So how bad for you exactly are the carbonated soft drinks with no added sugar, diet coke etc? Not something i drink a lot of, but it would be nice to know one now and again wouldn't ruin me. Make a nice change to drink something other than green tea and water!
Aspartame has some arguable effects. It keeps you from achieving a feeling of satiety. I don't think it can give you cancer. Soda is acidic & can erode the enamel on teeth. It might also leech calcium from bones. Just limit them...you shouldn't have a problem.
Like Ross said, as long as you only have them once in a while, there's no ill effects.
A lot of artificial sweeteners cause some mild bloating and water retention in most people.
Also, anything sweetened with Splenda brand sucralose, you can toss their idea of 'diet' meaning 0 calorie. Splenda runs 2-3 cals per teaspoon. Sugar runs 4 cals per teaspoon. You do the math on how much you're saving there ;)
I heard that splenda has 4 cals per g . SO one of those bags is like 1000 cals.
What are your thoughts on stuff like Xtend or other BCAA blends that use artificial sweeteners ?
I've been thinking about getting some stuff from True Protein because you have stevia as an option.
i wonder if their flavors are as good though :)
I wouldn't think they would be bad. They do have more flavors and if you can get stevia , I think that's best... But I wont be ordering any anytime soon.
I think anything in moderation is okay. Just don't go downing a gallon of crystal light (that shit makes me more thirsty than I was, but it can be addictive). I'm sure the Xtend or any pre or postworkout supplement won't kill you. Half the shit we eat has been sprayed with something or has something put on it to make it grow quicker, so a little fake sugar won't make a big difference. I was taught that real sugar is better than artificial. So, if you are craving a can of pop I would grab the regular before the diet.
RAW sucralose is practically a 0 calorie sweetener. You'd have to go through an ass load of that stuff to get a couple of calories. But Splenda wants to market their product as being equal in sweetness with the same volume as sugar. Well, raw sucralose is a much lower volume. So they 'fluff' it up with malto. Hence where the cals come from.
Anywhoooo.... Any product that uses an artificial sweetner, just know what kind of sweetener they're using.
Things like aspartame, even though they're not the greatest for you, are ok in small doses. If it says sucralose, check to see if it says Splenda brand sucralose. If it does, it's practically the same as sugar in terms of cals.
Stevia, I'm still researching, but thus far seems to be the big 'natural' sweetener. As far as if it's better for you, I have no conclusions on that yet. But the reports so far are leaning toward the positive side.
One of the newest crazes, which I don't think TP has on their order form yet, is agave. I have yet to look very deeply into that one, though.
Overall, when ordering things with artificial sweeteners, just be mindful of A) what sweetener it is and B) how much they're using. It's best to minimize anything artificial. And since Stevia is more natural, that's obviously a better choice.
I've tried stevia..it's not soluble so that sucks. And it ain't really very sweet or tasty either.
I still prefer the raw sucralose in water over the Stevia, though.
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