Why are people so terrified of sugar? All you see anywhere is low sugar this and sugar-free that. Yeah, these products have fewer calories, but at what cost?
Think about it… if they’re taking the sugar out… but it’s still sweet… hmm, what did they put back in it?
Probably one of the following:
1. Aspartame – “Aspartame is the methyl ester of the dipeptide of the natural amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine. Under strongly acidic blah blah blah…” Say what, Wikipedia? It’s the one you’ll find in the pink (NutraSweet) and blue (Equal) packets. The acceptable daily intake (ADI) is set at 40mg/2.2lbs of body weight. A 120-pound person like myself would then be allotted around 2180mg of aspartame a day, or about 6 teaspoons–1tsp is like a packet. How many packets did you just put in your coffee? How many do you think are in that Diet Coke? Watch yourself, sweetener addict.
2. Splenda – Splenda is a sucralose-based artificial sweetener, or the one in the yellow packet. Did you know that sucralose was discovered in 1976 by scientists seeking a new pesticide formula? The FDA calls it natural because it’s derived from sugar, but the FDA also has no official definition of the word “natural”. Yes, Splenda starts as sugar, but then three of the hydroxyl groups are replaced with chlorine atoms. Chlorine is a chlorocarbon. You know what else is? Pesticides.
3. Stevia – Stevia is the latest in the sweetener craze–only this one’s not artificial because it’s derived from an herb. Some people think it will prove to be dangerous once enough time has passed to complete studies on it. Others rave about it as the only safe sweetener out there. All I have to say is that, at 3oo times the sweetening power of sugar, Stevia is gross. I put less than half a packet in my coffee one day to see what all the talk was about. I had to dump it out. Don’t do it.
There are, like, 15 calories in a packet of real sugar. 15 calories, fool. Are all of these other sweeteners going to kill you? I will venture to say absolutely not. But do you really want to risk it for 15 freaking calories? Eat the sugar packet. You’ll be fine.
Confession: I drink an occasional Diet Dr. Pepper. Get off my back.