Do you find yourself hungry after eating Splenda or other artificial sweeteners? I do.
For the last several weeks I have been so hungry! I could not figure out what was wrong with me! Why am I so hungry? I tried to eat more fruits and vegetables, but I still experienced a high level of hunger despite my efforts to eat more healthy and filling foods. I have been chewing more gum, because The Biggest Loser advertises Extra gum, which is supposed to help curb your hunger.
It was not until this week that I feel like I have finally had a break though! You see, I heard on the radio that there was a new study out about how sugar-free gum and diet soda can make you feel more hungry. What!? I wanted the reporter to say it again. Had I hear her correctly?
I searched high and low for the study, but could not find it. I did find an interesting article at LiveStrong that you might want to check out.
I normally chew gum as a way to suppress my appetite. If I am hungry right after lunch, I will chew on gum to distract myself from the fact that I feel hungry. I have been chewing gum more often, because I have felt more hungry more often.
Not only that, but I wanted to learn how to like regular, plain, old oatmeal. I did not want all the sugar in the sweetened packets. Plus, I wanted to be able to save some money by buying the plain stuff. I decided that I could put some Splenda on top of my oatmeal to sweeten it just enough so that I would enjoy eating it.
Could these things I have done to help myself actually be causing me to be more hungry? How frustrating!
This happened to me once before about a year ago. I was drinking too much Crystal Light and it was giving me headaches. I decided that I would not drink it anymore and I had the worst headaches as my body went through withdrawals! I am frustrated that I let something like this happen again.
I am not a medical professional. But for me, I have decided to stop eating sugar-free gum, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners, because I do not think they are good for me. They obviously give me headaches and increase my hunger levels. These are two things that I am not willing to live with just so I can eat something for 0 pointsplus+.
I am sure that I could consume these things in moderation and it would not be that bad for me. However, why eat them at all when I know that there are negative side effects that are harmful to my body?
The bottom line is to do what is best for you. You might be able to handle sugar-free gum, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners. If so, that's great! But, if you have been suffering from some of these same things I have been talking about, maybe it's time to make a change.
Tell me about you? Are you experiencing some of these same things? Are there other natural sweeteners that you use instead?