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Not-So-Sweet Tooth

A strange side-effect of my diet changes over the past month: when I do eat or drink something sweet, it tastes WAAAY SWEETER than it used to. This morning I found myself wondering who put so much sugar into my bottled frappuccino.

I knew this was the case with salt-- it's a well-documented fact that the level of saltiness you taste in food is completely trained (and can be re-trained over the course of a few weeks), and I personally tend to find most pre-prepared foods way too salty. But it came as a complete surprise to me that the same thing should happen with sugar.

On the whole, that's a good thing. Since sugar is one of the key offenders in my health (or lack thereof), anything that causes me to want less of it is welcome. It also makes it much easier to eat one piece of chocolate (or have one cookie) and be satisfied, rather than just gobbling down half the box.

-The Gneech

PS: No workout report for today, 'cause after all the heaving and toting and such we did building the art table last night, laurie_robey and I mutually agreed that the workout should shift to tomorrow.

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torakiyoshi
Aug. 2nd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've also found that the type of sweetener matters, too. Most companies today use HFCS. If you avoid that and go for cane or beet sugars, the things that have it will seem offensively sweet when you do ge them, because it's incredibly sweeter than sugar.

Saccharine has a similar too-sweet effect, but includes a nasty aftertaste that scares many people away. (That, and cancer-prone rats who eat saccharine get cancer.) ;)

I find that avoiding HFCS has made me much more interested in eating things with natural sugars, like fruit. And that's healthier, too.
the_gneech
Aug. 2nd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, HFCS is in everything. Like, bread. Why is HFCS in bread? That's just stupid.

That said, yes, I try to avoid it when I can.

-TG
torakiyoshi
Aug. 2nd, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Why is HFCS in bread? That's just stupid.

I think those were my exact words when that was first pointed out to me.

It's in bread because Megahuge Confarmaco has paid breadmakers to put it there.
kinkyturtle
Aug. 2nd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
It's a preservative.
sirfox
Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Here's a suggestion:

Take empty frappuchino bottle. slice off the label, toss it thru the dishwasher.

Next morning:

Take clean bottle. Take frappuchino bottle out of fridge, pour half into clean bottle. Fill both up the rest of the way with milk, (skim or lowfat, preferably) cap, mix well, and try that.

If it's palatable, you save yourself both money, and calories from fat & sugar.
m0nkeygrl
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
I've noticed that about sugar and salt too. The last time I ate a potato chip I thought I was going to die.
c_eagle
Aug. 3rd, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Good to hear the Facts and continued cool news!
kylet
Aug. 3rd, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Dunno if I noticed the difference in one month, but yeah. I simply can't eat full-sugared items by comparison after I've gotten used to low-sugar ones (yogurt, drinks).
Granted, if it's something I seldom have, low-sugar or not (like ice cream or cake) it's still OMNOMNOMNOM when I do...
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