Quitting artificial sweetener

4/22/2009:

Although I never officially intended to have a New Year’s Resolution this year – it seems like one materialized by itself!

Fake sugar almost gone!

sweet-and-low-packet.jpgNot sure how many of you use artificial sweetener on a regular basis – but I was probably in the top 0.1% off hard-core users. Five or six Diet Cokes, and probably the same number of coffees (+2 Sweet & Low’s) per day.

After hearing crap from my friends about the “dangers” – such as the health risks – or even actual weight gain from using this fake sugar, I decided on January 6th to eliminate it from my diet.

Some interesting observations came as a result…

Did you notice any change?

The answer to that question would be: “Yes, no and not sure…”

The Good
a-good-cup-of-coffee-in-hoboken.jpgFirst of all, I proved to myself that I CAN live without the sweetener in my beverages. For the first three months of my new consumption regimen, I eliminated the artificial stuff altogether. Coffee black or with just skim, cut out the sodas entirely (although I craved them the first week or so), drank more water and natural fruit juice. I was able to satisfy my thirst just fine without the chemicals.

Most noticeable is that my appreciation for coffee quality and taste has changed dramatically. You don’t realize how much you recognize the flavor of the actual coffee brew itself when you don’t add any sweetener (sugar or otherwise). My days of being able to regularly consume a cup at any old corner convenience store are over. I need better brews to truly enjoy the drink. Places such as Sweet, Ganache, Dames, Empire and even Starbucks (whom I once swore off) are now in my rotation. Heck, I even recognized that the Malibu Diner makes a very decent (and strong) cup of coffee.

To be determined…
Do I feel any better because of the elimination of the phony powders? Not really. If anything, I believe that I was so addicted to the stuff that I might still be in withdrawal phase. It’s also quite possible that it negatively affected my mental capacity a bit because of the drastic change. Either that – on running Hoboken411 7x a week is just taking it’s toll (hint: vacation needed perhaps?)

What about the weight gain claim? Well – I think that report is a crock of crap. I think the extra 200-300 calories per day from juices or other natural beverage replacements have added a few pounds. From my experience, diet sodas (or just water) instead of juice will help you keep the weight off. Your results may vary.

The net-net

As of today, artificial sweetener still exists in my life, but to a much lesser extent.

I’ve gone back to using 1/2 packet of Sweet & Low in really bad coffee just to make it bearable, and “reward” myself with a diet coke on occasion. But the heavy usage has now stopped, and water is now the beverage of choice.

The best part of this “project” is that I’ve now become a true lover of a nice bold & strong “cup of Joe!” Never did I know I could become a bit of a picky coffee drinker. But I appreciate places that care about what they serve, and reward them with my repeat business.

What about you? How much artificial sweetener do you have in your diet?

36 Responses

  1. whewwhewwhew says:

    Coffee is just as bad for you….

  2. YipYap says:

    In my frustration with excessive gas I started to look into the cause. The problem was my gas was painful, after a day of farting I was actually sore and I had to use a special cream to kill the pain. My gas was also loud enough to wake up the neighbors, and boy did it have an awful smell, I swear even dogs ran away when I walked by them.

    I started to research side effects of artificial sweeteners. I used to have Splenda every day in my coffee, and on oatmeal etc. I know a little bit about chemistry and nutrition, so when I read the ingredients in Splenda, I knew something was wrong. The first two ingredients are maltodextrin and dextrose. Those are both sugars! Guess where those sugars come from by the way, corn syrup! I believe corn syrup to be truly evil stuff, and it is is the second most dangerous food we eat with the the first being trans fats.

    Anyway it turns out that maltodextrin and dextrose are used as fillers in Splenda and each packet actually has four calories not zero as claimed on the packaging.

    Well I eliminated Splenda from my diet and wallah no more painful, loud and smelly gas. I’m thrilled that I don’t have to worry anymore about tooting loudly in a meeting or having to roll down the windows of my car in the middle of winter.

    Google Splenda and gas for more info.

    :mrgreen:

  3. MidnightRacer says:

    Nah, it just choice another orifice – see above (joking of course)

  4. MidnightRacer says:

    chose (more typos)

  5. nacholibre says:

    I have been thinking about phasing out Splenda ™ and this has inspired me to do so. I usually enjoy a couple diet cokes or sugar free red bulls a day plus a cup o’ tea, so motivated by hellacious headaches and allergies, I will see if only using regular sugar helps. Giving up soda would be heresy. 😈

  6. toapov68 says:

    I’m definitely not one for health food crap but a couple weeks ago, my best friend convinced me to go w/her as she got a colonics treatment done. Anyway, the lady that performed this on her went on a tangent on how bad processed sugar and artificial sweeteners are for you. I’ll spare you all the details, however, she did inform us of a product called “Vanilla Agave”. It’s a natural nectar, people on a raw food diet use this as sweetener. I purchased some from her and I haven’t looked back! It’s amazing!!! I put it in everything I’d normally put sugar on. I use it in my coffee, tea, cereal. It’s a little expensive but a little goes a long way. Google it and see for yourselves…

  7. Litteredboken says:

    [quote comment=”150630″]I would recommend trying stevia, the brand name I use is TruVia. It’s a natural sweetener with no calories. It’s been used for centuries in other parts of the world, but sugar lobbies stopped it from being sold in the US until recently. Just google it. You will be seeing some sodas and fruit drinks made with stevia very soon.[/quote]

    I have used a few different brands, and they all taste kinda the same– strong and fake– but I continue because it’s natural. But it’s also really expensive. I found stevia at Trader Joe’s though, which (no surprise) is really cheap! It’s about $10 but you get about 1000 servings!

  8. kal-el says:

    [quote comment=”150636″]In my frustration with excessive gas I started to look into the cause. The problem was my gas was painful, after a day of farting I was actually sore and I had to use a special cream to kill the pain. My gas was also loud enough to wake up the neighbors, and boy did it have an awful smell, I swear even dogs ran away when I walked by them.

    I started to research side effects of artificial sweeteners. I used to have Splenda every day in my coffee, and on oatmeal etc. I know a little bit about chemistry and nutrition, so when I read the ingredients in Splenda, I knew something was wrong. The first two ingredients are maltodextrin and dextrose. Those are both sugars! Guess where those sugars come from by the way, corn syrup! I believe corn syrup to be truly evil stuff, and it is is the second most dangerous food we eat with the the first being trans fats.

    Anyway it turns out that maltodextrin and dextrose are used as fillers in Splenda and each packet actually has four calories not zero as claimed on the packaging.

    Well I eliminated Splenda from my diet and wallah no more painful, loud and smelly gas. I’m thrilled that I don’t have to worry anymore about tooting loudly in a meeting or having to roll down the windows of my car in the middle of winter.

    Google Splenda and gas for more info.

    :mrgreen:[/quote]
    YIP , i swear i just peed myself that was hilarious , but the thing that makes it even more funny is that it was almost like you were following me around all day and night,i cant stop laughing the same shit happens to me..Thanks for the info.

  9. bradykp says:

    still looking for that diet soda link. it was more than about weight gain, it was the stuff it does to your body. i’ll find it in gmail history.

  10. kal-el says:

    [quote comment=”150698″]still looking for that diet soda link. it was more than about weight gain, it was the stuff it does to your body. i’ll find it in gmail history.[/quote]
    BRADY i heard something about that on the news one time, i wanna say ch 5 news, if you wanna look it up that way

  11. yellowsubmarine says:

    [quote comment=”150698″]still looking for that diet soda link. it was more than about weight gain, it was the stuff it does to your body. i’ll find it in gmail history.[/quote]

    you are better off drinking coke rather than diet coke. your body can’t process all those chemicals and it actually helps store more as fat. if you’re cutting sugar but still putting about 50 other chemicals in your body, the DCoke isn’t going down like water. It actually helps you keep the weight on. I wish that weren’t true.

  12. YipYap says:

    Corn Syrup is as evil as Al-Qaeda.

    NY times Yesterday.

    Some research has suggested that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, used as a sweetener in a wide variety of foods, may increase the risk of obesity and heart disease. Now, a controlled and randomized study has found that drinks sweetened with fructose led to higher blood levels of L.D.L, or “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides in overweight test subjects, while drinks sweetened with another sugar, glucose, did not. Both L.D.L. and triglycerides have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

    nytimes.com/2009/04/23/health/23sugar.html?_r=4&ref=health

  13. jscirish27 says:

    While sugar isn’t good for you, it is processed much more easily by your body than is HFCS… this is the same as butter versus partially hydrogenated oils… the process itself makes these items identifiable to the traditional receptors the body has for processing them. Basically, stay away from processed foods.

  14. jscirish27 says:

    I meant unidentifiable

  15. homeworld says:

    [quote comment=”150597″][quote comment=”150596″]I hate High Fructose corn syrup just as much as the artifical sweeteners.[/quote]
    Me too. . .I used to live on all this stuff. I’m much happier (literally, my mood has lifted) since I cut all this crap, as well as fast food (except pizza & the occasional Chinese food expierence), from my life.[/quote]

    I’m glad that Snapple finally switched over to sugar. It tastes so much better.

    Red Bull Cola is really good. It’s made with all natural ingredients, including raw sugar. (there’s no actual Red Bull in it, it’s just their brand name)

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