Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fake Sugar

Is it really that bad???

saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and stevia

Aww yes – they used to be my best friends. How else do you diet and get treats??

I have been making attempts to eat cleaner. I like to eat foods with few to no chemical, things that are natural. I eat tons of fruits and veggies, shop more in the natural foods sections, and read labels like they are textbooks. Yet their are still certain items I can’t give up.

Diet Coke – I just can’t give it up.

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Weight Watchers Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream

So the skinny…

  • These knock-off sugars are much cheaper for food companies to use than natural sweeteners. Which is why these chemical substitutes are showing up in non ‘diet’ products more and more. (Wikipedia)
  • Aspartame is currently the most popular artificial sweetener in the U.S. food industry, as the price has dropped significantly since the Monsanto Company patent expired in 1992. However, sucralose may soon replace it, as alternative processes to Tate & Lyle's patent seem to be emerging. According to Morgan Stanley, this can mean that the price of sucralose will drop by 30%.  (Wikipedia)
  • A 2005 study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio showed that increased weight gain and obesity was associated with increased use of diet soda in a population based study. The study did not establish whether increased weight leads to increased consumption of diet drinks or whether consumption of diet drinks could have an effect on weight gain. (WebMD)
  • Most Americans eat the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. (WebMD)

OK so I read a few different articles but WebMD and a few other sources seem to be on the fence. I will sit with them on the fence. As always I recognize the importance of decreasing the number of chemicals we are placing in the body but baby steps.

What  (if any) treats are you willing to ingest the chemically altered stuff for ???

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