It looks like the sweeteners are going out the door.
There’s an argument made sometimes that sweeteners are worse for you than sugar. I’m not sure that’s true — sugar is a pretty malevolent little beastie once it gets inside you, and it can cause all manner of havoc. But sweeteners are definitely no little angels. They cause all kinds of problems, and in the past, I’ve quit them wholesale and seen benefits. But more recently, I’ve been using diet sodas — specifically, sucralose-sweetened diet sodas — as a kind of sweet alternative (which is why a lot of people drink them, I think).
Unfortunately, I’ve also been having some unpleasant physical side-effects that could come from them, as has my wife. And so, from tomorrow, they’re out the window for at least a month.
That doesn’t mean no sweet, though. We buy raw honey, and unlike plain ol’ sugar — and no matter how many people tell you “sugar is sugar” — honey, unlike almost every other sweetener or sugar product out there, is actually linked to improved health. It doesn’t cause the body to react the same way as regular sugar (in fact, even a “nutritionally equivalent” honey substitute syrup, made to imitate all the nutrients of honey, reacts completely differently!) and is known to help with seasonal allergies — if you buy local honey, at least — as well as providing a variety of other little boosts.
So, sweeteners out — honey in. Not a bad trade all around, really.