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Cutting the artificial sweeteners

Sunday, February 12, 2012

After reading a lot about artificial sweeteners, I have decided to cut them from my diet. I rarely drink diet soda, but my protein powder contains Splenda, and I occasionally ate sugar-free fruit candy, erroneously thinking it would be slightly better for me than regular candy.

Apparently, many studies suggest that artificial sweeteners lead to insulin resistance--something I am all too familiar with.

These non-nutritive sweeteners may raise your insulin as much (or more) than normal sugar..... after this spike, however, your insulin (which normally pushes the sugar in your blood to your cells for energy) has nothing to work on because you did not consume any carbs... so the theory is that your body gets used to having this elevated insulin level, which also raises hunger, because the insulin needs something to process, which can make you overeat.

Then, next time you actually eat carbs, your insulin works less efficiently. It's sort of like 'The Boy who Cried Wolf, ' except your insulin is calling, "sugar!" when there is none, and then when there actually IS sugar(i.e. glucose from digesting carbs), it doesn't deal with it as well: "Hey, last time you said there was sugar, there was none! You crazy insulin--talk to the face, cause the body ain't listenin'!"

Ok well, that last part is just my interpretation of the situation--if your body and your insulin were people (specifically, sassy black women).

P.S. It might be worth noting that a dietician at my gym said that if you cannot avoid artificial sweeteners, you should eat them with some sort of carb (like fruit), so that the insulin has something to work on instead of just hanging out in the bloodstream.
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  • MOMTO2GR8KIDDOS
    I having been using Stevia which is naturally occurring. I love the Vitamin Water Zero because its in there and tastes pretty good. My fav flavor is the lemonade!
    3140 days ago
  • RACH_LVSLIFE
    My clean eating group had talked about this recently. The general consensus is that stevia is the best option if necessary to add anything.

    I am not a fan of processed foods. I know it's not possible to avoid them completely but I'm glad that you are cutting them out. Good idea!
    3141 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I've just banished the last of artificial sweeetners from my life, too. Good job!
    3142 days ago
  • BABBINA
    I always thought artificial man made sweeteners tasted funny lol thankfully, I didn't really have much fo a sweettooth, otherwise, I would've probably been like 500-600 lbs and severely diabetc perhaps. Your taste bus will normalize once u cut down on the sweeteners. And hey, I didn't like that sassy black women comment lol emoticon
    3142 days ago
  • SUNFLOWERSAVAGE
    As usual your blog is very informative. I mostly stopped using artificial sweeteners a few years ago. I still have a diet soda about once a week, but I am going to try to cut that down too. I can't use Splenda at all...my bowels don't like it at all. Sorry about the TMI :)
    3142 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11305407
    This is a very insightful and entertaining blog. I used to use splenda but now I try to stick to raw organic sugar. It still has calories/carbs but at least its not made in a lab somewhere.
    3142 days ago
  • FLAMENM
    Thanks for sharing.

    I think artificial sweeters are also too sweet. I think they reset your taste buds for too much sweet...
    3142 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Good advice! emoticon
    3142 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I killed my artificials a while ago and have found great organic substitutes. Search SparkPeople for articles on them. Good job and thanks for sharing!
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    3142 days ago
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