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  • Splenda Addict

    Hey Guys: Just started the PB way of eating after reading the book. I have always been low carb, in good shape but in my first week of this new way of eating. The hardest part for me has been adding so much fat to my diet as I have always been low carb/low fat. But my allergies suck so hoping this helps and I have to say...three eggs over easy and a side of bacon is awfully fun! ANYWAY, I am a 99-1 guy...but need my coffee and my Splenda (dextrose, maltodextrin, sucralose) with it. But for the Splenda I am wholly Primal. Am I better off having real sugar instead (ewwww)? What are the effects of these artificial sweeteners on my body? Should I be concerned or scared straight to black coffee (I don't like creamers). Lastly, should I be limiting my coffee intake. I currently drink about three cups of strong coffee a day. Way addicted.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    This was all I had to read a couple of years ago to get me off the White Death.

    I had 100% of all the symptoms and had no idea that it was from the splenda.

    I actually went on Prozac for a time thinking I was depressed (and if you know me, "depressed" is
    not in my vocabularly - more "hyper and annoyingly happy" is more like it).

    When I quit the splenda (I was using 10 packets a day), I noticed improvements in two weeks.

    After that, I was a brand new person!

    Artificial Sweeteners -- More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined

    Julie

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    • #3
      poison in a packet!
      Free your mind, and your Grok will follow!

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      • #4
        You don't need it. It's poison.

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        • #5
          I used to love Splenda - bought into the whole "natural, made from sugar etc" crap. It has been POSSIBLY LINKED to several illnesses including thyroid disorder. And i did develop Graves disease after consuming it like mad for years.... Not saying it caused it, just saying i'm sure it didn't help my health. Now my motto is if i can't grow it, i won't eat it.... Stevia is my sweetener of choice, i actually grow my own and make my own extract... but i think even the store bought is FAR better than any sugar substitute. In a pinch however, regular (raw) sugar is my go-to.....

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          • #6
            I go back and forth on stuff like this.

            First, you're not going to be perfect overnight. I've been doing this for a year now, and I do it MUCH better now than I did when I started, and I've experimented with lots of different things over the course of the year.

            However, there has been a constant in that I've gotten DRASTICALLY healthier over the course of the year.

            So part of me thinks that the Splenda (even though it's nasty stuff) probably isn't the biggest of worries right now.

            The other part of me wants to tell you to cut it for 30 days (you can do without it for a month), and see how feel. Then, if you want, add it back in, and see if you notice anything different.

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            • #7
              I've been a Splenda addict for years. On January 1, only 5 days ago, I started eating "truly" paleo, and I started following Dr. Kruse's recs: Super hi-pro breakfast, absolutely zero snacking, addince coconut oil every chance I get. I bought some Stevia for my morning coffee but had run out.

              So right now, as I type, I'm drinking coffee with 2 packets of Splenda, as I don't have any more Stevia. I was JUST thinking, right before I read this thread, how "too sweet" and awful my coffee tastes, and how I need to get back to the Stevia, or even none at all.

              For the month of December, I "tried" (yes, in quotes) to eat Paleo but I binged on sugar because it was there. So I decided to really start the Leptin Reset on Jan. 1. I have slept better these past 5 nights than in the past 5 years.

              I think that with time, the sweet cravings for Splenda will completely go away. All I can say right now is, I can't stand the thought of finishing this cup of coffee, but I put 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil in it & I don't want to waste it.

              Pam
              5'2" 156.6 lbs.
              Turning 50 in a couple of months....
              Would loooove to get off this Synthroid
              Truly Paleo since 1/1/2012 (Doing Leptin reset)
              Turned 50 on 3/8/2012 !!!
              5'2" Female
              11/27/2011: 162.8 lbs.
              7/15/12 : 148.6 lbs.
              Clean Paleo diet: Lots of CO, Meat, Seafood, and doing CT 5x/week, 40 mins @ 50-52 degrees F

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              • #8
                you're better off using a tsp or two of sugar than eating that crap. what part of "artificial sweetener" makes it appetizing or a good choice to people? i just don't get stuff like this...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                  you're better off using a tsp or two of sugar than eating that crap. what part of "artificial sweetener" makes it appetizing or a good choice to people? i just don't get stuff like this...
                  +1

                  That's exactly what I did, too.

                  Started off with a tablespoon a day (yeah, I know, get off me) for a week, to half of one, then a teaspoon a day, then to nothing
                  but 15g of heavy cream in my coffee.

                  It took a month, but man did I feel better.

                  My husband still uses splenda and feels nothing from it. 3 packets.

                  I make his coffee for him on the weekends along with mine, and one time I took a sip, thinking
                  it was mine, but it was HIS. I almost spit it all over the kitchen it was so damn sweet. Holy f*ckballs
                  I thought to myself! I used to drink that shit all the time and think NOTHING of it. GAH!

                  Nasty disgusting Cup -O- Chemicals...... can't even CALL it a cup of joe - joe DIED.

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                  • #10
                    Only you can determine if it is impacting you badly. Try going without for at least 2 weeks, and see if you want to go back.

                    In my case, stopping to drink coffee drastically improved my sleep and energy levels. The first week was hell on Earth, and then it was great. Now, i drink a cup of hot broth instead of coffee in the morning. I just buy Campbell's Organic, dilute it some with water to prevent the salt kick, and I find that it smells, tastes and picks me up waaay better than coffee!

                    With sugar, I never had it in coffee or tea, ever since my grandma put salt into my tea by mistake when i was 6 yo, but I used splenda on dairy and in smoothies, then switched to Stevia, and now I am doing Whole 30 at a 'no sweet flavors' clause, no fruit, no sweet potato, no carrots... I know that I am a sugar addict, and I really want to break the dependency.
                    My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                    • #11
                      You "need" air. You "need" food. You "need" water. You don't need Splenda. It didn't exist ten years ago and you survived. You can survive without it now. Stop buying it. Look into Sweetleaf brand stevia extract or Stevita brand powdered stevia - but NOT packets because they're packed in maltodextrin. I'd much rather use a few teaspoons of white sugar than that cancerous Splenda garbage. I'm on a Whole 30 which allows ZERO sweetener, natural or artificial - not even real Stevia leaves - and I'm drinking extra bold coffee black and unsweetened. I'm surviving.
                      Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                      • #12
                        black coffee tastes like ass


                        >runs<

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                        • #13
                          Matter of taste. Brew it weaker/dilute, and you can drink it without gagging and it has its medicinal effect. The actual good coffee is only fracked by dairy and sugar.
                          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                          When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                          • #14
                            Idk--I've always thought that if you have to put something in coffee to drink it, then chances are you don't actually like coffee, and you should be drinking something else.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by InSearchOfAbs View Post
                              This was all I had to read a couple of years ago to get me off the White Death.

                              I had 100% of all the symptoms and had no idea that it was from the splenda.

                              Artificial Sweeteners -- More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined

                              Julie
                              That link has absolutely nothing to do with Splenda.

                              Regardless, I'm in agreement with everyone that Splenda is not food (obviously) and should probably be avoided. My reasoning is that Splenda is a completely unnatural compound (I think it's chlorinated sugar, right?) that has no nutritional value. So by using it I'd not only be getting zero nutritional benefit, I'd also be asking by body to deal with something that it definitely didn't evolve to deal with.

                              From what I understand there are very, very few studies on the safety of Splenda (and most of the ones that do exist were conducted/funded by the people who make Splenda).

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