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    What do you think of Sugar Free Jello, Walden Farms Dressings and fruit spread, and pre-mixed protein shakes like, Muscle Milk Light?

    I want something sweet after dinner most nights and since I have been primal I reach for a sugar free Jello. I'd say I have one or two 5-6 nights a week. Thoughts and opinions?

    I normally make whey protein shakes at home with Dr. Mercola's pure power protein or EAS Vanilla whey but sometimes when I am out and in a pinch I will get Muscle Milk or something similar. This happens once in a blue moon or to cutb a sweet craving in a pinch as well.

    I use Walden Farms salad dressings usually a couple times a week on salads and sometimes I use the fruit spread in my Fage Greek Yogurt.

    Whatcha think?

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    Sugar Free Jello ingredients: Gelatin, Adipic Acid (for Tartness), Disodium Phosphate (Controls Acidity), Maltodextrin (from Corn), Fumaric Acid (for Tartness), Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine.) (Sweetener), Contains Less than 2% of Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Salt, Blue 1, Red 40.

    Why not go for some whole fat yogurt with berries instead and avoid all the crap the sugar free jello contains?

    Walden Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients: Triple filtered purified water, balsamic vinegar, white vinegar, cellulose fiber, salt, dijon mustard, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, natural flavors, natural spices, caramel color, xamthan gum (thickener made from vegetables), sucralose (splenda), sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness).

    There are certainly worse salad dressings out there, but making your own is SO easy!

    Muscle Milk Ingredients (vanilla cream):Evopro™ (our custom protein peptide and amino acid matrix) (Taurine, Whey Peptides, Lactoferrin, Glutamine Peptides, Micellar alpha and beta caseins and caseinates, whey concentrates rich in alpha-lactalbumin, whey isolates, purified bovine colostrum extract rich in secretory IgA and IGF-1), Lean Lipids™ (L-Carnitine, Canola Oil, MCT's, sunflower and/or safflower oil), Fructose, Maltodextrin, Cytovite 1™ (Biotin, Cholecalciferol, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCl, Ascorbic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Riboflavin, Potassium Chloride, Copper Gluconate, Ferrous Fumarate, Pantothenic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Folate, Vitamin A Acetate, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Chromium Nicotinate), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Creatine GCC, our proprietary, endogenous creatine precursor (SAMe, Glutamine, Betaine anhydrous), Soy Lecithin, Stevia, Lo Han Extract

    This stuff is full of various crap including canola oil, soy lecithin, etc. You should also never lose your place while reading ingredients on your food!
    Last edited by supersellen; 08-31-2011, 01:03 PM.
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    • #3
      Fake sugar is nasty. Aspartame is "generally regarded as safe" despite all kinds of neurological disorders spiking the year or two after it was approved. My wife gets instant migraines from it, as it breaks down into aldehydes (like formaldehyde, which is used to preserved dead things) in your body.

      From that, I don't trust the rest of the fake sugars either.

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      • #4
        Home made would be better. Sometimes I make gelatin with unsweetened gelatin, stevia and some fruit.

        It is easy to make healthier salad dressings.

        No opinion on the Muscle Milk.
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        • #5
          Walden Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients: Triple filtered purified water, balsamic vinegar, white vinegar, cellulose fiber, salt, dijon mustard, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, natural flavors, natural spices, caramel color, xamthan gum (thickener made from vegetables), sucralose (splenda), sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness).

          There are certainly worse salad dressings out there, but making your own is SO easy!
          Cellulose fiber is wood pulp, so if you don't mind eating wood, go for it!
          Actually, you don't even have to make salad dressing, just pour some olive oil over your salad, toss, and then sprinkle with some balsamic vinegar and grind some pepper on top.

          I also second the yogurt and fruit dessert idea, it's easy and delicious and satisfying.
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          • #6
            I do make salad dressings and I do eat the greek yogurt concoction. Sometimes I also eat the fake stuff.

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            • #7
              I tried one of the Walden Farms dressings a couple of months ago and got severe cramping. Being either of a scientific mind or a glutton for punishment, I tried it again a few nights later and got the same result, at which point The Boyfriend muttered something about my supposed level of intelligence and tossed it in the trash.

              Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame. Even if they were completely safe, which I absolutely do not believe (from even as far back as Russell L. Blaylock's 1996 Book "Excitotoxins"), they have been shown to increase hunger because the brain thinks sugar is on its way, then the body never gets it, so it craves it.

              Have to agree with the yogurt and berries. Great stuff. And the longer you keep feeding the need for sweet, the longer you'll have problems with it. Stop eating sweet stuff and the cravings go away.
              Durp.

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              • #8
                Why not go for some whole fat yogurt with berries instead and avoid all the crap the sugar free jello contains?
                THIS. Oh my goodness, so, so good. If you need a bit of extra sweetness, drizzle on a little bit of honey. Best dessert ever.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by perceptionfitness View Post
                  I do make salad dressings and I do eat the greek yogurt concoction. Sometimes I also eat the fake stuff.
                  1 or 2 SF jellos 5 or 6 nights a week is a pretty significant amount. I would try to get off the fake stuff as much as possible.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cin View Post
                    THIS. Oh my goodness, so, so good. If you need a bit of extra sweetness, drizzle on a little bit of honey. Best dessert ever.
                    Does the honey not have too much sugar? I don't eat honey daily/weekly b/c of all the sugar. I may have it every blue moon. I try to keep my sugars for the entire day under 25 grams. I track my food every day at my fitness pal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by supersellen View Post
                      1 or 2 SF jellos 5 or 6 nights a week is a pretty significant amount. I would try to get off the fake stuff as much as possible.
                      sometimes I eat the good stuff, sometimes I eat the bad stuff. Sometimes I mix it up. LOL!

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                      • #12
                        I totally agree! I am slowly weaning. making big changes over night does not work for me. One day I will be in a space where I do not eat the Jello-- ever!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by perceptionfitness View Post
                          Does the honey not have too much sugar? I don't eat honey daily/weekly b/c of all the sugar. I may have it every blue moon. I try to keep my sugars for the entire day under 25 grams. I track my food every day at my fitness pal.
                          Very, very little honey, merely the smallest dizzle -- like less than 1/2 teaspoon.

                          It's very, very good without thehoney too.

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                          • #14
                            People tend to have individual reactions to sweeteners. But here's my observation (just of me, but it's something.)

                            Sugar free jello= aspartame, right? I find aspartame to be bad news. And there's waaaay better alternatives. Consider dumping this one.

                            Dunno about the dressings or spreads, but it's usually easier to just make your own. Then you can choose exactly what goes into it. Commercial spreads and dressings are usually full of cornstarch, sugar, HFCS, etc. Yuck. They're easy to make with a blender, too.

                            Not sure about the protein shake. I think most of them use sucralose? Its not as bad as aspartame by a long shot. It's not great either.

                            I think the best options are:
                            -stevia. My fave. But some people don't like the aftertaste.
                            -xylitol. It's more delicate in flavor, and you can cook with it. Give it a try.
                            -small amounts of honey. This is technically a whole food. Some people prefer it.

                            Sucralose (splenda) won't kill you, I have some sometimes, but it's inferior to the options above.

                            But you kind of have to try these out and see how you react, and then choose the best one for you.

                            Nothing 'once in a blue moon' is going to cause much significant damage anyway.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CandylandCanary View Post
                              People tend to have individual reactions to sweeteners. But here's my observation (just of me, but it's something.)

                              Sugar free jello= aspartame, right? I find aspartame to be bad news. And there's waaaay better alternatives. Consider dumping this one.

                              Dunno about the dressings or spreads, but it's usually easier to just make your own. Then you can choose exactly what goes into it. Commercial spreads and dressings are usually full of cornstarch, sugar, HFCS, etc. Yuck. They're easy to make with a blender, too.

                              Not sure about the protein shake. I think most of them use sucralose? Its not as bad as aspartame by a long shot. It's not great either.

                              I think the best options are:
                              -stevia. My fave. But some people don't like the aftertaste.
                              -xylitol. It's more delicate in flavor, and you can cook with it. Give it a try.
                              -small amounts of honey. This is technically a whole food. Some people prefer it.

                              Sucralose (splenda) won't kill you, I have some sometimes, but it's inferior to the options above.

                              But you kind of have to try these out and see how you react, and then choose the best one for you.

                              Nothing 'once in a blue moon' is going to cause much significant damage anyway.
                              I do use stevia and really like it, sometimes I put that in my yogurt. sometimes I do eat the yogurt plain as well, it depends on what I am hungry for

                              I have a blend tek blender and make all kinds of dressings and stuff but sometimes I use the bottled stuff.

                              Thanks for your response!

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