A great way to minimize calorie intake and carbohydrate intake is to use artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners trigger the cephalic stage of insulin secretion. Artificial sweeteners can help better prepare the body for absorbing nutrients. Artificial sweeteners do not change our drive to eat sugar.
I used to hate the taste of artificial sweeteners and I wasn’t able to manage drinking artificially sweetened pop. It took me a long time to get used to the taste, but then again, I used to have to have 2 tbsp of sugar in my coffee in order to be able to stand the taste of coffee.
When I started to have trouble with my weight, what I did was I wean myself off of the sugar in my coffee by lessening the amount I would pt in it over a period of time. It actually helped my process to have people around me that didn’t put sugar in their coffee, so for them it was normal. It did’t take me very long to get out of the habit of putting in those two tbsp and after a period of time, drinking coffee without sugar, came my new normal. Even the thought of adding sugar to my coffee now, is just a disgusting thought.
I love pop, especially coke or pepsi. I would drink a couple every day, but once I started to not be able to manage my weight gain I started to look for food choices that could be easy transitions from high sugar intake to no sugar intake. The most obvious was to change my choice of sweetened pop, so I bit the bullet and started buying sugar free. This does go to show that you can change your taste buds, and now, I don't even taste the artificially sweetened pop as anything different than just pop.
I have heard that artificial sweeteners interfere with our ability to regulate how much we eat and that it could actually trigger more hunger and therefore more weight gain. There was a study done in which two groups of rats were fed sweet flavoured fluids for ten days. One group got the sugar sweetened, while the other group of rats got the saccharin. At the end of the ten days both groups of rats got a chocolate flavoured reward and their regular food. Both groups ate the same amount of chocolate reward but the rats that received the saccharin ate three times the amount of regular food.
There has been no support to this type of overeating in studies done of human participants.
The other thing that I have really heard a lot of, which did stop me for a time using artificial sweeteners, was to do with the media and the questionable link between artificial sweeteners and diseases such as cancer. There have been many, many studies conducted researching if there is actually a link between cancer and the ingestion of artificial sweeteners, but similar to the studies done on increased food intake, there has been no conclusive evidence found.
The main artificial sweeteners are aspartame (Equal), saccharine (Sweet and Low), and sucralose (Splenda). For most of the baking that I do now, if it needs to have a sweetener, I use the Splenda. Splenda works really, really well, and I find that the food tastes just as if I have added sugar.
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