Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Sugar Substitutes: How Sweet It’s Not

Just last week I was having a conversation about the advantages and disadvantages of aspartame and Spenda enhanced products.

She was in favor while I was against.

From my own experience, I gain more weight when I eat fat-free and diet products. The mentality is that since I’m eating fat-free or diet products, I probably over eat because I have a false sense of reality and also am not satisfied when eating fake food.

Think about it — one teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories. Try mixing 1 tsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle over an apple for a tasty dessert or snack. Or sprinkle 1/2 tsp sugar over a half grapefruit.

I remember when diet Snack Well cookies came on the market. People flocked to them. I did not because too me they were overly sweet and had a chemical aftertaste. People gobbled them up. They still had plenty of calories when consumed in quantity.

In a recent study, lab rats who ate saccharin laced goodies gained more weight than people who ate sugar based foods.

  1. The one argument you can always summon up for processed, manufactured foods and the synthetic chemicals they contain is that they have not been around as long as, say, an apple.

    After all these centuries, it is probably a pretty safe guess that an apple does, in fact, do the body good. But the synthetic stuff? Some of it isn’t even a generation old. Who knows what long-term effects there are on us, our children, our homes.

    I’ll stick with the apple any day.


  2. Aspartame is not a chemical you want to mess with. My neurologist made me quit consuming anything with aspartame, because it often causes symptoms similar to Multiple Sclerosis, and studies are being done to see what contributions it makes to dementia.

    I wrote about the effects of aspartame on adults and children on my site, and provided a link to 50 articles on the subject.


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