Artificial Sweeteners and Cravings

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 10:32
Equal sweetener sabotaged my progress. I couldn't figure out why I was craving food constantly. I thought the low-dose steroid was the culprit then I realized it all started when I switched from Sweet 'N Low to Equal in my daily iced tea. Since I'm out of Sweet N Low I borrowed my DH's Splenda for a few days and, tada! No more cravings.

This isn't intended to discredit the Equal brand. I, in fact, prefer the taste of Equal over the others. I am aware of the warnings concerning artificial sweeteners. That’s not what this post is about, either.

I’m only making an observation that may help others who are dealing with constant cravings. If you are consuming an artificial sweetener, try changing it to something else and see if it helps.
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 22:06
they are 2 different chemicals. Equal contains asparatine and Sweet and Low has saccharin. Maybe that difference is major. I can't use either as they are both asthma triggers for me.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters


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Posted: 08 Oct 2012, 12:38
I recently started substituting saccharin for the sugar in my coffee. However, I really do not enjoy my coffee. I can deal with skim milk but I wonder if I should throw the sweetener out the window.

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Posted: 08 Oct 2012, 15:10
Artificial sweetner is bad news full stop, it definitely makes you crave sweeter things and to me 15kcals is worth it to have 'pure' sugar instead of gross chemicals, Aspartame especially gives me major headaches and the list of side effects from it - you can find them online, is scary to say the least. However it is really hard to not consume them as they creep in to many food that you wouldn't even thing of including 'full' sugar lemonade and fat free yogurts, now I am off them I can actually taste them in foods where I have forgotten to check the label (which doesn't happen that often these days) I wish manufactures would realise that people want fat free but also chemical free foods!

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Posted: 08 Oct 2012, 17:06
I just want to say that my post wasn't intended to start the artificial sweetener debate. I don't have sweet cravings because I use Sweet N Low. SuberWoman, try switching to just Half & Half and no sweetener. It may take some getting used to but the H&H gives coffee more richness. A few tablespoons per day will not blow your plan.I prefer my coffe this way. I can't stand skim milk in my coffee. Bleh. May as well leave it out, all together.
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.

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Posted: 08 Oct 2012, 17:40
The first step for me to lose weight was to give up sugar, artificial sweeteners (all of them). I use stevia from NOW called new balance, meaning the bulking agent is cromimum which is good for blood sugar.
I would never buy in grocery stores since unhealthy additives could be in them. After using this NATURAL sweetener, my sugar cravings were under control...

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