Friday, March 9, 2012
I Tossed the bag of Splenda
Since starting an effort to eat better and lose a few pounds, I have considered some of the "sugar free" and "fat free" products that are available. But I've decided to stick to foods that I prepare myself and avoid chemical sweeteners.
In the past I have used Splenda from time to time, and had used it in a coleslaw dressing I was going to share with you. But I decided to read more about it and was very surprised by what I learned.
Splenda the dangerous truth
This is a link to a very comprehensive article. It is not the only one I read, but it does ring true. I have tossed the large bag of Splenda that was in my cupboard!
When I went to the store this afternoon I decided to check out "Stevia." But I was caught by a product called Truvia instead.
When I got home I sprinkled some over a cup of fresh strawberries as an afternoon snack. While eating them, I looked up Truvia on the internet, and found it is no better than Splenda and probably has some undesirable side effects!
I am experiencing one of them as I type this: A very unpleasant metallic taste that won't go away.
I wonder if I can return it to the grocery store.
In general, unless I'm making a dessert, I use very little sweetener anyway. I do like a little sugar over fresh strawberries, and some recipes just aren't the same without it (like caramelized onions).
So for now I think I'll go back to using just a little bit of real sugar, honey or other natural sweeteners such as maple syrup.
We often eat without thinking about what we are eating and how it came to be food. I'm just trying to figure out what is best for me, and if I can encourage others to do the same, all the better!
Check out some of the articles by clicking on the links.