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Life is Z Sweet(est)!!

Suweet!
Suweet!

Thinking there was never going to be a zero calorie sweetener that wouldn’t slowly kill me, I gave up hope of ever finding something acceptable to put into my coffee.  After discovering just how bad aspartame is and having a reaction to Splenda that resulted in not one, but two trips to Urgent Care, I started shoveling sugar into my coffee which I now know is also bad.

A few days ago, while binge watching health videos by Dr. Greger, a link on the right to another video caught my eye.  It was called “A Harmless Artificial Sweetener” (cue angels singing…).  As someone who is always on a diet, reducing my intake of sugar in my drinks is ideal.  I’ve always heard not to drink your calories, and I’m pretty sure I was getting some hefty upticks in my diet from just my coffee.

I watched the video with bated breath after artificial sweetener after artificial sweetener got a red light (vs. yellow or green).  Finally, Dr. Greger gave Z Sweet a yellow light but I think it received a yellow light versus a green light because as new research comes out, some food ingredients are found to be not as safe as was once thought.

The video from Dr. Greger is from 2009, so I did a search to see if there was any new information about erythritol out there and it appears that it’s still in the yellow.

With the yellow light in mind, I immediately visited the Z Sweet website.  I’m not sure why…maybe to make sure its packaging is pretty?  Who knows but that was all I needed to head over to Amazon.com to buy it.  I am surrounded by health food stores where I live but by ordering Z Sweet from Amazon, I avoid driving from one store to another searching for this product.

Two days later, Z Sweet showed up at my front door.  I received two 1.5 lb bags of Z Sweet, which in hindsight was a stupid crazy amount of sweetener to buy especially when I had no clue whether or not it was something I was going to like.

But my fear was for naught as I love Z sweet.  If I could marry it I would.  It is perfect for my morning coffee and afternoon tea.  I don’t put it into my green tea because I can down that without anything added to it.

Z Sweet’s Bottom Line:

Zero Calories

Zero Glycemic Effect

Measures and Tastes Like Sugar

Does Not Promote Tooth Decay

Safe for Diabetics and Those With Other Blood Sugar Issues

No Laxative Effects or Digestive Issues

Tastes GREAT!

Checked my local Vons store and although they don’t carry Z Sweet, I will be requesting it.  My store has the Monk fruit Sweetener which is also  all-natural, but for now, I will stick with Z Sweet.

P.S.  You should watch Dr. Greger’s videos as they are all very short (usually under 5 minutes), and chock full of so much great health information told in a humorous manner.  I never watch videos of anyone or anything (unless shoved in my face by my girls, and then OF COURSE I watch one) except Dr. Greger.  Because of him, I now know why I should eat flaxseed daily.  My naturopath never explained why, I was just instructed to do it.  I drink tea daily, and I know I should eat broccoli as much as possible!  Go sign up for his videos and newsletters — your body will thank you with improved health.

P.P.S.  After writing this post, I stumbled upon a post from Food Babe who says, “…Eythritol is a naturally occurring sugar that is sometimes found in fruit, but food manufacturers don’t actually use the natural stuff. Instead they start with genetically engineeredcorn and then go through a complex fermentation process to come up with chemically pure erythritol.”  Ugh, GMO corn.  So, if you don’t care about GMO, give Z Sweet a shot, but if you’re like me and try to stay away from GMO foods, it’s back to the drawing board!

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