|May 3, 2013||Posted by Carrie under attitude about food, Fitness Friday, food|
My blogger friend Laura at Mommy Run Fast is hosting a sugar detox challenge next week. Challening people to give up added sugars for a week. Read her excellent posts: Reasons to Give up Sugar and Tips for Overcoming Sugar Cravings.
I think that sugar has a place in a healthy diet. I do think that if you feel like you consume an overabundance of sugar, a one week challenge of giving it up can be a good thing. At the very least it will help you become aware of all of the sources of unecessary sugar in your life.
While I think that sugar has a place in a healthy diet, I personally try to avoid artificial sweeteners. I have been realizing lately how truly addictive artificial sweetners can be. I really think that they trick your body into craving more and more and then because it’s not ‘real’ sugar, we think it’s okay to consume.
Although I’m not sure what the problem is with real sugar in the first place – one teaspoon has 14 calories, right? I guess it takes a lot to sweeten a drink, so that’s why sugar substitutes are used.
I was reminded of how much I’ve come to cut artificial sweeteners out of my life the other day. I was shopping at Costco and saw someone buying a drink that I used to love. Sparkling Ice is a no calorie drink sweetened with Splenda. Zero calories, a little bit of carbonation. About a year ago, I would love to have one just about every day.
I cracked open my favorite flavor the other day and couldn’t drink it. I got about halfway through and the aftertaste in my mouth was disgusting. It tasted like metal. I had to pour out the rest of the bottle.
I started thinking about the last time I had that drink. It’s been a long time and I really think I’ve cut back tremendously on the artificial sugar in my life. I don’t put sweetner in my coffee, I use real maple syrup on my pancakes and if I have dessert, it’s typically the real deal. I do have a box of low sugar popsicle type treats that I’ll have occasionally, but the last time I had one of those, it wasn’t all that satisfying. And wine has natural sugar, right? 😉 I’m sure there are things I consume that have artificial sweetners, but I try my best to keep them to a minimum. It’s not like I go out of my way to avoid artificial sweetners, I did go and buy the no calorie drink.
I know there’s some in the gum I chew, so it’s not like I never ever have anything artificial, it’s just that I know it’s something that I can cut back on.
The thing that also freaks me out about artificial sweetners is that no one really knows their impact on our bodies. Research shows one thing and then years later we learn that it was really bad for us. Maybe there’s something about the word artificial that should just be cut out of our diets completely. Personally, I like real food.
I’m not linking to any sort of artificial sweetner research in this post – it’s not meant as an educational thing – just my opinion on my surprise that I was so negatively affected by the taste of an artificially sweetened drink that I hadn’t had in about a year. I remembered the pleasure of drinking it (addiction to artificial sweetner?) and I was shocked at how horrible it was.
Are you participating in the sugar detox challenge? Would you say you have a sweet tooth?
I would consider myself to have a sweet tooth, but I’ve learned to only let it run wild when it’s truly worth it.
And a disclaimer: I’m not a trained dietitian or nutritionist. I’m just a blogger with an opinion (is there any other type). Do your own research, make your own decisions based on what is right for you and get advice from your medical doctor.
I’m linking up with Jill’s Fitness Friday Blog Hop today. Go check out all the fitness blogs that are linked up.