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Artificial sweeteners: Why bother?
The research on artificial sweeteners is mixed. Some claim negligible risks and side effects, and that you only need to worry at high doses. Some studies find some pretty scary potential side effects. Some have found that your body reacts to fake sugar like real sugar anyway (i.e., it can still make you fat). I’ve been around long enough to see this play out over and over again for the past few decades. Some new sweetener is created in a lab and proudly announced. It is put into tons of food products and we’re told it’s safe. Then, years later they say; “Ooops! We were wrong. This stuff causes cancer! But now we have this NEW fake sweetener and we’re really sure it’s safe THIS time.”
To hell with that. You know what is safe? Real food. So, I say why eat questionable sweeteners if you don’t have to? I follow a Primal philosophy when it comes to the occasional sweet treat. I mostly eat fruit and nut butters as my treat. If I occasionally want to make a dessert that calls for sweetener I use a little raw organic honey or pure organic maple syrup. Nothing artificial.
Couple of good articles on sweeteners:
Artificial sweeteners. They're ARTIFICIAL! Gasp!
I don’t understand why some people seem to think that Truvia / Stevia is Paleo.
Sure, it originated as a (non-organic) plant. Then they steeped it, “purified it”, concentrated all those lovely pesticides down even more and combined it with the sugar alcohol Erithrytol and “natural flavors”.
Even if the above weren’t true, it’s made by Cargill, known for their environmental issues, contamination and human rights abuses. This study into the awesomeness of the product was produced by people working for Cargill and Coca Cola who, of course, are not biased at all. It’s not like they’re going to tell us that in a couple generations it causes god-knows-what because they didn’t test it long enough to find out. But, you know, the track record on refined foods is so good, it’ll be fiiiiiiiine!
I guess as long as you call it “natural”, it’s all good.
Eff you stevia, truvia. You taste like crap.
Weighed in at 1.2 pounds less than yesterday.After I’n finishing working today, I’ll start the 30 Day Shred. I found it on Exercise TV on OnDemand. Then, for 5.99, I found it on Amazon On Demand, and after today, I’m purchasing it. To hell with Dr. Simeon saying no exercise, or light exercise is needed. Generally I take the weight off and then exercise, but this time, I’m going to exercise hard, every day.
That is what is lacking in the HCG protocol.. The rest isn’t bad, really, if you can actually eat without any sugar, or splenda. I’m not writing this for diabetics, there are products available for that. I ate 2 taco shells yesterday, and they aren’t on the protocol. Personally, the sugar free crap made with stevia tastes like a chemical.After last year, the one thing I said I’d never do was put food in my mouth flavored with Stevia, and I stand by that. Stevia, Truvia, tastes like my bathroom cleaner, and I’m not punishing myself with those compounds. Splenda is doable, to a degree.
I refuse to punish myself cause of a 10 pound weight gain. The only thing with Stevia I’ll be using are Jay Robb shakes, which I swear by. So, yes, I’m on HCG, but fuck the punishment of 10 pounds, which is what the protocol feels like. I’ll lower my sugar intake. I’ll use agave nectar cause it’s damn good, but fuck stevia. It tastes like ass.
THE TRUVIA VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY...
A couple of weeks ago I sailed along to The Truvia Voyage of discovery, put on by the amazing Bompas & Parr.
It was SPECTACULAAAAAR….
The cool library lift that took us to the rooftop.
We were greeted by this lovely lady who gave us a passport (pic at the top) and crystal.
Loved all the cool uniforms designed by Tour de Force…
We were greeted in the middle of the river where we got eat scrummy strawberries dipped in Truvia…
Then we went through the waterfall and got VERY wet…
We exchanged our Crystals for a cocktail in a medicine bottle. It had Havanna rum and all spice and all sorts… it was yum…
It was SUPER fun… I want to do it all again!!!
specifically targeting healthy, green people who want to eat right and do right. With claims for corporate responsibility and celebrity endorsements geared toward a natural lifestyle, Truvia seems like the sweetest thing around. But is it too good to be true?
Truvia is manufactured by Cargill, a behemoth marketer and producer for products of all kinds. The Rainforest Action Network, or RAN, is an organization dedicated to the environment and a longtime critic of Cargill. This raises the question: how “honestly sweet” can Truvia really be?
RAN’s biggest criticism of Cargill is their irresponsibility surrounding palm oil.
Cargill uses 25% of the world’s palm oil, notoriously connected with deforestation and human rights violations. RAN has been campaigning for years, encouraging Cargill to make changes, with no real response from Cargill despite persistent attempts from RAN and its supporters.
While Truvia’s promises to reduce their carbon footprint and waste production sound wonderful, the fact remains that Truvia is a part of Cargill. As consumers, it is difficult to evaluate corporate claims of responsibility. My trusted source for educated shopping, Better World Shopper, which takes an unbiased look at companies’ social and environmental responsibility, does not yet have an evaluation of Truvia since it is new to the market.
For the time being, I’m sticking to Splenda, which gets a “B grade” from Better World Shopper and is calorie-free, just like Truvia, but also keeps my conscience free from worry about deforestation and human rights violations.
I recommend buying the Better World Shopper book or iPhone app, which have comprehensive product evaluations for educated shopping on the go. Make yourself an educated shopper today! Don’t just buy into commercials that sound good without making sure they really are. Educated shopping: now that is honestly sweet.
The truth on Stevia!
Is Stevia Really a Natural Sweetener? Oh my devastating. Does anybody have any insight on Truvia?
Looking for a healthier alternative to sugary high-calorie coffee creamer?
I put about half a cup with a tsp of Carmel and some Truvia
(I like my coffee light and sweet lol)
All together a full cup is about 30 calories! Big difference from that 100+ creamer!
Try it out! Adjust it to your specific tastes, you may just find a yummy replacement!