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July 1, 2012 5:06 PM
Latest studies show a link between high glycemic foods and weight gain or lack off weight loss.....sucralose is mentioned which is what splenda is made of.....thoughts anyone? I use alot of splenda and cannot lose!
  14288517
July 1, 2012 5:11 PM
I WAS TOLD NOT TO USE SPLENDA BECAUSE IT HAS SUCRALOSE. SO I USE SWEET N LOW AND STEVIA. I'VE LOST 12 LBS SO FAR. GOOD LUCK
  22768436
July 1, 2012 5:13 PM
Could you post a link to the study you are referring to? I'd really like to read it. Thanks much!
  23913744
July 1, 2012 5:15 PM
Yes, try changing it and see what happens. I'm trying to not use so much artificial sweeteners. After finding out Monsanto
created some of them. Scary! It's really hard to get away from all of it but a little at a time. I switched to butter instead of chemicals in margarine. Sweet cream, salt.....feels safer.
  11527426
July 1, 2012 5:15 PM
QUOTE:

Latest studies show a link between high glycemic foods and weight gain or lack off weight loss.....sucralose is mentioned which is what splenda is made of.....thoughts anyone? I use alot of splenda and cannot lose!


Please post the studies as that sounds ridiculous. There are no magic foods that can halt weight loss
July 1, 2012 5:16 PM
I just switched to Stevia today when I went shopping this morning
July 1, 2012 5:19 PM
I use Splenda or Safeway brand sucralose and never have suspected it of causing me not to lose weight. If I stay on my meal plan, I lose weight according to my calorie deficit.

Edit: I don't use mega quantities. Maybe 4-6 envelopes per week and if I decide to make sugar free brownies, etc. I don't drink diet beverages.

I did a Google search and did find a few "snake oil" books about how sucralose will make you sick and die. Of course the authors are pushing other products.
Edited by delilah47 On July 1, 2012 5:24 PM
July 1, 2012 5:21 PM
I recently switched from Splenda to Truvia. If nothing else, I like the taste better.
  23159244
July 1, 2012 5:23 PM
I heard about this, too, on Dr. Oz. He is very against artifical sweeteners. I don't add any to my coffee or anything really but I do enjoy Crystal Lite and occassionally diet soda. I've been drinking a lot of water now and of course coffee (I could never give that up)
  15421
July 1, 2012 5:24 PM
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I heard about this, too, on Dr. Oz


Then you can be sure it's nonsense.
July 1, 2012 5:25 PM
I have been off sucralose/Splenda for over a year and not only have I lost weight since going off it (I now use Sweet n Low or Agave and on occasion refined sugar or sugar in the raw ), I also no longer have joint and muscle pain in my legs. I have read since going off it that it has some weird effects on some people, which might explain what I experienced, but I don't know for sure.
  18757067
July 1, 2012 5:26 PM
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I heard about this, too, on Dr. Oz


Then you can be sure it's nonsense.


Yeah, this ^^ Dr Oz has ruined his reputation by hawking weird crap.
July 1, 2012 5:26 PM
I use Equal in my coffee every morning, every day of the year. I''ve lost 20 lbs since April. I'm burning more calories than I take in. Turns out that's the only way we can lose. Best of luck!
  20620650
July 1, 2012 5:27 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:
I heard about this, too, on Dr. Oz


Then you can be sure it's nonsense.


lolz i use splenda and ive been losing weight just fine.
July 1, 2012 5:28 PM
I'm not quoting a scientific study - but my own personal experience. When I use / consume artificial sweeteners in any large quantity - I have horrid carb cravings. When I cut the consumption of them down...cravings are less. I started drinking Diet Coke again (oh, caffeine bliss) and I have been noticing horrible cravings again. It's even worse around TOM..so for me perhaps it's also hormonal.

It seems I have read somewhere that b/c artificial sweeteners are *SO* sweet they can trick the body - but whether that is truly physiological or psychological - I don't know.

Personally I like Truvia / Stevia in the Raw better...the less processed, the better. I say if you think it's causing you issues - eliminate it and see what happens.
  12071759
July 1, 2012 5:29 PM
I've been on MFP for over 130 days now and 35 lbs gone and I'm pretty sure I use Splenda every day. 1 packet per cup of coffee or tea, 2-3 times a day. Also drink a fair number of Diet Cokes per day too. Of course, you results may vary.
Edited by RipperSB On July 1, 2012 5:32 PM
  17755390
July 1, 2012 5:30 PM
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Edited by RipperSB On July 1, 2012 5:31 PM
  17755390
July 1, 2012 5:34 PM
It's not f*cking sorcery, seriously.

High GI foods are known to to spike insulin. This does not simply make you fat, it does not make you magically store calories out of thin air. If you need to eat 1500 calories a day to maintain and you eat 1000 calories of white rice covered in splenda along with five oranges day in and day out and you will still lose weight.

Feel like ass, but lose weight.

Sh*t liquid, but lose weight.

The reason why people get their jimmies all rustled over high GI foods is because insulin spikes can make you want to eat. This is why these tend to be linked towards obesity, but the reality is that it is not the splenda that makes you fat; it's the crap food you ate and washed down with a diet coke to convince yourself it was okay to binge that makes you fat.

Seriously, splenda is one of the tamest artificial sweeteners out there, and one or two packets a day isn't going to impact your diet one bit. Your actions and what you put in your mouth will.

So keep eating splenda, or if you want to feel better try stevia; you can grow it in your herb garden.

Whatever blows your hair back.
Edited by chris1816 On July 1, 2012 5:35 PM
July 1, 2012 5:34 PM
Has anyone found the article?
  5246389
July 1, 2012 5:34 PM
@cressievargo

I don't believe sucralose can trick your body into thinking it's sugar. If it did, diabetics couldn't use it. I do believe, however, some people may be sensitive to sucralose, just like they may be to any other food.
July 1, 2012 5:38 PM
I don't know about Splenda, but for my 2 cents, I use stevia and I'm really happy with it. I got it purely because it wasn't artificial / chemical. I wanted to get rid of the calories from putting sugar in my coffee, but wasn't ready to go to unsweetened, so bought stevia, and used that (1 calorie!!!) instead of sugar for a few weeks, cutting down the amount slowly till I was used to drinking coffee with no sweetener at all.
(Although even now if I make myself a super strong coffee I'll sometimes put in a tiny sprinkle of stevia to cut the bitterness.)
So if you're uneasy about the Splenda, I'd suggest switching to stevia, and see if anything changes. At the very least it has to be better for your health to use something natural rather than chemical.
  12689084
July 1, 2012 5:38 PM
I read a study that was done in Europe and wasn't attempting to sell other products. It makes sense that bleaching sugar is not going to make it good for you. That said, I have chosen to remain using Splenda. I have tried all the really natural alternatives that interested me and I don't like them. Some of them were even still processed in harmful ways - I think Truvia was, but not certain. If I can find the article on Splenda I will post it...no longer have it bookmarked.
  20336313
July 1, 2012 5:44 PM
by no means should splena alone prevent you from losing weight....either your intake is too high for your activity level or you have a medical condition...90% of the time is that something is wrong with your eating/exercise plan...also, its not just about the scale, take measurements, you could be making progress, though muscle gain masking it..the scale is a measuring stick but not the only way to measure progress
July 1, 2012 5:55 PM
From what I understand, there is no problem concerning weight loss and artificial sweeteners preventing it.

I personally have a problem with aspartame, my high consumption of diet dr. pepper (aspartame) as well as sweet 'n low packets in everything gave me bladder pains and such. I cut it out when I finally noticed that a spike in intake meant a spike in problems and they disappeared!

Now, I only use splenda or stevia and consume it daily. I didn't have a problem with weight loss while having problems with aspartame, so I can only preach what I know and in my case I have an intolerance to aspartame and haven't had any problems with splenda.

If you are worried or believe it might help, switch to stevia and see what happens ;)
  6659259
July 1, 2012 5:59 PM
QUOTE:

It's not f*cking sorcery, seriously.

High GI foods are known to to spike insulin. This does not simply make you fat, it does not make you magically store calories out of thin air. If you need to eat 1500 calories a day to maintain and you eat 1000 calories of white rice covered in splenda along with five oranges day in and day out and you will still lose weight.

Feel like ass, but lose weight.

Sh*t liquid, but lose weight.

The reason why people get their jimmies all rustled over high GI foods is because insulin spikes can make you want to eat. This is why these tend to be linked towards obesity, but the reality is that it is not the splenda that makes you fat; it's the crap food you ate and washed down with a diet coke to convince yourself it was okay to binge that makes you fat.

Seriously, splenda is one of the tamest artificial sweeteners out there, and one or two packets a day isn't going to impact your diet one bit. Your actions and what you put in your mouth will.

So keep eating splenda, or if you want to feel better try stevia; you can grow it in your herb garden.

Whatever blows your hair back.


Thanks for the chuckle- well said!

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