a sweet tooth, and ignoring the fact that they could be bad for you, is using artificial sweeteners helpful or unhelpful when trying to tame the tooth? And is stevia considered an artifical sweetener?
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