There’s talk going around again about the different sugar substitutes. Aspartame, Stevia — are they safe? Which does the most damage? Do they cause cancer?
I have a simple solution.
If someone hacks together an artificial chemical that’s designed to give people something for nothing, don’t eat it. It will probably do bad things to you.
When you spill a coke on the sidewalk ants are on it immediately. When you spill a diet coke on the sidewalk the ants walk around it. That should tell you something.
So, in other words, just about every substance in the world that is sweet is high in calories, but we’re going to be audacious enough to create something in a lab that breaks this rule, and then we’re going to eat it? That’s not so bright.
I’m not one of those people who puts nature on a pedestal of perfection. I’m aware that evolution transmits flaws. But we’re nowhere near the point in our understanding of biology or physiology to be able to mimic natural substances such as sugar. Or, at least not without consequences.
It’s foolish to believe that we can, and greed and gluttony are the only reasons one would even subscribe to the idea. In other words, one has to say, “I don’t care what that is because,
- I don’t want to work out in order to offset the sugar I eat.
- I don’t want to get fat.
- I still want to consume sugar all day.
So these are cheater chemicals designed for lazy people who don’t understand enough about science to realize that they’re likely dangerous.
The Simple Approach
So my answer is simple, and it includes more than just sugar substitutes — eat the natural version of foods. Get the least amount of additives and preservatives possible. Organic if possible, but overall as natural as you can find it. Real sugar. Real butter. Etc.
If it has more sugar in it, or more natural fat, so be it. Eat less of it and/or get more exercise.
I’m overweight myself but I like to take responsibility for my actions. I’m fat because I eat too much and don’t exercise enough. That’s it. Fin. I’m going to eat the foods that I’m supposed to be eating, i.e. the regular and non-hacked versions, and if I can’t do so and stay fit then it’s because I’m not doing it right.
I don’t want crutches created for weak people who can’t control themselves — especially when the crutches themselves are pretty damn suspect.: