Sugar Free

By Lelebell82 Latest Reply 2013-11-19 23:00:15 -0600
Started 2013-11-17 17:44:44 -0600

I keep reading bad things about sugar free food and drinks. What are your opinions?

9 replies

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-11-19 04:24:48 -0600 Report

I use Truvia/stevia if I use it at all. You're better off to have the sugar and just account for it. But have it in moderation. Use natural sweeteners like honey or adding sweet fruit and fresh juices to your cooling. A little orange zest goes a long way.

jigsaw 2013-11-18 19:24:14 -0600 Report

I have come across a great deal of controversy on this subject as far back as I can remember. I doubt that chemicals, or artificial anything is healthy to ingest. That's why I use artificial sweetners minimally. Just a bit in my coffee in the morning, and an occasional diet soda. That's about it for me. I know sugar is definitely out of the question, except in micro quantities. I've been doing this for at least 20 years, and so far, I'm doing well. I never touched artificial sweetners until after I was diagnosed. So, after 20 years of diabetes, and a bit of artificial sweetner now and then, I still feel good, my weight has remained fairly consistent, and, I'm still not perfect, but I'm working on it. (-;

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-17 20:13:53 -0600 Report

Too much controversy surrounding it. I use and eat sugar free foods. I can't use natural sweeteners because of the reaction I get from them.

GabbyPA 2013-11-17 19:42:06 -0600 Report

I was raised on sugar free foods and drinks. What did that get me? Obese and diabetic. Hmmmm.....

I don't do sugar free anything in my pantry any more. I eat whole foods as close to their natural state as I can. One of the first things I did when I found out about how many sugar substitutes mess up our bodies was purge the pantry of all of it. I was amazed at how much better I felt and how much weight I lost after I got rid of it all.

I do still chew gum with it and have an occasional diet drink, but for the most part, it is not part of my diet any longer.

Amy143 2013-11-18 19:37:34 -0600 Report

Good to know. Sounds like an easy trap to get caught in.

craftydebbie 2013-11-19 23:00:15 -0600 Report

I never trusted sugar free. it contains aspartame, and that is really bad for you. So I always ate regular foods, but sparingly. I was just diagnosed with diabetes last month. I told my boyfriend that it's his fault. He was always eating sweets when I met him, and lots of junk foods. When I moved in with him, it was hard on me cause sweet foods was my weakness, and when I lived alone I never had it in my home. But his cupboards held too much temptation, and I found myself eating them again. Then we quit smoking together, and the pounds jumped on!! And 1 1/2 yrs. later I'm diabetic. That put a halt to all the sweets!! He was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. So now we are on a diet together. I've been losing weight too. I drink water or coffee or hot green tea (unsweetened).

Nick1962 2013-11-17 18:09:28 -0600 Report

I don’t do sugar free or substitutes for anything. I’m not a sweet eater by nature, but when I do get a craving, the real thing satisfies it with usually just one bite. A substitute just doesn’t cut it and I often end up eating more. Same goes with low fat.
My biggest issue with substitutes and stuff is that, aside from the chemical value/toxins, it keeps you chained to your house. I like to travel, and I’m not going to pass up certain things just because they’re not sugar free or full fat. It takes some discipline, but the rewards are worth it with much tastier foods.

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