South Beach Diet - SBD WITHOUT artificial sweeteners?

12-12-2006, 05:02 PM
Is anyone else doing SBD without using artificial sweeteners? Just curious. Its one of the reasons I say I am "sorta" SB, because I wont use them, and do use small amounts of real sugar occasionally.

12-12-2006, 05:14 PM
Welcome to the boards ennay.. do you consider "Splenda" artificial or things like Equal and Sweet-n-low (aspartamines?) I use splenda in very small amounts for hot chocolate, tea,coffee. I don't really bake any desserts so I have no real need for it.

12-12-2006, 05:26 PM
Spenda is natural isn't it. I thought is was from a root.

Two Peas

12-12-2006, 05:33 PM
Splenda is a derivative of natural sugar. So it's from Sugar cane. Stevia is a very sweet herb that is sold as a supplement rather than marketed as a sweetner. :)

12-12-2006, 10:51 PM
splenda is an artificial sweetener. Sugar is one of the ingredients but the chemical process that turns it into splenda is NOT found in nature. Chemically processing to remove 3 hydroxyl groups and replacing them with chlorine molecules pretty much removes the "natural" claim

The "made from sugar so it tastes like sugar" does not make it natural

I consider splenda just as artificial as nutrasweet or aspartame.

12-12-2006, 10:55 PM
stevia is natural, but like most herbal "supplements" has had little in the way of studies as to its safety, I dont like the licorice taste that stevia adds.

12-13-2006, 05:49 PM
Thanks for the info.

Ennay will you let me know how that works for you, using sugar occasionally? Thanks


12-14-2006, 12:04 AM
Two peas - it is working pretty well so far, but it does mean giving up the regular dessert

For me, I find that works better. If I eat A.S's I end up craving sweet, and I dont naturally crave sweet so much, I am more of a "rich" food craver. So after a week of s.f. pudding for dessert, or even the ricotta creme, I end up going berserk wanting the real stuff.

Now I just really limit sweets. I have about 1/2 t brown sugar in my oatmeal and 1 dove dark promise a day. Thats it on a regular basis. With the holidays I have had a cookie here and there and depending on the time of day it hasnt been too bad (night is better than noon). Anyway, so far I am finding fewer cravings this way than the splenda way