Guys, remember that this is just here to provide information. No one is making you use more or artificial sugar. Some people have problems with artificial sugar. They know this article doesn't apply to them, so no need to play food police for them. If you have doubts, ask your doctor, do more research. This article is to provide some information on different sweeteners, that's it. If you want to know if these are ok for you, you'll do the research.
Sure, share your opinion, but remember that not everyone is against artificial sweeteners. Not everyone has a medical condition that is effected by them, not everyone is sensitive to them. For some people, who maybe like their occasional treat to still be a lower calorie treat, or use a packet of stevia in their coffee, or whatever, it's a helpful bit of information to have.
Be honest, it's disgusting. Either bake with real ingredients or don't waste your energy. It's not worth it if it's not real food. Just my wee opinion that many will disagree with but honestly food made with that stuff is really gross.
I have used some of the sugar substitute. But since reading and listening to Doctors tell of the body reacting to them in the same way as natural sugar, I have banned them too. Sugar, whether natural or artificial affected our brain, our insulin, it's highly addictive. Getting off sugar is harder than cocaine. To me that says it all. I limit myself to a little honey if I just have to sweeten something. No sugar high in any form for me. If that means no baked goods, so be it. My body, my brain will thank me in the long run.
I'm convinced artificial sweeteners can be dangerous, especially for diabetics. I choose to cut back on sugar consumption and never touch the artificial stuff. I like to know what I'm eating. I urge everyone to watch the documentary Sweet Misery (see it free online at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/sweet-miser y-a-poisoned-world/ ) or listen to what Dr. Mercola has to say here: http://products.mercola.com/sweet-misery-D VD/
I have tried using Splenda in baking with mixed results; I usually blend it about half and half with regular granulated sugar (rather than paying extra for the manufacturer to blend it for me). I have been very disappointed with stevia; in even the tiniest amounts, it has a strong bitter taste like something that has been chemically tainted. (I'm not saying that it has been tainted, just that it tastes that way.) My neighbour has the same reaction to stevia, so I know it's not just me. Any suggestions or comments?
5/28/2013 7:50:04 PM
Brava, STALEAN, for debunking the junk science! There's a lot of such mythology and foodie folklore out there; reading a post like yours is ALWAYS refreshing!
Peer reviewed research is the only evidence that needs to be believed. Anecdotal evidence is not "real" research. The "rat" studies did not give a cause and effect relationship between artificial sweeteners and Metabolic Syndrome, fat/weight gain, etc. The amount of artificial sweeteners given to the rats in some of these studies is ludicrous. Even if you could take this research and apply it to humans, no human would ever consume the amount of artificial sweeteners that were fed to the rats in these biased studies.
Read some of the most recent statements and findings here, but there are many others that you can find online:
Why would you ever recommend Splenda, Equal or anything else containing aspartame? It's a horrific chemical that causes a ton of side effects.
4/7/2013 11:09:45 PM
Extremely disheartening to read that Aspartame is listed as a sweetener option after the endless research that has been done to show the myriad of horrific health risks it has. It has been linked to diabetes, seizures, cancer, birth defects, etc. PLEASE do your own research and avoid any product with this as a sweetener and certainly dont go out of your way to add it!
3/5/2013 3:13:02 PM
A friend gave me this tip a few years ago and it works great. You can substitute up to 1/2 the sugar in a cookie (and many others) recipe with powered milk. It keeps the bulk the same but takes away some of the sugar. Between that and using some yogurt or applesauce in place of butter or oil, my treats are just s bit healthier but still nice enough to be loved by the kids.
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