With all the controversy about sugars, I thought id share my current opinion. I started cutting out cane sugar many years ago with sweet-n-low. I then evolved into equal and then onto splenda, agave, truvia, a few others and now back to cane sugar (ok...I admit, I enjoy organic and raw sugar).
In my quest for natural sweetners, I was eager to move out of my equal & splenda days. However as I learned each type of sweetener had its pros and cons, & which one was better for which type of drink or food... I completely forgot the reason I was even looking to change my ways.
So I had to ask myself...what was my goal? Although I love my morning coffee and maybe another in the afternoon, I realized I really dont consume a lot of processed sugars. and when I do its bc I want to enjoy a very positive experience. For example, a birthday cake or a rarely enjoyed end of meal dessert.
I realised Ive completely bought into the media and social opinion that I should cut calories by using processed sweeteners. Then there was a ah ha moment for me! I can waste my time counting calories or spend my time making healthy choices to include a healthy balanced lifestyle. Treating my body right means enjoying in moderation and conscious mind the gift of whole foods in their most natural form.
Many continue to use processed substitutes for sugar and so my research began. I learned that although these substitutes are FDA approved and based on the natural plant Stevia, the verdict is still out on whether they are BETTER for you.
The processing of Truvia and similar substitutes include ethanol and erythritol (sugar alcohol). oh and then I learn they are now considering using truvia as a pesticide for fruit flies cause they kill them faster than all other sweeteners. What? Although they are zero calories...is it worth it given the amount of sugar you really consume?
Yes, I am back to regular raw sugar and organic cane sugar now. I also grow a stevia plant to use when I want and how I want. The reason people started substituting for sugar (with the exception of those with sugar free medical needs) in my opinion is bc of calories! If the world got a bit healthier they would realise what a waste calorie counting is and look at whats really causing our health problems! (Thats a whole new blog post!)
Nothing is Impossible!