I'm a diabetic, and rarely eat sugars of any kind. I used to take injections and oral meds but since going low carb I don't have to anymore. I avoid sugar, fruit juice, maple products, agave, honey, molasses, brown rice syrup, dates, other dried fruit etc. I eat whole fruit on occasion, and only in season, maybe once every couple of weeeks. All caloric sweeteners raise my blood sugar too high.
Until recently, I have been using artificial sweeteners maybe once a day. I would eat an artificially sweetened yogurt, or make cocoa, or chai. These were my desserts, my chocolate fix, and the way I joined in with the rest of the family when there were treats to be had.
But now there is a lot in the news about artificial sweeteners causing sluggish metabolism and weight gain. I already knew they were bad for you, but I felt like they weren't as bad for *me* as sugars. But now it looks like maybe they are as bad. What's really frustrating is that in reading how this works, I think it would be the case with all non-caloric sweeteners, including stevia. It's the brain recognizing the lack of calories and slowing things down.http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...711763,00.html
So I've been eating essentially nothing sweet at all, and it's lame, lol. I'm sad that in the winter, when there is little in-season fruit, I won't be eating anything sweet at all.
I've given up a lot in order to avoid medication and it's been worth it. I've lost some weight and I feel pretty good (even better since I quit the artificial stuff) but I'm not sure it's a good tradeoff if I NEVER get to eat anything sweet again.
Does anyone have info on how stevia might have a different or better effect on metabolism? Or any other non caloric sweetener?
Does anyone else just not eat anything that tastes sweet at all?