Giving up Splenda & other artificial sweeteners

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gigi1212

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 13:20
Been reading some scary stuff about Splenda that has me thinking I should eliminate it from my diet. What tips do you have on ditching this stuff and/or training yourself to drink/eat things non-sweetened?
I mostly use it for iced tea & oatmeal.
Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:11
I saw a programme called "50 shocking facts about diet and exercise". One of them was on artificial sweetners and how bad they are for you.... Another shocking fact was about transfats - they were even worse!! I think, ifmyou gradually cut it down, you will find your taste buds change. I used to take sugar, but cannot bear it now.

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Spacey47

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:16
whenever you are eating something that is essentially man made and un natural you are moving away from what your body was designed to consume

this include all those sweeteners, margarines, low cal spreads etc
just chemical laden crap
Tom2013

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:23
The vast majority of studies haven't found any safety issues with Splenda. But the product is new enough that no long-term studies have been conducted yet.

It's definitely safer than aspartame (nutrasweet), which may cause cancer in rats even at normal consumer levels. (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/34040.php)

I tend to avoid Splenda, aspartame, and processed sugar in general. 2 reasons:

1. The human body did not evolve with these chemically-processed sweeteners. They have nothing of benefit to the body, and probably quite a bit of harm. Humans did evolve with natural sweeteners, such as honey, so I tend to stick to those alternatives.

2. Recent research shows that artificially sweetened foods cause weight gain. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/29/diet-soda-weight-gain_n_886409.html)

Hope this was useful! Smile
Spacey47

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:26
diets sodas have also been linked to stroke and heart attacks

really read the can the only natural thing in it is water
Tom2013

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:31
Another shocking fact was about transfats - they were even worse!!


Transfats are so horrifically damaging to the body, I can't understand why it's still legal.

Even worse, a product can CLAIM to have zero transfat, but actually have up to half a gram!

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/08/22/what-food-labels-really-mean

deadcenter

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 21:09
I'm off adding them to my coffee and so on as well. I have used them all and the more I used them the more I used. I got off them back in early September and picked them back up again at the end of November. Long story. So...... Monday of this week I made the decision not to add them to coffee and any other food item I may be consuming. I do still have diet soda - only at work, I do not keep it in my house.

While at work I stopped adding it to my coffee and whatever else I may have been using it on. The reason for this is I believe I starting to suffer from artificial sweetener toxicity. I thought back in August that it was degrading my vision and causing my eyes to blur more easily along with some other symptoms. This time around I believe the same only I increased the amount of sweetener use so the eye problems became several instead of just blurred vision. I also developed a lot of cramping in my legs which I have never suffered from.

Just in the past couple of days from limiting the intake (and I mean I cut it by at least 90 percent) I have improved greatly. All of the cramping in my legs has gone away. My eye's are improving as I sit here at the computer without my glasses. Sunday I would not have been able to do that. Don't get me wrong, I still need them and a miracle has not happened but I can see better. The amount of floaters or at least the severity of them has decreased as well.

I plan to continue limiting and not adding artificial sweeteners to anything going forward. For me the jury is still out and I will reserve conclusion for a week or two down the road. However, I believe things will continue to improve as the poisons are released from my body.

I do love sweets. So I do use honey and Stevia in place of the artificial sweeteners. I have found no side effects from Stevia used now or in the past. I use about four packets a day and the rest of the day my coffee or tea goes without. I do use Stevia in baking as well.


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gigi1212

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 07:07
Thanks all. Sounds like just giving them up and letting my taste buds adjust over time is what I need to do. I might try lemon in iced tea to try and give it a little something. Today I put egg white in my oatmeal (someone shared that idea yesterday) with a teeny, tiny tsp of real maple syrup. It is definitely less sweet than I'm used to but still tasty, and I feel better knowing it's not full of chemicals.
shmiller

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 07:20
Have you tried Agave nectar? It's not low-calorie compared to sugar teaspoon for teaspoon, but it is way sweeter, so you'll use much less. I think it's off limits for pregnant women, though.
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eKatherine

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 08:14
Agave is just another form of natural sugar.
ltshears

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 08:41
I know what you mean. I love diet rite soda.. And i was drinking it daily.. i am trying to cut it out completely just like you because of what i have heard about splenda. Its very difficult for me because i love soda.. Sad
liv001

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 09:35
Agave is fructose based. Not a sweetener I would use.
shmiller

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 11:01
I like it. It works for me. And since I use it in moderation like everything else, I'm not afraid of it. Or anything else. That's just me.
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead
jeepjenn2

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 12:32
Stevia is an excellent sweetner that is from a plant.

I used to consume Coca Cola like it was going out of style, and now I have no sugar in my diet. Its made a world of difference. Even just reducing your consumption until you are not hsving any, would be a good step in the right direction.
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