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Do you use Artificial Sweeteners?

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Question of the weekTime for another Question of the Week.  For this one, I’m responding to the discussion that got started on 6 On the Go Snacks I Can’t Live Without. The comments got me thinking how much artificial sweeteners I use and with the latest news maybe it’s something we should all assess.

If I really think about my intake, besides my daily light yogurt I really don’t use much. I don’t drink diet soda, I don’t drink coffee sweetened with anything and when I bake I try to stick with honey, molasses or other natural sweeteners.

As with everything I believe in moderation. I don’t want to be depended on anything and I don’t want put a lot of junk in my body, However, if I have a sugar free cookie or a diet soda now and then for a treat I don’t think it’s the end of the world.

How about you? How much Artificial Sweetener do you use? Do you make an effort to avoid it or seek it out as a high calorie substitute?

I also have a quick side question, only because I need to know if I’m the only big sap. Does anyone else cry watching American Idol?  LOL Seriously, when they are good and make it through, I’m so happy for them I get a tear. I’m such a freak.




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    jolie

    February 12, 2008

    I use splenda now and again for a light sweetener. I drink diet soda with aspartame too but nothing is a religious daily thing.

    Do I purposefully avoid it? no

    Do I think it could be bad for me? Heck everything these days is bad somehow with pesticide this and additive that.

    What we know now is not what we knew 10 years ago, nor will it be what we know in 10 years.

    I just try to do the best I can each day and hope for the best.

    bonniejean

    February 12, 2008

    Yeah, I try to avoid it. I figure if I’m going to splurge on something sweet and tasty I go for the real stuff. I find dark chocolate is a good fix. And I’m not a huge Idol fan, but when I saw the clip from the British version with the opera singer (Paul Potts?) I cried. If you haven’t seen it, you should google it. Tear!

    BonnieR325

    February 12, 2008

    Artificial sweeteners don’t seem to bother me at all, so yes, I use them. I rarely drink a diet soda, since I drink so much water now, but I use Equal in my coffee (2 packets a day)and I cook with Splenda and use it to sweeten my oatmeal….or anything else that needs sweetened. I’ve lost 58 pounds in 26 weeks using artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t appear to be causing me to have trouble losing.

    I think that using artificial sweeteners actually keeps me in tune that I am weight watching, therefore I keep that fact in my head, and I believe that our heads are mostly where this whole struggle is, in the first place.

    Angel

    February 12, 2008

    I don’t like the taste of the artificial stuff, and the chemicals do scare me a bit. Instead, I’ve just cut back on the amount of sugar I use.

    Re: Idol – Yes, I’m afraid I do cry
    tears totally manufactured by the producers. The single parents’ sob stories get me every time!

    Sarah

    February 12, 2008

    Roni-Great question it’s something I’m gonna think about.

    And I totally don’t mean to be snarky or tacky, but you misspelled assess at the end of your first paragraph. I only mention it because it’s currently the plural of behinds.

    I’m new to the blogging, so hope that’s ok to point out.

    Amanda

    February 12, 2008

    Good question. I do actively try to stay away from them. Aspartame to me has a terrible after-taste. And I get stomach aches from too much Splenda. Diet soda is a once in awhile treat for me. Quite honestly I use a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee every morning. I’m not willing to give it up. I’ve tried everything and I feel that the coffee is something I enjoy and I would prefer to drink one cup a day the way I like to taste it.

    I don’t like my daughter (2 years old) to eat anything with chemical sweeteners because I don’t think it is good for her. So why would I think it is ok for me?

    Emsweetie3

    February 12, 2008

    Hey Roni!

    I love your blog, and look forward to reading it daily. I’m enjoying the question of the day.

    I am similar to you, I usually only eat yogurt sweetened with artificial sweetners. Occasionaly I have a diet soda, but that’s probably a few times a month, not often. The funny thing with me is I find that splenda usually makes me more hungry a little while later, and a weird hunger at that. I know that sounds really strange, but it’s almost like all of a sudden I’m super hungry again. So usually I have to stick to aspartme sweetened yogurts. Does anyone else have that issue?

    Anyways, thanks for all your hard work on the blog, it’s much appreciated!

    Marie

    February 12, 2008

    Hey Roni,
    I’m really becoming more and more adamant about restricting the artificial sweeteners in my diet. I notice a funny taste after I drink too much crystal light, and I really just haven’t felt my best while eating/drinking things with these substitutes. However, I do like Stevia, and haven’t found/had any problems with it yet.

    As for American Idol, I BAWLED when the girl whose father had just died sang and then got accepted. I’m such a softie ;D.

    Christie

    February 13, 2008

    I do use artificial sweeteners. I am in Georgia where sweet tea rules and I use Splenda in mine every day. I drink Diet Coke (or Dr. Pepper) rarely and I also sometimes use Splenda in cooking.

    As for American Idol, I totally get emotional with them! My husband usually watches it with me and he would make fun of me if he saw it so I pretend its allergies or something…

    gottahavefaith

    February 13, 2008

    I try to stick to real foods as much as possible, and artificial sweeteners aren’t a big part of my life, but every now and then, they can be a big help. When I’m trying to adjust to a big sugar cutback, for example, it can make life more livable to be able to mix up a cup of hot cocoa sweetened with a little splenda or stevia. I also occasionally add artificial sweetener to my morning oatmeal or yogurt, although I prefer honey, brown sugar, or dried fruit.

    I refuse to eat baked goods or ice cream made with artificial sweeteener…the texture isn’t the same, and the amount of chemicals just isn’t worth it.

    Krista

    February 13, 2008

    I’m not a heavy user but I also don’t freak out if I do use it. I seldom drink diet soda, on occasion I’ll have a diet iced tea. I do use sweetner in my coffee on a daily basis but it’s not much and I do like the light yogurt. I, like many others, think that moderation is the key. I guess I justify a little sweetner now and again since I’m doing so many other things that I would like to think are good for me. Exercise, eating tons of veggies, lean meats, fresh fruits, low fat or fat free milks and cheeses and I use organic foods every chance I get. So, I can only hope in the long run I’m doing something right.

    Bev

    February 13, 2008

    I normally just use cane juice crystals, which is sugar before its refined. Lately I have used some splenda in my coffee, but only because I had some packets in the pantry I wanted to use up and didn’t want to just throw them away lol.

    I do try and stay away from all other artificial sweeteners and I don’t use them, except if I get a diet soda at a restaurant. I don’t drink soda (diet or regular) unless out to eat. Then the only other thing I can think of that has artificial sweetener in it is my yogurt, which has splenda.

    Lorrie

    February 13, 2008

    I too try to stay away from chemicals. I have a hard time believing that sugar or other natural sweeteners are worse.
    Too much of anything is never good, and diabetes runs in my family so I am aware of the effects of too much sugar with little exercise.
    And as far as American Idol goes, I think I cry more at the fact that this show even exists. It deadens and cheapens the art of music for me.

    Tiffany....Windsor, ON Canada

    February 13, 2008

    I do have a diet soda once in a while. I mostly have herbal teas that require NO sweetner. When I do have a coffee, I use sweetner. Just one packet.

    AMERICAN IDOL: I thought I was the only one. My fiance calls me a cry baby(in good fun)all the time.

    Kathy

    February 13, 2008

    Just wrote about the negative side effects…headaches…I’ve been having as a result of the Splenda I was using. I had been using a lot of it and am making a serious effort to cut way back on it. I’m using little drizzles of honey, molasses when it would be suitable, and a tiny bit of brown sugar on occasion. Mainly, I’m trying to adjust my “need” for artificially sweet things and rely more on fruit and the sweeter vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes.

    I’m also gradually adding some of the “natural” sweeteners to my pantry such as agavae nector and stevia.

    Vickie

    February 13, 2008

    19 years ago – pregnant with my oldest – my doctor said absolutely NO artificial sweeteners while pregnant or breastfeeding. He added as a side note that NO one under 16 should ever have them either. I decided – that day – if you shouldn’t have them pregnant, breastfeeding or under the age of 16, then probably no one, anywhere should be ingesting them. I stopped that day. My family does not eat them. Every once in a while – we get them by mistake. But not often. The only recent exception is when I ordered the banana muffin mix for the contest – it had something they call sugar alcohol. . .

    Debbie

    February 13, 2008

    I almost never choose items with artificial sweeteners. Aspartame gives me instant migraines & everything else leaves a nasty aftertaste. If I’m going to eat something that’s going to affect my sugar anyway, might as well be the good stuff. :-)

    I don’t cry during Idol, but I did see the backup singer crying last night during a song & that almost got me.

    Michelle

    February 13, 2008

    It is less about the chemicals for me and more about what I have read about the effects of the artificial sweeteners can have on how much you eat. There have been many studies that show mice eat more when they are given AS verse sugar. The thought is your body knows when enough sugar is enough and the AS messes that up. I do use splenda, but it comes down to if I want a Coke I want a Coke and I will drink a coke and adjust my day as needed.

    Girl on a Mission...

    February 13, 2008

    I bawled like a 2 year old when the girl got through who’s father just recently passed away. Talk about being brave!

    As for sweetners, I’m an advid fan of Splenda-related products. Otherwise, I try to stay away from sorbitol and other sweetners. They tend to cause troubles with my indigestive system. I’m only now ablt to control that ‘problem’. I read an article about sorbitol and its affect on the body- it would scare the living daylights out of you!

    Katy

    February 13, 2008

    I want to preface the article I am leaving for everyone with my answer: yes, I do eat artifical sweeteners(but very minimal), but I think I shouldn’t. I was just reading this article the other day and it seems like a good theory. I feel like if you are going to use artifical sweeteners to help your weight loss, then you should be loosing weight (but not dependant on them to loose weight) So anyways… here is the article. (I don’t watch american idol, so no I don’t cry)

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/11/health/webmd/main3817821.shtml

    Katy

    February 13, 2008

    P.S. Artifical sweeteners can also be the cause of numbness and tingling in your arms or legs if enough is consumed.

    I use it as an ant killer in the summer too! (has to be wet before the ants will eat it)

    HappyBlogChick

    February 13, 2008

    I’m such a geek … I read this article and all I can think is “I want to get my hands on the original Behavioral Neuroscience article!”

    Anyway, I use some artificial sweetners. I have a hard time judging if I use more or less than the average “dieter” (I know, I used the word), but I suspect less.

    I drink diet soda, but not daily … probably 3x week at most, most weeks not that much. I don’t sweeten my coffee. Hmm, but wait, I do have a vitamuffin almost every day, and that has sugar alcohols (which I assume are lumped in the artificial sweetner category). And every third day or so a WW ice cream bar. Oh, and I bet my yogurt has artificial sweetner.

    Well, crud. I’m taking in more than I thought. Maybe when I get to maintenance (so close so close) I can switch some of these to the full sugar product. I’ll have to look into calories/points and see if that’s feasible.

    Fatinah

    February 13, 2008

    I have one yogurt a day and…sometimes a pop a day…maybe 5 pops a week. I find the sweetness of them stops me from eating something that would not fit in my program. I seriously get a bit pissed – it seems everyday there is some article telling us to stay away from something. In the end, I think it is just moderation that will give us success. Although, I suppose it would be the irony of all irony if in the end I gave up a high fat diet and the yogurt got me.
    I don’t watch American Idol until they get to the final 12 because I find it too hard to watch so many people get booted. I cry all the time at Biggest Loser!

    Jenn & Ed

    February 13, 2008

    Who cares, we aren’t rats!!! :) I refuse to give up Diet Coke period. I quit smoking, have reduced wine, am on the first phase of south beach so no bread/pasta/sugar…I absolutely refuse to part with the last vice I have. No way, no how!!! And I don’t care if it will make me grow a second head :)

    RunningNan

    February 13, 2008

    I don’t go out of my way to avoid it. i probably have a packet of sweet n low for 2 cups of coffee..

    I gave up on AI. It’s all too fixed for me anymore. However, I did cry while watching The Biggest Loser last night.

    JavaChick

    February 13, 2008

    I don’t like artificial sweeteners, so I mainly avoid them because I think they taste yucky. Aspartame has a nasty aftertaste. I was eating the Yoplait Source yogurt with Splenda for a while because it does taste better than the aspartame stuff, but I still wasn’t really enjoying it all that much so I gave up and switched. The yogurt I eat may be higher in points, but at least I am enjoying it and not forcing it down. I also think Stevia tastes pretty nasty.

    As for soft drinks, I do enjoy one now and then as a treat, but it’s not an every day thing for me at all. If I’m going to have one, I’d rather have a real Coke and enjoy it.

    Jennifer

    February 13, 2008

    I have seen the same thing lately about sweeteners and I am a huge artificial sweetener girl. I make two cups of tea in the morning with Splenda, I usually have a diet coke at lunch. I sprinkle splenda on cereal, oatmeal, iced tea, etc!! I was just thinking last night, what if I eliminated that for one month just to see what would happen! And, I cry at the drop of a hat about anything, including American Idol, Biggest Loser, the Olympics, you name it!

    fieryirishangel

    February 13, 2008

    I have an iced coffee once/week or less, and always put Splenda in it. My coffee *has* to be sweet, very, very sweet, for me to drink it. On the rare occasion that I drink hot tea, I’ll use a Splenda or two in it, and I tend to have one diet soda/day during the week. I don’t notice an after taste and don’t get sick from it. Eventually I’m sure I’ll seek to lessen my intake, but for now, at the start of my weight loss journey, I’m making one change at a time.

    BarbiatEY

    February 13, 2008

    I don’t purposefully avoid them, but don’t use them in baking either. Not a huge soda fan.

    Roni, I cry at everything! I cry during Idol, I cry when people are voted off the Amazing Race, I cried last night during Biggest Loser. My kids totally make fun of me – they know I will always cry. I’m a HUGE SAP!

    jancat30

    February 13, 2008

    I am addicted to sugarless gum but that is really the only thing that I have with artificial sweetener and that is just to avoid cavities.

    Stephanie

    February 13, 2008

    Roni,
    I read your blog often, but have never commented!

    For about the last 3 years my husband and I drank Crystal Light (actually the generic Walmart brand) constantly. I drank water at work, but anytime I was home all I drank was that. I have struggled with some weird symptoms for about that same amount of time. The worst being shooting pains in random parts of my body.

    I had always joked with people when I was pouring them Crystal Light that we drink so much of it that if it does cause cancer I’m in trouble! The last time I said that – it clicked! I have avoided anything with artificial sweeteners for about 2 1/2 months now, and I never have the shooting pains anymore. I can’t be certain it is related, but I feel better, so I’m not going to chance it!

    I’m sure it doesn’t have this effect on everyone, but in case anyone else has experienced these symptoms, I thought I would post my story.

    Jewely

    February 13, 2008

    I am on the fence about artificial sweeteners. I have watched my aunt be on a ‘diet’ her entire life. She will buy the light or fat free version of anything…and then overeat because in her mind, it is healthier. She has never lost any significant weight, except when she did Adkins. She is now doing WW, like I am, but she still eats too much!

    I feel that it is better to eat healthier, whole foods and avoid the artifical ingredients, as much as possible…but be cautious of your portion size. Fill up more on the veggies and lean meats. If you need a sweet fix, make it small and worthwhile.

    My only downfall is soda pop. I drink a lot diet soda…but I also drink a lot of water and green tea. I am hoping to wean myself off of the soda for good and strictly drink water and green tea. I always jazz my green tea up with honey and lemon.

    Anonymous

    February 13, 2008

    What a great question – and great feedback!! I’m not sure what I would do if I couldn’t use Splenda. I use it to sweeten my 2-3 cups of coffee every day, my daily bowl of oatmeal, and quite often baked items. All told – I probably use about 4-5 tablespoons daily. I haven’t experienced any ill effects, so I’ll continue to use it. My family doesn’t like the taste of it so I’m the only one who uses it.

    I haven’t watched AI, so I can’t comment on that.

    Roni, I love your website! You are an inspiration!!

    Anonymous

    February 13, 2008

    Anything with aspartame was my preference, with Splenda as 2nd choice. Not a huge user but loved Yoplait Lite yogurt and then discovered the special Splenda packets for Kool-Aid, a real find for me as I never found anything low cal/no cal that measured up to the real thing.

    Unfortunately, I developed a terrible rash over the summer that lasted four months; it stumped everyone including my PCP, the allergist, the dermatologist, ER physicians, multiple, multiple tests and visits, many diagnoses. Eventually, it was determined to be caused by Splenda and it did clear once I stopped ingesting it.

    It may not have this effect on everyone but for me it was profound. I am avoiding it totally and only using what my body recognizes as natural. It is a struggle. I was devastated but have learned to live without it.

    Of note, my dentist and my son’s orthodontist also told me just how terrible diet Pop is for your teeth.

    P.S. No tears shed here for Idol but I understand! debsch60@yahoo.com

    Jenny O.

    February 13, 2008

    I totally cry during AI, especially for the poor girl that lost her dad just a few days before her audition. Seriously, I had to go hug my kids after watching that.

    breckgirl

    February 13, 2008

    Roni – I use Splenda, I use Equal and I also use the dreaded pink stuff when I can lay my hands on it. I drink it in coffee and tea mostly. I think your moderation idea is the best – but I also don’t think you’re going to die because you ate a bunch of Splenda. They’ve been yacking about this for eons and still, I’ve never heard of anyone dying from eating too much Sweet & Low, except for some lab rats that once ate 25 times their body weight, or some crap like that. I don’t go in for the whole alarmist thing – we’re all going to die and just about everything is going to kill us. Being fat is going to kill me faster than drinking a diet soda. Which I don’t do, so maybe I am ahead of the game!!

    As for the crying – well, I am a sobber. I have definitely cried my eyes out during AI (OMG, remember when Kelly WON and she sang “A Moment Like This” with her voice all crack-y?!) but I can tell you that I usually cry buckets during The Biggest Loser – pretty much through the entire show. I cry during commercials, movies, whenever I watch little kids sing – whatever. Maybe it is a side effect from all the Splenda.

    Thanks for your blog. I have gotten the husband to agree to try quinoa – will use your recipe of course.

    Lois Anne

    February 13, 2008

    I recently cut waaaaaay back on the diet soda because my dentist said it was affecting my tooth enamel. I’ve started drinking more water and iced tea, which I barely sweeten with actual sugar (1 Tbsp per qt of tea).

    Other than my diet soda habit I do try to avoid artificial sweeteners and food coloring. It just can’t be good for ya.

    And I want to cry when watching Am. Idol when the judges are mean to people who honestly don’t know how bad they are. When they make a contestant cry, that gets to me.

    brianne

    February 13, 2008

    i cut out artificial sweeteners and anything containing high fructose corn syrup late last fall and i have been BLOWN AWAY by how many products that contain these types of ingredients – my whole wheat bread even contains HFCS!! goodness. it’s a challenge, but one i’m up to :)

    Tara

    February 13, 2008

    NO! I used to but when I got pregnant I did a little research and found out how unhealthy they are and how they DO NOT help you to lose weight and I cut them out. The crazy thing is now if I eat anything artificially sweetened, I experience a horrible aftertaste so I don’t want them now anyway. I challenge everyone to try cutting them out for awhile and notice the difference in how they taste to you. Also, so many of our foods in this country have high fructose corn syrup (even most of the bread in the grocery store) and other additives, so we are accustomed to liking things super sweet. It really is about retraining your taste buds not to crave that sugary sweetness all the time…and its hard, I know! I noticed my yogurt is sweetented w/ maple syrup and thought maybe thats worth a try.

    Jen

    February 13, 2008

    When I think about it and after reading what others write, I probably eat more than I think…it is in so many products. I try to eat more ‘core’ and real food, but when I need a sweet or fix it is with some typ eof artificial sweetener.
    I totally avoid it for my daughter and that should tell me something, why am I willing to put it into myself when I won’t her. Hmmm….But, this is something I will wrestle with for a bit…I think where I am at right now is my awareness. I do think I need to cut back on my crystal light consumption.:)

    Ms Bart

    February 13, 2008

    Since joining WW in 2005, I’ve cut out all diet sodas (I have a real root beer twice a year) and I limit my artificial sweeteners. I think Stoneyfield Farm yogurt, which uses sugar, is so much tastier than the artificially sweetened ones. My body seems to appreciate the ‘real deal’ more. I’ve cut out corn syrup and all of those other sweeteners in everything. I’ve read that your body will consume more sweetener when it’s not sugar, honey or molasses. Basically, I’ve become a food snob. A proud, healthy food snob.

    Later Gator

    February 13, 2008

    I also wrote a blog about this the other day. I have all but cut them out of my life, and I find I don’t want them at all anymore.

    Liza

    February 13, 2008

    Wow what a controversial subject. As you read my thoughts you will see I am somewhat on the fence and and havign a hard time being convinced one way or the other.

    I am probably more dependant on AS than I’d like to admit. I have always maintained that I drink too much Crystal Light and have for a long time. Not necessarily because of the AS, but because water is healthier. I do drink diet sodas occassionally, buy light yogurt, my mints have it in them and I love hot chocolate and always opt for the low-cal kind.

    I thought the gum/mints was a good point, because even people who consider that they don’t use AS still usually end up chewing gum or eating mints with it in them.

    I don’t like how baked goods turn out with Splenda in them. Also,I find it interesting that when Splenda came out it was widely accepted and talked about as something that was safe to give kids.

    I usually try to avoid giving my kids things with AS in it but they do drink my Crystal Light or diet soda sometimes. If there is one thing that causes me to be to be painfully cautious it is my kids so I am going to work hard to avoid giving it to them.

    I don’t think this study should be overlooked, still there is much more to conclude and many details not worked out yet. The fact is we have not seen a direct link in humans. Duh- people who are overweight drink and eat diet stuff. That makes sense to me- they are trying to not be overweight anymore. Have you ever heard of a thin person starting to drink diet stuff and gaining a bunch of weight because of it? I haven’t. I have a skinny friend who LOVES Crystal Light.
    My Dr named Crystal Light as a good beverage choice while I was pregnant. My sisters Dr ok’d it too, saying she would have to drink what was the equivalent of gallons and gallons everyday in order for it to cause harm.
    Still I am not saying there is no risk, I am just saying we don’t have enough conclusive evidence.

    There are a lot of things to die from and I just don’t see this being the highest risk for me. Why is it that some of the same people who buy organic go and smoke a cigarrette afterward?
    In the end I think I should drink more water and less Crystal Light. I admit to being a little more weary now, but don’t have any concrete reason for it. I am just going to try my best to do what is best for my body. I don’t know what is worse real sugar or AS.

    Tina

    February 13, 2008

    Deffo a big splenda user for sure. Use it mainly in coffee and tea. And I like the Crystal Light To Go thingamajiggies, although I have started to cut back.

    As for AI… oh my LORD don’t get me started. I don’t really cry during the whole Hollywood process, I cry at the finale. ALWAYS.

    And I went to see them in September when they came to Baltimore. I’m a 29 y.o. nerd.

    Btw, did you know I posted an award for you? Guess I probably should have alerted you.. :))

    Here’s the post!

    DaMora

    February 13, 2008

    I use splenda here and there. On my oatmeal mostly. And an occasional mix-in for my water.

    I’m a big Cry Baby too. Ever since my pregnancy 2 yrs ago, I can’t hold a tear. Happy moments are my weakness.

    jodi

    February 13, 2008

    i probably use about 3 packets of splenda a day (morning coffee and afternoon tea)… i don’t bake with it though, still prefer real sugar, and i don’t drink diet soda… i DO have a light yogurt everyday but it’s only 6 ounces – doubt that is going to kill me… :o)

    Dawne

    February 13, 2008

    Hey Roni! I stopped using artificial sweetener about 6 months ago and saw a dramatic change. Although I started doing yoga, running, and eating more sensibly, I feel that cutting out artificial sweeteners played a key role in my weight loss and overall feeling of well being. I now use natural turbinado sugar when needed, but I don’t eat very much sugar. It is amazing! I had been thinking about cutting out artificial sweeteners for some time. It was my addiction to crystal lite that finally made me realize that I needed to make a change. I feel great!!

    Anonymous

    February 13, 2008

    Hi Roni. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners whenever possible. However, my avoidance is more from the taste, rather than the health aspect.
    Aspartame and/or Splenda in pre-packaged foods or drinks makes my tongue feel funny. This is why I completely avoid diet sodas. My mom says it’s in my head. I don’t think it is. How can my tongue feeling weird be in my head, even when I don’t know the fake stuff in in something I eat, it feels weird
    Ironically, I use 1 pkg. Sweet n’ Low in a large glass of Iced Tea and I use a little Splenda in my cereal instead of sugar – and it doesn’t bother me at all.
    I think it is the large amounts of the fake sweeteners that are in the store-bought foods/drinks that affect me.

    Jenn
    jennscookin@yahooc.com

    Ashley

    February 13, 2008

    I drink Crystal Light every once in a while. And I use Splenda too much. I keep trying to quit, but it’s so hard when you see the calorie difference. Also, I think Splenda tastes better and lasts longer in a lot of things.

    But sorbitol makes my stomach hurt!

    How are you doing on your ‘jump back challenge’ that you made to yorself a while ago?

    Dev

    February 13, 2008

    I don’t watch American Idol, but if I did I would more than likely cry. I cry during grammys.

    I use splenda to sweeten some things; agave nector to sweeten others ~ depends on what I’m making.

    Erin

    February 14, 2008

    Artificial sweeteners have physically made me sick. Years ago, I would drink a diet soda a day, maybe more. After a year or more of this, I would have the worst headaches and at times would throw up.
    Finally figured out it was the artificial sweeteners in the yogurt, diet sodas and other “diet” items I had been consuming.

    I completely stay away from anything artifically sweetened now and highly recommend not putting anything artificial in your body!

    Ann

    February 14, 2008

    I try to use artificial sweetners sparingly and opt for stevia whenever I can. The Japanese use this herb to sweeten nearly every food product they have on the market (baked goods, soft drinks candy, etc) I would love to see it used as frequently here in the US so we can break our national dependence on the waist-widening sugar cane.

    Anonymous

    February 15, 2008

    I just want to make sure that people understand that just because something is “natural” does not mean it is good for you. Tobacco, lard, sugar– mushrooms that grow in your yard are all natural, but not good for you.

    There are also many artificial substances that are very helpful and we could not live without, namely medications. They are harmful in large amounts, does that mean we should do without them? I don’t take tylenol or motrin often, but I am sure glad for it when I need it. I give it to my kids too when they need it. I can’t imagine doing without it when they are burning up with fever. If they were to have too much it could kill them, does that mean we don’t give to them at all? The key here is moderation and proper education.

    ~Amy

    February 16, 2008

    Yes, I cry during Idol and also during The Biggest Loser !!

    Wendy~O

    February 19, 2008

    I hope it isn’t too late to add my two cents:

    I think the whole idea of artificial sweetners making us fat is sympotmatic of why our country is overweight:

    We are always looking to blame something instead of taking responsibility for what we are eating.

    Sweetners don’t make people fat – eating more calories than you expend makes you gain weight – period.

    Likewise – their is no magic chemical to make you lose weight.
    It’s about accountability – we need to accept responsibility for how much we eat.

    -Wendy