Keeping on the drinks theme, it's real sugar or bust for me, as of 1 week ago. I have officially quit false sugars like Splenda, Nutrasweet, Stevia, etc.
In today's era of calorie consciousness, diet sodas are all the rage. In fact, of the top 10 soda brands in the US, 4 are diet. Diet Coke is #2 in the US, ahead of Pepsi.
Recently, I have been hearing more theories about the potential harms of false sugars. In general, they are:
3) Increased Hunger
Theories 2 and 3 have driven me away from sugar substitutes.
1) I drink regular sodas (colas, etc.) but limit the quantity. For example, I'll drink half a can of Coke, (70 calories).
3) I make my own soda at home. I buy mineral water or club soda and mix that with a citrus fruit juice (orange, lime, or grapefruit). I then add some sugar syrup, which I make by boiling sugar with water. For a 16 oz drink, I probably consume about 80-100 calories.
4) I order unsweetened iced tea at restaurants, and then sweeten to taste.
I'm happy with my changes, although they will take some adjustment after so many years of diet soda consumption. What are your thoughts on sugar substitutes and real sugar?