Thoughts on sugar substitutes?


Question from Terrolyn:  Do you have a position on sugar substitutes such as Splenda? I'm on Weight Watchers Flex Points program and have lost 32 pounds in 1 year. But, to maintain a feeling of satisfaction, I like to put Splenda on my cereal, make fresh lemonade with it, and treat myself to an occasional dessert using it.
Answers - Melinda Irwin Congratulations!
Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. That's a great plan—moderation without excess. I think you can get into a discussion of which is better. I would say my personal favorite is Splenda based on the fact you can use less to get flavor. Regardless, if you're going to use a sugar substitute, you want to consume in small amounts as you are doing.

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