Refined sugar: a dentist’s nightmare and a dieter’s hellish temptation.
It’s true. I’m one of those girls. I am a diet pop drinking, sugar-free pudding popping, vanilla lite latte lovin Splenda slave. I can barely type that all out without feeling a little sad on the inside.
Every morning when I rip open another Splenda pack to dump in my old-fashioned oats, I think to myself, “Should I really throw this in the mix?” Yet I can’t resist. For some reason, I’d rather “save” the sugar calories and dump a packet of chemicals into a bowl of virgin oats.
Molly and I are quite different in this respect when it comes to our regular diets. For years, I have picked sugar-free or reduced sugar options at grocery stores, coffee shops, and beyond. I’m not crazed. But if the option is available, I usually take it. I know about the controversies related to artificial sweetners, and sometimes I think about long-term health effects like getting cancer or growing an extra arm out of the small of my back. I do enjoy stevia, as a zero calorie, natural sugar alternative, more than Splenda, for it doesn’t have that same creepy “death” aftertaste. I just haven’t made it to the grocery store lately to stock up. Instead, I take handfuls of Splenda packets from the dying Burger King downstairs.
Molly, on the other hand, is au natural. She prefers moderation as a means to watching sugar consumption (and believe me, I can pound down real sweets with the best of them) and sneers at anything fat-free and/or sugar-free. Quite frankly, some of her “no artificial additives” outlook has rubbed off on me. Duh, I’d rather put natural things in my body than unnatural (aside from botox and tar).
Here are some natural alternatives to refined sugar (they may not be sugar-free, but at least they’re not chemicals): honey (personal fave), agave, maple syrup, maple sugar, and date sugar. There are many refined sugar alternatives out there. But I’m an ignorant fool, so the ones listed above are the ones I’ve heard the most chatter about. Life is all about learning, right? I should spend more time doing that…
Hearts & farts for now, friends.
P.S. Did I mention that one of the Wuollet Bakery owners stopped by with a 5+ pound box of brownies for me today? FACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCK. I have resisted for six hours. Thy will is strong.
P.P.S Poll time! See below.