Hello. This thought came to mind while I was preparing a presentation the other day. Do you remember as a teenager or young adult (or maybe now), ordering your chips and queso, double cheeseburger with curly fries and a diet soft drink, to ‘cancel out the other calories you are ingesting’. Or maybe also because ‘regular is too sweet’.
Everyone laughed when I said the calorie canceling because we do think that. It justifies everything else we are consuming. Or does it? Science News printed an article about research done that “despite the fact that we are no longer starving cavemen, the brain still looks for the sweetness and calories it is ingesting”. Which means, the brains is not connecting the fact that you have had sufficient caloric intake with what you are ingesting so it’s hunger centers are not turned off when the stomach is full. the other thing that this means is that your brain is not fully identifying the ‘sweet’ you have ingested and so it craves MORE sweet. Vicious cycle, huh?
So here we are with obesity at its highest rate ever and childhood obesity growing on a grande scale (no pun intended). Those ‘diet’ drinks aren’t so diet then are they? And the ‘too sweet’ of the regular stuff? Well is that any better? Not really. Scientific American published research about high fructose corn syrup inhibiting insulin production And inhibiting the amount of fullness hormone released to keep you feeling hungry. Can you say pregnant belly (insulin resistance) and overeating? So which is the lesser of 2 evils? In my opinion, I say take the sugar over the fake simply because it is still a form of sugar vs a completely chemical substance. That being said I don’t recommend either. It’s chemically flavored, carbonated water. Pay the extra dollar to go to your health food store and get ‘real’ soda if you are going to drink carbonated beverages vs paying who knows how much for sugar testing strips, insulin and pharmaceuticals.
Or, you could drink good old fashioned water and make unsweetened, decaf, fruit ice tea. that’s what I do at home. And it costs much less. And the kid’s tastebuds aren’t skewed by sweeteners. And everyone is healthy.
What’s the cost of sweeteners in your life?