We’ve all been aware of the different colored packets of sugar that sit at the restaurant table. Most people have heard multitudes of hearsay about the pink and blue packets. “Those pink packets cause cancer in lab rats.” Or, “did you hear that they embalm the deceased with those blue packets”? Then, all of the sudden, a yellow packet showed up! Splenda, a zero calorie sweetener, this is the answer to all of our sugar problems!! People began buying this in bulk, baking with it, adding it to tea, coffee, you name it, we put Splenda in it! Products today such as quest bars, red bull, most all low calorie or calorie foods are sweetened with Splenda.
Splenda is a scientifically engineered sugar (a.k.a scientific crack cocaine). It’s so great, hard to get enough of this stuff. In fact, it’s 600 times the sweetness of regular table sugar! How are we using so much and not going into a diabetic shock??!
Let me first say this: Splenda has been around for over 60 years. It was first invented in the United Kingdom, by Tate and Lyle. Most of Splenda is organic, made up of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. The kicker: Splenda contains 3 chlorine atoms. Our bodies do not regulate chlorine, it actually sees chlorine as a toxin. This is how Splenda gets away with being a zero calorie sweetener. When you digest Splenda, your body reads, “toxin!!! toxin!!!”, having this engineered sugar bypass your small intestine and is immediately sent for your body to excrete it. The calories from this sweetener are not able to be utilized by the body for energy.
Some people develop acute stomach pains, bloating, diarrhea, lots of digestive issues from this; some people experience nothing! Most people that consume Stevia are eating healthy enough, that their body regulates it just fine.
Is it safe to consume? Is it right for you to consume? I’m going to let you be the judge of that.
Let’s talk about Stevia next. Stevia as most of you know is from the leaf of the stevia plant native to South America. Stevia is made up of all organic atoms, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Your body does not have an aversion to this, as it’s ingredients are all natural. Most products that contain stevia sometimes have to be balanced out with some cane sugar, since stevia has a strong, licorice taste. Anytime you see a product sweetened with Stevia, be sure to check the ingredients list for cane sugar, or look at the amount of sugars in it. It will have more sugar and calories in the product, although it is a more all-natural form of sweetener.
So it’s a toss up! Splenda and Stevia may not be the best choice when it comes to balancing taste and the way the body processes it. Gauge Girl Training’s Christine Hronec recommends Monk Fruit. Monk Fruit is native to Asia. It tastes good, has a low glycemic index, not a lot of calories, and does not have a bad aftertaste. Give that a try next time you are buying a sweetener and let me know what you think!