Artificial Sweeteners are a controversial topic in the dieting/Keto/Fasting communities. Some people say not to use sweeteners at all. Others say that they are OK. Those who say that you can use artificial sweeteners usually have some sweeteners that they say are good, and others that you should avoid.
It is both confusing and conflicting to hear all of the different bits of advice. Some people, in fact, are very militant on this topic.
For most of my life, I have avoided sugar and used some type of artificial sweetener. This goes way back to when I was a child. When I was a child we used saccharin, but then there were all kinds of studies that said it caused cancer. I think that has since been disproven or at least put into doubt, but saccharin is rare now, from what I can tell. After the saccharin went away, I used various other sweeteners. Nutrasweet. Equal. Splenda. Others that I can’t even remember.
I should clarify a bit. Until recently, I did not avoid all types of sugar. No, if I was eating or drinking something that I had to add a sweetener I usually added an artificial sweetener. But, things that I would buy that has sugar in them, well, I guess I had no problem with that! Kind of stupid thinking, but I think that is common among people.
In the past 7 to 10 years or so, I have been using Sucralose. Sucralose is the same as Splenda, but it is much sweeter than Splenda (600 times as sweet). Although Sucrolose comes in powder form, because of the extreme sweetness it is common to mix it with water to the point where you add it in “drop” form. You mix it to where 1 drop is equal in sweetness to one teaspoon of sugar, or one packet of Splenda.
At first, I would purchase Sucralose already in liquid form. Later, I decided to start buying the powder and mixing it myself. When comparing already liquid Sucrolose with Splenda, the cost savings are enormous. Then, if you buy Sucralose powder and mix it with water yourself, the savings compared to already liquid Sucralose is again significant.
Over my years of using Sucralose, though, I have found that the amount I use keeps increasing. Maybe in the past, I added two drops to my cup of coffee.. then I would start adding 3 drops, 4 drops, etc. It was not that I was wanting it sweeter, it got to the point where 2 drops were no longer sweet to me. I can’t be sure, but I feel that my body or my taste buds had grown accustomed to the Sucralose and it took more and more for it to taste sweet to me. Kind of like if you are using drugs… you have to use more and more over time in order to get the same effect.
After I started doing fasting, a lot of changes were happening to my body. I could see and feel my body changing. One thing I noticed is that I am using less and less sweetener! Now, I use about half of what I used a few months back! In fact, if I used 8 drops of sweetener 6 months ago, it did not even taste sweet. Now, if I use 4 drops, it is too sweet and I need to cut back more! This is a wonderful change that I am very happy about.
I have even been considering cutting all artificial sweetener from my diet. I think it will be difficult for me to do, though. I admit that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I think this could be a difficult thing for me to accomplish. I should be happy, I guess, that I have been able to drastically reduce my use of sweeteners. For now, I think I will be happy, but I also feel like I am moving toward eliminating it altogether! We shall see!