I”m always interested in opinions but moreso, facts regarding artificial sweeteners. I have to admit I am still suing Splenda even after doing some research, but everything in moderation. Did you just hear that omega fish oil vitamins sold by various drug stores, might be raising PVC (or some such cancer-causing chemical) in our bodies? Always something. My conclusion? Natural is better, nutrition is better, self-control and moderation are better. But we are a nation out of control and lacing discipline.
Today I read this in my Lew Rockwell (libertarian) journal at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/mercola37.1.html I’m neither supporting or dissing it, just presenting it for comments and considerations.
Acceptable Alternative Sweeteners
For those times when you just want a taste of something sweet, your healthiest alternative is Stevia. It’s a natural plant and, unlike aspartame and other artificial sweeteners that have been cited for dangerous toxicities, it is a safe, natural alternative that’s ideal if you’re watching your weight, or if you’re maintaining your health by avoiding sugar.
It is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and truly has virtually no calories.
I must tell you that I am biased; I prefer Stevia as my sweetener of choice, and I frequently use it. However, like most choices, especially sweeteners, I recommend using Stevia in moderation, just like sugar. In excess it is still far less likely to cause metabolic problems than sugar or any of the artificial sweeteners.
I want to emphasize, that if you have insulin issues, I suggest that you avoid sweeteners altogether, including Stevia, as they all can decrease your sensitivity to insulin.
Lo han is another sweetener like Stevia. It’s an African sweet herb that can also be used, but it’s a bit more expensive and harder to find.
So if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners.