Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

What's Your Take On Artificial Sweeteners?



Recommended Posts

What is your take on any type of artificial sweetener?

I'm researching it, well, I just started, and I'm finding that artificial sweeteners (AS) in the end cause weight gain. I read an article on Dr. Oz's website about it, I tried to copy and paste to this message, but I don't know what I'm doing, so it's not here.

I use a fair amount of AS, and I'm thinking I should stop. I have to admit, I'm addicted. It's an easy way to get "sweet" and not gain weight. And in my favorite, Iced coffee, it is sweeter than sugar. I'd have to use a LOT of sugar to equal my AS's sweetness.

I hear it is bad for you. I want to use mostly natural foods in my diet, you are what you eat, right?

So if you can give me your opinion on AS's, the pro's and con's, I'd feel good having your input. You guys know your stuff! If I'm going to be losing weight, I'd like to put the most nutritional, safest foods in my body. It can't be avoided completely, but I need to cut down.

If you used AS's and stopped using them, or cut down....I gotta ask, HOW did you do it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I avoid them. They upset my guts anyway.

But I look at it like this. Sugary foods should be a small part of your diet. Sugar is empty calories. But so are artificially sweetened foods by and large, just less empty calories. If you use artificial sweeteners so you can survive on crap like soft drinks, Cookies, cakes, sweets and Desserts then you're better off giving them up.

If you use them for a once in a while treat to save on a few calories then go for it - but neither artificially sweetened nor sugar foods should be on your menu at every meal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is your take on any type of artificial sweetener?

I'm researching it, well, I just started, and I'm finding that artificial sweeteners (AS) in the end cause weight gain. I read an article on Dr. Oz's website about it, I tried to copy and paste to this message, but I don't know what I'm doing, so it's not here.

I use a fair amount of AS, and I'm thinking I should stop. I have to admit, I'm addicted. It's an easy way to get "sweet" and not gain weight. And in my favorite, Iced coffee, it is sweeter than sugar. I'd have to use a LOT of sugar to equal my AS's sweetness.

I hear it is bad for you. I want to use mostly natural foods in my diet, you are what you eat, right?

So if you can give me your opinion on AS's, the pro's and con's, I'd feel good having your input. You guys know your stuff! If I'm going to be losing weight, I'd like to put the most nutritional, safest foods in my body. It can't be avoided completely, but I need to cut down.

If you used AS's and stopped using them, or cut down....I gotta ask, HOW did you do it?

i dont know much about them but i have Stevia in my home and use that. Not a lot. We dont use sugar... dont have it in the house, only for visitors. Our taste buds are well used to not having sweet things anymore. When i weaned myself off sugar.. especially with Hot drinks, i put the sugar away, started using two sweetener tabs a drink. Couldnt stand that so started cutting back, each drink a little less. In the end the amount was so small it was easier to just leave the sweetener out altogether.. lol. i havent looked back. i have my tea and coffee black without sugar.. have done for years. Personally i am very wary of artificial sweeteners... they are not good news.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was using Splenda over the others since my Lapband journey. Now, I've switched to Stevia (Fresh n Easy, Trader Joe's) which is a nutural sweetner and NO chemicals. If you do research on Google it's been around 1500 years.

Cheers

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My nutritionist says natural is better so go stevia over artificial. She also says she finds small amounts of regular sugar more satisfying.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I continue to use splenda in my Decaf coffee and I put one in my Protein Shake to give it a little bit of sweetness.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i honesty dont think too much about it.

i mainly use sugar in the raw on my oatmeal or grits (1 packet) and i guess my crystal light has other artifical sweeteners in it to make it taste (sweet). i drink my coffee black and tea unsweet.

i guess its up to the individual.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I personally don't worry about it much. Rather than sweat every detail about sweetners, low fat, low carb, etc. I subscribe to the mindset of everything in moderation.

If you have such a sweet tooth that moderation is unattainable, then I would probably stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as possible. As stated above stevia is a 100% natural low/no calorie sugar substitute. I would recomend getting it as the pure pressed oil rather than a powdered form there are tons of fillers in the powders. You can usually find it at your local health food store.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I personally don't worry about it much. Rather than sweat every detail about sweetners, low fat, low carb, etc. I subscribe to the mindset of everything in moderation.

That's exactly where my mindset is at. I made some changes and adjustments but I cannot cut everything out. I am doing the lower carb, lower fat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It was cool to read all of your responses, thanks!

I'm going to give Stevia a try. When I thought about where the 'sweet' was in my diet, I realized that it was almost entirely in drinks! I get me 'sweet' from fruit. No, that's not completely true, I also get it in SF FF pudding and SF Jello. I probably get it somewhere else but I can't think of it. I know I like hot black coffee, but black iced coffee? Uh uh. And Crystal Light has artificial sweeteners in it. See, drinks are my vice, therefore, my problem that must be addresed. I've managed to do well in the food rearrangement in my life, I'll just have to work on my drinks.< /p>

I can do it, just don't wanna! :P tee hee.

Thanks again for all your lovely responses!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My nutritionist says natural is better so go stevia over artificial. She also says she finds small amounts of regular sugar more satisfying.

i really do like stevia. i use it in my Protein Drinks sometimes... with raspberries and Greek yoghurt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recent Topics

  • Most popular:

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Mousiana

      Hate thinking about foods I used to love... Burgers & wings. Gotta stay focused. 😤
      · 1 reply
      1. WilliamZef

        https://gayxxx24.com - GayXXX Free Gay Porn Movies & Videos Free Gay XXX - Gay XXX.

    • Arabesque

      Went to see the Star Wars movie yesterday. (Glad I waited as no one else was in the cinema for the midday session - yes!) Hadn’t been to the cinema for a few months and OMG I suffered the most terrible butt pain.  So uncomfortable. Started after 30 mins. Was in the premium cinema so grabbed a cushion to sit on but it didn’t help. Ended up sitting sideways in the chair, stretched out on an ottoman. Soooo super glad no one else was there. Sometimes I do miss my old butt fat cushioning... but not really. 
      · 1 reply
      1. Panda333

        ha..I have that issue too.....miss my built in pillow!

    • Hollyh

      Approved surgery in am yea!
      · 3 replies
      1. Combowep

        https://blog.earny.me

      2. Tobencah

        Hello

      3. Tobencah

        Hello

    • maggie78

      I have a surgery date, I have my next doctor appointment on Wed and then Thursday I start my 2 week liquid pre-op diet. I am very nervous right now. I know it's going to be a tough mind game. 
      · 1 reply
      1. GreenTealael

        💚 Congratulations, you'll do great 💚

    • SabrinaGoddess

      Week 5 Post Op Report

      What a journey! I am 5 weeks from surgery and a total of 24.4 pounds down!

      I feel amazing! I’ve incorporated a ton of walking and I’m using my Apple Watch to help me along! I have closed all three of my fitness rings for 11 days straight! Ok, so I am in LOVE with my Apple Watch. I've had it for almost a year and I am just now tapping into it's fitness power!

      I keep on top of my protein, vitamins and biotin!

      I struggle with water but I average about 50 ounces a day. I have only had one day where I had to “purge” because something did not agree with me. Tuna and my Tiny Tummy still do not agree so I’m going to leave it alone for a while!

      I walk on average a little more than 3 miles a day for my exercise but manage to get in at least 13,000-17,000 steps a day depending on how my schedule goes.

      I get up every hour and walk around for at least five minutes. Then if I’m watching a show I get up and walk in place during the commercials!

      I meet with my doc this week for a progress report.

      I have one more week before I graduate from soft foods to the final phase!

      I’ve got my cookbooks ready, my food scale ready and my measuring plates ready!

      I could NOT be more happy with my progress! I feel amazing and I’m grateful to have this tool!

      None Scale Victory: My rings on my finger are spinning!




      · 3 replies
      1. Krimsonbutterflies

        Sabrina, you are doing so well. I'm truly inspired and equally excited for you. The view you shared is breathtaking and relaxing, I'm in love with the ocean. Please keep sharing. Where did you find the trackers and how do I access them? My date is approaching the 31st, I'm in liquid diet mode. I see my surgeon on the 17th. Any advice?

      2. SabrinaGoddess

        You got this sis! You totally do.
        The ocean is so peaceful. Some days I get blessed with seeing whales, dolphins and seals. It is truly amazing.

        You can go to under our name at the top left section and click "TICKERS" you can create them there. Then when you lose weight you just go to "my surgery" and change your weight and they will adjust.

        On the liquids, do sugar free pop-cycles. They are more like a treat than a liquid and they count as 2 ounces each! Liquids not the funnest part of our journey but who cares....LOL. I do like the IsoPure clear liquid protein drinks, you can get them at GNC. The flavors are ok. I also LOVED Kettle and FIre Broth and Epic Broths so I drank them all the time, it's good for you. It's BONE BROTH. Kinda pricey but the good stuff usually is.

      3. Krimsonbutterflies

        Thank you for the encouragement/positivity!!! I'm going to conquer this liquid phase, moment by moment. I also appreciate the mini tutorial of how to get the ticker. I'm thinking of starting status updates after my pre-op visit with the surgeon on Friday. I really enjoy the personal perspective and experience being shared, without feeling like the thread is being dominated. I look forward to how each person is approaching the wls lifestyle. Thank you lady, good night. Happy Whale watching. I love seeing the dolphins at Hermosa Beach.

  • Trending Topics

  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs
    ×