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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.


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.
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.

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.
Aug. 2nd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
It's a preservative.

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