Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A Sugar Snob Taste Tests Splenda and Other Sweeteners

Personally I consider sugar to be one of the worst foods you can eat. (There is scientific evidence to back me up, check out Sugar Shock Blog if you want to know more about the effects of sugar.) Anyone who is trying to lose weight probably wants to avoid sugar, no matter what kind of diet you are following. After all, it's nothing but empty calories, with no nutritional value to speak of.

But what if you are just wondering about the taste of sugar versus Splenda, Equal, Sugar Twin or Saccharin, to name a few of the other sweeteners that are available at your local grocer? Slate.com recently published an interesting article in which a self-professed "real-sugar snob" compared the real thing with the sweeteners. In a nutshell, she concluded maybe real sugar isn't always better tasting. (But then, some of us already knew that, didn't we?) Read the whole article here.

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  1. Thank goodness somebody else did the baking tests - now that can come off the list! Unless your experience is otherwise??? Great post ... Alanna

  2. I agree, I wouldn't have wanted to test all those products. I thought the results were interesting.

  3. Interesting article.

    I noticed that the folks over on the Sugar Shock blog's email list don't care for any artificial sweeteners, including Splenda. Some people are really into Stevia as an alternative, but others believe that it's best not to eat anything sweet no matter what. I'm not sure if I'd ever go that far, but artificial sweeteners do strike me as pretty iffy, even if some of them taste better than the read thing.


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