I recently quit sugar for good. I'd tried several times before, crashing and burning every time. But what made me stop this time was a visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania from NYC to a friends' family pub over St. Pattys day. During the evening, the amount of crappy beer these people were drinking, and the amount of bad food they were eating was just astounding. The sheer size of the people there shocked me into "I can't be that fat!! I won't!!" and promptly quit junk food for good. This was my last big battle. It took a couple weeks to get the addiction out of me, but I'm all the better for it. I feel terrific.
During my transitional 2 weeks, this guy I worked with told me about the difference between sugar and sugar substitutes in the way they break down. Sugar turns into fat but the substitutes don't. SO, i was using Equal a few times just to get me through the sweet craving period, then stopped with that stuff. I don't like the chemicals, but I was determined to stop with the sugar, and it seemed like the way to do it.
I always knew that saccharin (sp?) causes cancer. Ever since the 70's when that stuff came out I knew that. I haven't heard anything about Equal, or how bad it is for you. I always thought it would have to have some sort of side effect, but had never heard anything about it.
We were out with some other veggie friends who are also very politically aware, and they had the pink packet in one hand and the blue one in the other. They said the pink one causes cancer and the blue one eats holes in your brain. "NO WAY!" I said. "Yes." they said. "And you know who we have to thank for this terrific product? Donald Rumsfeld. He helped start this company, so no wonder we've not heard about any of the side effects." This is the same guy who helped mastermind the Iraq WMD deciets and lies, and is getting $200,000 out of that Bush tax cut.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this, just mostly wanted to get that information out to youz guyz. Don't use Equal. Don't use saccharin. They're both really, really bad for you.
Also, we need to be carefull of what products we suppport. I'll never use Equal again, knowing that Rumsfeld sees some of the money from that company, (Anything to hurt the administration is okay in my book.)
I guess I just wanted to see what y'alls thoughts were on the sugar/sugar substitues thing. I much prefer natural sources after I quit the big S.