In my mind, Splenda just doesn’t seem as bad as the likes of equal or sweet n low. But, I am finally coming to grips with reality. On an average work day, I probably consume 4 or 5 packs of Splenda (enter horrifying gasp). Here’s the breakdown:
Morning cup of large tea: 2.5 packs of Splenda
Oatmeal: Sprinkled with 1 pack of Splenda
Occasional second small cup of tea: 1 pack of Splenda
Afternoon ice tea: 1 pack of ….wait for it…. Sweet N Low…. 🙁
So that puts my grand total on average for a day at 4.5 packs of artificial sweetener… roughly 23 packs a week, 90 packs a month, 1,080 packs a year. And really, this is a moderate estimate since I use artificial sweeteners whenever I drink ice tea at restaurants. But it is pretty accurate for “no restaurant February.”
Sadly enough, I’ve always thought of my daily beverage choices as relatively healthy. I don’t drink soda or diet soda, and stick mainly to water and tea. And I am a sucker for sweet tea every now and then, but really my drinks are pretty bland.
Unfortunately I completely forgot to equate in the artificial sweetener side to it.
After doing a little research, I realize that there are people out there much worse than me. But there are also the people who use no artificial sweeteners at all. When I’m at home, I use honey and some real sugar to sweeten my tea. I used to have Stevia, but ran out and haven’t replaced it.
Although I post mainly about sweets and fun dinners, I really do try and eat more of a 75/25 diet (the higher number being the healthy, whole foods; lower being the really delicious stuff). In the last few years, I have tried to not purchase many processed foods. The bulk of my grocery trips come from the outer aisles (i.e. fruit, vegetables, grains, some meats, etc). I like things with short ingredient lists, things I can pronounce and easily understand, things without all that chemical mumbo jumbo. But, here I am, almost everyday, sweetening up my life with chemicals.
As of today, my plan is to start bringing honey in to work and use that as my sweetener. I just don’t think I will be able to drink my tea free of any sweetener addition.
So, what are your thoughts on this? Do you use many artificial sweeteners? Are you a fellow addict like me? Or, do you think this is one of those “everything in moderation” things and I am overreacting? Help me see the light.