Sunday, October 19, 2008

SWEET!

I'm a sugar addict, my sweet tooth is completely unruly. I've been making careful efforts to tame it without making it rebel in a bad way.

I love gobs of honey in my tea but this week I've been conscious of measuring a level teaspoon into my mug instead of just squeezing the bottle with reckless abandon. As the week progressed I started to become accustomed to the subtle sweetness of less honey while still being able to notice the flavor of the honey. This is a good thing because the box of 10 different honeys from the forum honey swap arrived yesterday.

Since I've been reducing sugar and processed carbs, I've been trying out "alternative" sugar substitutes (trying to avoid Splenda and NutraSweet) to sweeten my coffee. I cannot, no matter how I try, drink my coffee without sweetener. Xlyosweet (purchased at Whole Foods) and Stevia (packets from Trader Joe's) are the two I've been playing with this week. Xylosweet tastes pretty nice, not much of an aftertaste but just a teaspoon can have a nasty "cha-cha-cha" side effect. Stevia is quite sweet and a bit bitter, it makes tea taste horrible but works with the coffee fairly well. Don't quote me on this, but I think the Stevia may work as somewhat of an appetite suppressant. I need to inspectigate this further.

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