Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Dietary Porn

It's not the real thing, but it sure feels like the real thing. I can finally have sweet tea again without guilt, and for a Southerner, that is a BIG deal.



I am a lifelong sugar substitute slave. My mom always used Sweet'n'Low when I was a kid, trying in vain to curb my dad's sweet tooth and my chubby little tummy. It made my brothers and sister miserable, but I actually developed a tolerance for saccharin, but never what you would term a "liking".



Nutrasweet was promising, it tasted better, but God, the headaches I got rivaled any chinese food MSG hangover I have ever had. Plus, I have a mistrust of the evil Monsanto empire after I worked for a large environmental engineering firm and saw the endless reports of their misdeeds.



I went the hippie route for a few years and bought stevia in bulk. Apart from feeling like a drug smuggler, it was an OK option. Again, I had found a palatable, mediocre sugar substitute, but given my rathers, I liked regular ol' sugar better, and seemed to continually revert back to the (co)Cain white sugar crystals.



But now, ohhhhh my . . . I have found the Holy Grail that is Splenda. It looks like sugar, measures like sugar, and most importantly it TASTES like sugar. Don't look at me for the scientific explanation, but from what I have read, it is actual sugar that has a couple of molecules switched so that it isn't absorbed and doesn't mess with your insulin or blood sugar. You can cook with it, sweeten Kool-Aid or tea with it, and its safe for adults and kids. Hallelujah.




Sweet, sweet Splenda

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