My dietitian is REALLY against artificial sweeteners like Splenda and such but she isn't against Stevia!
Stevia is a natural sweetner - fairly new to the market - and still being researched... I will pass on this website which give information on both sides - the good and the bad (which isn't much)... http://www.steviasideeffects .org/
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If you are like me, you prefer to use real cane sugar instead of substitutes like chemical alternatives, processed products like splenda or stevia. To keep that sweet taste but cut down on the amount of sugar, I add a little cinnamon or citrus juice along with my sugar. Try your favorite sweet spices to find you favorite; clove, anise, liquorish root and cinnamon can all add to sweetness without all the empty calories.
When you reach for a snack try protein instead of sugar laden snacks. Oscar Mayer Mesquite Turkey SLices are good...6 slices at 45 calories, or a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese or Fage 0% Greek Yogurt. When we eat proteins in our diet, the stomach secretes digestive acids that begin the process of breaking down the chemicals. Protein stablizes blood sugar.
Beans and nuts are a good source of protein as well as a chicken leg without the skin which is only anout 84 calories.
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