There’s Just No Substitute for Just Like Sugar

I know I’ve written about Just Like Sugar before, but it’s topping my list of “what I missed” while living abroad this summer, and so I gotta give it another shout out (in addition to yerba mate tea, which is also high on the list).

Our family rented a beautiful apartment on the ÃŽle Saint-Louis in France for the summer, and the owners graciously left us some espresso and sugar cubes and these teeny tiny pellets of some sort of sweetener. Now Supermom don’t drink coffee, never have (and never even liked the taste); however, during our travels, I tried some espresso in a hotel suite that had a machine and some  pods””and became hooked.

So I started drinking it every morning, and was lovin’ it. I had brought some Just Like Sugar with me, but not enough for our entire stay. Once my stash was gone, I switched to sugar cubes””but was horrified by the number I needed to make my espresso as sweet as I liked it. So I tried the sweetener pellets. I had no idea what they were, but just a few sweetened my espresso real quick, so I didn’t think about it. (Denial, I know!)

 

About a week later, my fingers began to peel, like they do when I’m detoxing, so I asked my husband to email the owners and find out what the sweetener was.

“Aspartame,” they said, and I shuddered.

I hadn’t consumed aspartame since 1998 when I read about how bad it is for you. If you are now consuming aspartame in any form, don’t panic. Just step away from the aspartame. And get yourself some Just Like Sugar.

And while you’re at it, get some yerba matte tea. It  gives you energy without the ups and downs of “regular” coffee or tea.

Have the best day ever!

Namaste!

Taylor plus 5

Taylor Wells, M.A., M.Ed., RYT, owns Prana Power Yoga, Inc., super-mom.com and Prana Super-mom Consulting. She is also a Boston Herald columnist and blogger, United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador, activist, and happy Super-mom of 5 kids.

Taylor Wells

Taylor Wells, M.A., M.Ed., RYT, owns Prana Power Yoga, Inc., super-mom.com and Prana Super-mom Consulting. She is also a Boston Herald columnist and blogger, United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador, activist, and happy Super-mom of 5 kids.

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Taylor Wells, M.A., M.Ed., RYT, owns Prana Power Yoga, Inc., super-mom.com and Prana Super-mom Consulting. She is also a Boston Herald columnist and blogger, United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador, activist, and happy Super-mom of 5 kids.

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10 comments on «There’s Just No Substitute for Just Like Sugar»

  1. Stevia First says:

    We cannot deny the fact that sugar is unsafe for our body because of the negative effects it poses for our blood sugar levels and is also a large reason behind obesity. Sugar can be substituted with natural sweeteners which contain no calories and even have medicinal properties such as stevia.

  2. Nancy says:

    I agree, stevia is a plant and can be used if you really need to use a sweetener. Once you stop using sugar and sweeteners you really can get along without it. It is a matter of taste.

  3. Kim says:

    Stevia may be a safe sweetener but it is an acquired taste. It does not taste like sugar. I have yet to get past the taste.

  4. Judi says:

    I hate stevia and love agave. It’s really sweet, low glycemic and I use it where sugar is called for…It doesn’t have an after taste at all and is sweet like sugar…

    1. Traci says:

      I heard that it wasn’t true afterall about agave being low glycemic…that it is better than sugar, but not quite accurate to call it low glycemic.

  5. doris says:

    somebody talk to us about water kefir and the true benefits.

    1. Katie @ Vitacost says:

      Doris, I’d be happy to tackle this topic in an upcoming blog, so stay tuned. Thanks for your suggestion – keep ‘em coming!

  6. Connie says:

    I love the taste of Xylitol. It does not affect the glycemic index and is half the calories of sugar. I use it in baking as well as tea, coffee and cereal, etc. The measurement is one to one (1 tsp sugar to 1 tsp. xylitol).

  7. Bianca says:

    Sorry everybody, but cant stand the taste of stevia, it’s horrible. Any other recommendation please?

    1. Katie @ Vitacost says:

      Bianca,
      Certain brands of stevia can be bitter, for sure. (I prefer the taste of Best of All brand.) There are other options out there, though. Have you tried xylitol, raw honey or agave nectar? Honey and agave do contain sugar, but are said to have a lower glycemic index.

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