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Artificial sweeteners


Just to add a little to the discussion regarding artificial sweeteners I have just read an article on the subject where a scientific study had taken place on sucralose (Spenda).

It found that on some obese people who has not used it regularly before it can raise blood sugar and insulin. To quote

Bottom Line: Sucralose may raise blood sugar and insulin levels in people who do not consume artificial sweeteners regularly. However, it probably has no effect in people who regularly use artificial sweeteners.

Makes me feel a little better as I use it all the time although it was a small study.

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Let's face it, the alternative for most of us is sugar. And that puts the sweetners ahead of the game for us. I do think our bodies are fooled by some sweetners into reacting as though we have eaten or drunk sugar when we haven't, but for me, that only makes it nearly as bad as sugar. I do try to sweeten with fruit or veg, when it is an option. Even jam has less sugar than sugar! But when sweetner is the best option, I go with sweetner. Hardly manage to use a 2lb bag per year, unless baking for others. I do use a wide range of sweetners, though my favourite is the powder because it is easier to use less. I do find a lot of sweetners are way too sweet, in the amounts they are packaged in.

ZestHealthy BMI

Hi Andy,

That's really interesting, and good to know. Do you mind if I copy and paste the link to your comment to the original 'discussion thread' on Artificial sweeteners, as I think it's a good point, and people could refer to your comment, so it's included there?

Hope you're having a great week.

Lowcal :-)

Andyt2120 in reply to Zest

Not a problem. I don't know how to do such technical things so thank you.

ZestHealthy BMI in reply to Andyt2120

Thanks Andy, I'll do that.

Lowcal :-)

I can't take sweeteners they give me serious heart pulpatations x

Does sugar have the same effect, Paula?

No only artificial sweeteners x

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