Artificial Sweetners

I lost my mother to cancer earlier this year. One of my issues is artificial sweetner and are there any that are not related in some way fashion or form to cancer? It is probably just a fear of mine but using the artificial stuff adds to the concern of "getting" cancer. Yes I know anything may cause cancer but artificial sweetner is at the top of my list and I try not to use it. I just don't know if there is a product that I can use in place of the artificial sweetner other than sugar. Any suggestions?
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  • ElizabethHanrahan
    ElizabethHanrahan Posts: 101 Member
    Stevia is a plant based sweetener. So is Monk fruit. I don't use these because they are too sweet for my taste.
  • amy19355
    amy19355 Posts: 805 Member
    I use fruit and 'sweet' vegetables to satisfy most of my cravings for sugary things. The fake aftertaste of all the artificial sweeteners (plant based or not) was a huge turnoff for me.

    The hardest to give up in the beginning were the specialty drinks at the coffee shop. Once I accepted that they were simply sugar delivery systems, it became easier to stop buying them. I learned to drink my coffee black with no sweetener, and I drink a lot less than when it was a specialty coffee drink.

    I look for foods that have a lot of "chew" factor to them so that I can spend a lot of time eating the reasonable portions I'm allotted. I choose the sweetest ripest fruits. I eat a lot of dried dates because they're always in season and always chock full of sweet chewy satisfaction, especially topped with a dab of cashew butter.

    Red, yellow and orange bell pepper strips dipped in hummus is another one of my fave sweet/savory combos.
    Green peas with a dab of butter and dash of salt is another choice. (frozen, petite green peas- not the canned things).
    Sweet Potatoes, Beets and Carrots are also on my sweet fix list.

    It took awhile, months of a while, to get to the point where most sugary foods have little appeal to me, but knowing how I feel after eating them makes it easier to choose a piece of fruit instead.

    good luck to you and to us all!
  • ctupdu
    ctupdu Posts: 28 Member
    Thank y'all for your input. It helps a lot.
  • TeaBea
    TeaBea Posts: 14,517 Member
    You have to find your balance. How much would you use - how often?

    Will I ever get to a point where a piece of fruit is comparable to a piece of chocolate or a scoop of ice cream? Nope, this is not my first rodeo.

    I almost never use sweetener in tea. I don't find an after taste in "all" artificial sweeteners, but then I'm old enough to remember the AWFUL aftertaste of saccharine. If you remember saccharine, the new crop of sweeteners have no aftertaste at all by comparison.

  • RelCanonical
    RelCanonical Posts: 3,883 Member
    edited December 2019
    Squeezing fruit?
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,584 Member
    Sorry about your mom. I will be devastated when I lose mine. (That's not imminent but she is starting to slow down.)

    I find the taste of artificial sweeteners to be nasty so they are easy for me to avoid.

    Recently, I participated in a challenge to limit my added sugars, and to aid in that I swapped out regular sugar in my tea for xylitol from Xyla. That was fine, but when I ran out and ordered Anthony's xylitol from Amazon first it took forever to arrive (so long that I cancelled) and then when I reordered they delivered an empty envelope >.< But then the first order finally arrived...and after a week I realized that the headaches that started late morning were due to the xylitol. Both products were derived from birch.

    During this whole ordeal I also decided I didn't want to pay $9 per pound for something for which I would otherwise be spending $0.50 per pound for baking or a little more for the sugar I use in my tea.

    So I'm back to regular sugar in my tea and just moderating consumption of foods with added sugar.

    Oh, and I have been eating cruciferous vegetables regularly for years https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2737735/
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,024 MFP Moderator
    psuLemon wrote: »
    If your concern is cancer, I would make sure you get regular check ups. Also, you would be at more of a risk of developing cancer from being overweight/obese and/or inactive than the risk associated from artificial sweeteners.

    Oh I forgot suggestions.

    If you want to use more natural substitutes for sugar, stevia works well. If you can find one without a buffer like maltodextrine, then it may be better. Personally, I use stevia or swerve in my desert recipes and sweet n low in my tea. Obviously the later is not your preference.
  • nytrifisoul
    nytrifisoul Posts: 489 Member
    There are so many food/products that "may" cause cancer. Worrying about artificial sweeterners are the least of food/products to worry about. Do you like grill marks on your food like steaks, chicken, vegetables? If so, then that is more likely to give you cancer then artificial sweetners.

    /.02
  • Katmary71
    Katmary71 Posts: 5,016 Member
    I don't know what you want to use it for but if it's for tea order some stevia seeds and plant, it's really easy to grow! I try to use stevia or monkfruit. I grew up on diet soda so sweeteners taste more familiar to me, especially in drinks. My favorite is Splenda but I'm trying to stick with stevia.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,584 Member
    edited December 2019
    Katmary71 wrote: »
    I don't know what you want to use it for but if it's for tea order some stevia seeds and plant, it's really easy to grow! I try to use stevia or monkfruit. I grew up on diet soda so sweeteners taste more familiar to me, especially in drinks. My favorite is Splenda but I'm trying to stick with stevia.

    Ya, my mom gave me a stevia plant last year and it was no fuss. Unfortunately, I never got around to doing anything with it before the frost. May try again next year.

    I don't like regular highly processed stevia in most other things. (Oddly, I'm fine with it in Whole Foods chocolate whey protein powder but not in their vanilla PP.)
  • ctupdu
    ctupdu Posts: 28 Member
    @nytrifisoul I rarely grill but that is good to know. Thank you.
  • ctupdu
    ctupdu Posts: 28 Member
    @Katmary71 and @kshama2001 are they easy to grow as an indoor plant or is it better to grow the stevia outdoor? I only ask because at the moment where I live I only have indoor access. Thanks!!
  • bold_rabbit
    bold_rabbit Posts: 1,196 Member
    ctupdu wrote: »
    @Katmary71 and @kshama2001 are they easy to grow as an indoor plant or is it better to grow the stevia outdoor? I only ask because at the moment where I live I only have indoor access. Thanks!!

    If you haven't had stevia before, I would test it before jumping into growing it. Some people don't find it sweet. Some people find it too sweet. Some people notice an unpleasant aftertaste. Some people are allergic to it. Some people have digestive issues with it.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,584 Member
    ctupdu wrote: »
    @Katmary71 and @kshama2001 are they easy to grow as an indoor plant or is it better to grow the stevia outdoor? I only ask because at the moment where I live I only have indoor access. Thanks!!

    I've only grown it outdoors.
    ctupdu wrote: »
    @Katmary71 and @kshama2001 are they easy to grow as an indoor plant or is it better to grow the stevia outdoor? I only ask because at the moment where I live I only have indoor access. Thanks!!

    If you haven't had stevia before, I would test it before jumping into growing it. Some people don't find it sweet. Some people find it too sweet. Some people notice an unpleasant aftertaste. Some people are allergic to it. Some people have digestive issues with it.

    Yes, you could find a plant, pinch off a leaf, and taste test.
  • nighthawk584
    nighthawk584 Posts: 1,979 Member
    ctupdu wrote: »
    @Katmary71 and @kshama2001 are they easy to grow as an indoor plant or is it better to grow the stevia outdoor? I only ask because at the moment where I live I only have indoor access. Thanks!!

    If you haven't had stevia before, I would test it before jumping into growing it. Some people don't find it sweet. Some people find it too sweet. Some people notice an unpleasant aftertaste. Some people are allergic to it. Some people have digestive issues with it.

    Too sweet and unpleasant aftertaste for me!
  • Safari_Gal_
    Safari_Gal_ Posts: 1,461 Member
    ctupdu wrote: »
    I lost my mother to cancer earlier this year. One of my issues is artificial sweetner and are there any that are not related in some way fashion or form to cancer? It is probably just a fear of mine but using the artificial stuff adds to the concern of "getting" cancer. Yes I know anything may cause cancer but artificial sweetner is at the top of my list and I try not to use it. I just don't know if there is a product that I can use in place of the artificial sweetner other than sugar. Any suggestions?

    @ctupdu - very sorry to hear about your Mum’s passing so sorry.

    Re sweeteners- I use monkfruit or bit of fruit when called for on desserts, sometimes a bit of pure maple. I tend not to use sweeteners just because I don’t like the taste. I use a ton of herbs though. Cinnamon, sweet basil, apple mint, lavender, pineapple sage, cardamon. Try experimenting - your palate might enjoy!
  • ctupdu
    ctupdu Posts: 28 Member
    Thank you @Safari_Gal. I am going to try that. Didn't think about using different herbs. Thanks.
  • nytrifisoul
    nytrifisoul Posts: 489 Member
    edited December 2019
    ctupdu wrote: »
    @nytrifisoul I rarely grill but that is good to know. Thank you.

    @ctupdu

    Well, any type of char (burnt parts) contains carcinogens that are known to cause cancer. Not just from grilling.