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.