sugar or sweetner or black.

@chrislotz (8203)
Canada
January 18, 2008 8:22am CST
I use sweetner in my coffee and tea. Most people I know use sugar or nothing at all. the reason I use artificial sweetner is because of the calories. Did you know there are 80 calories per teaspoon and only 1 in sweetner? If you are drinking lots of coffee or tea say 5 cups a day, then you are consuming 400 calories just from the sugar. If you use 2 teaspoons that's 800 calories. If you sweetner it is only 1 calorie per packet. What a difference. So do you use artificial sweetner or do you use sugar? And if you use sweetner is it because of the calories, like me?
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 08
It's very rare that I will take natural sugar if at all, I always use sweeteners I have two in every mug of coffee, they probably work out cheaper than sugar as you can get about 500 in one little container! They are kinder on your teeth and don't pile on the pounds like natural sugar does. I used to watch my calories so I switched from sugar to sweeteners I actually prefer the taste of sweeteners now and I've never switched back as I'm so used to sweeteners now.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I'm not sure where you got that information, but it is not correct. There are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. One gram of sugar is 4 calories. That means a teaspoon has 16 calories. Still more than sweeteners, but not quite so much as you stated. I use sugar because I don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners. I use about a teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee, 1 or 2 cups a day. That's 16-32 extra calories. I'd rather add 5 minutes to my workout and enjoy my coffee than give up the sugar for something that doesn't taste as good.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
I'm not sure why weight watchers would tell you that, except to keep you buying their food. I think the best bet for weight loss and weight control is to just modify the amounts. Try 1/2 teaspoon of sugar in your coffee instead of a full teaspoon. You can reduce it gradually to get used to the taste. I used to use a lot more sugar than I do now, and I like it better this way.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
Sillychick is right about the calories in sugar. One heaping teaspoon of sugar is around 25 calories. Doctors will tell you that it's better to use sugar. If you can find raw sugar, that's even better and it only has 16 calories per teaspoon. If you research what the artificial sweetners are made of and look into the health problems they can cause, you might change your mind about using artificial sweetners. Sweet-n-Low is known to cause over 350 negative reactions in the body. One of the reactions to the body from artificial sweetners is - the sweetner doesn't satisfy the brains chemical need for sugar. The brain tells itself it isn't satisfied from the sweetner and wants something else or more sugar. So - you eat more or drink more to try to satisfy the sweet craving. Good doctors will tell you, if you have craving for sugar it's best to satisfy the craving than to use artificial sweetners. The small amount of calories in real sugar will satisfy the craving, helping you to not overeat or drink more. Sweetners are known to cause migrains, muscle tension, and even cancer and there is no real proof that sweetners help control weight issues. Have you ever seen skinny people drinking diet sodas?
• United States
18 Jan 08
You are right about the negative effects of artificial sweeteners. In fact, my doctor told me to avoid them while I was pregnant. Not that that is easy to do. It's nearly impossible to find certain foods without them, it seems. Jello and yogurt, to name a couple. I hate the aftertaste.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I also hate the after taste, as well as the after effects - not only do they make me hungry they also cause migraines and stomach pain (sucralose as in splenda is the worse for pains, yet it is in everything even non diet things....grrr.)
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I would be much more afraid of the dangerous chemicals that are used in artificial sweetners than natural sugar, chrislotz. I prefer to use a little less sugar than to risk harming my body by using the chemical-laden sweeteners. Besides, they taste horrible. I would rather drink my coffee black!
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
19 Jan 08
I used neither. I drink my coffee or tea without sugar. At times, I may add creamer or milk if I want a little variety. In fact, I do not take sugar, not because of the calories but because I do not like sweet drinks.
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@vera5d (4006)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I drink all of my coffee and tea black...i used to like sugar quite a bit but after having to be tested for diabetes 4 times after having a lot of the similiar symptons I've given up all sugar. having to sit in a hospital for 3 hours & not being allowed to eat anything while they draw blood 4 times is not my idea of fun! so i've tried to eliminate all sugar and it's so far really helped me with the symptoms that made doctors think i was becoming diabetic.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I drink my tea black or green (depending on what kind). I don't like coffee all that much, but if I do I will use a couple of creamers, and 2 packages of artificial sweetner.
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• United States
21 Feb 08
I usually have coffee just with soy milk or almond milk, no sugar. I got used to it without sugar when dieting. Now I use liquid stevia if I want to sweeten a drink, but it's still fairly rare for me to do that. I have English Toffee and Vanilla Cream flavors of stevia and both are great in coffee!
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@gemini_rose (16192)
3 Feb 08
Im a sugar girl! I couldnt drink sweetner in coffee, it has such a funny taste. I dont mind it in tea though. I didnt realise there was that many calories in it though, gosh and i lose count of how many brews I drink in a day, but i do only have one spoonfull. Well actually my spoons are big, so i guess it might be 2!! Perhaps I best try and get used to the taste of sweetner!
• United States
22 Jan 08
I use sugar in the raw. I can't have white sugar so, it is my favorite of all of the natural kinds. I only use sweeteners when I am not at home (that's very rare). My doctor says that they are not good for your kidneys or your liver.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
20 Jan 08
I usually prefer my coffee with just cream, and my tea straight, although if I am having herb tea, I might add a little honey. I do not like artificial sweeteners as they do not agree with me, and I do not like sugar as it makes the coffee a bit too sweet. I do like those flavored creams that they sell, but it has to be a special occasion and not just every day. I would rather cut down my calories by eating less bread and eating more fruits and vegetables.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I don't use artificial sweeteners because I believe they are extremely harmful to one's health, and that they force the body to seek "real" sugar from other sources. I don't drink coffee and the hebal tea we like, Roibus also called Red Tea is highly nutritious and naturally sweet. I don't add sweeteners to it. For sweetening other drinks, such as my sweet potato smoothies, I use agave syrup or Birch Sugar. We love the Red Tea because it has no calories in addition to being healthy and good tasting.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
I drink my tea straight and I dont drink coffee, but I do use aretifical sweetners in my other drinks. It is all about the callories for me. I dont want to waste my daily calories on a sprite when I can have a diet coke and be just as happy and still have enough calories for a treat later.
@wahptb (188)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
I drink tea straight if I ever do and I never put sugar in coffee just a tad of milk. I really don't understand why so many people use sugar or sweetener. I find it ruins the taste of a good coffee or tea. That's just personal taste I guess. Anyways do you know what sweetener is made from? A science teacher told me years ago that it was simply about 2 grains of sugar mixed with a bunch of sand! So of those 2000 or so grains you put in your drink, 2 are sugar and 1998 are sand. Does that really sound so good?
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
13 Aug 10
I prefer black, but I also like to add milk, and for a sweetner.. I encourage using honey.. instead of sugar or sweetner.. I always encourage people to stay away from aspartame.. as from my experience this sweetner makes me very sick very fast.. I am not a calorie counter.. I just try to keep busy and active... so I do not have to worry about calories.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
14 Aug 10
First I would like to say, wow!!, this discussion is more than 3 years old and you have re-activated it. How did you ever find it? Since I wrote this discussion I have stopped using aspartane because they have done a lot more studies about it since then and found it to be very harmful. It is actually made with mouse poisoning and that has been a proven fact.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
15 Aug 10
Um, does catching up on ancient mylot digests count? lol... Wow, I did not know that about mouse poisoning... But, I do know aspartame makes me sick instantly my headache that comes on it instant... I am upset cause they put that in frosting, gum, jello, candy.. a lot of sweets I love I can not touch cause that is in it.. and it is in nearly everything sugar free.
• India
15 Aug 10
Hello i consume not less than 10 cups of tea, i am diabetic so i have to take care of the calories, i use sugarfree, the artificial sweetener But many say the aspartime in it is not good for health.. Thanks for sharing. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY We are observing today 15th August Cheers. Professor
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@izathewzia (5141)
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
I pit sugar to my coffee. I like it that way plus other ingredients in alternative manner. Like chocolate, milk, cream, mint, etc
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
I use the sugar because i am not aware the calories gave it to me. Thanks to you because i am aware of that now...
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• United States
23 Jan 08
I guess, I'm just weird or something, but I'm one of the rare people who actually like the taste of coffee. I've often wondered, though, why anyone would drink coffee in the first place, if they don't really like the taste of it? Putting sugar in it just tells me, that one really just likes the taste of "Sweet", and will simply look for ways to get that taste. seems a waste of good coffee and good sugar, to me, though. I had a waitress, once ask, what I took in my coffe, and, I told her, "Coffee!"; seemed logical, to me. If I had wanted "Sweet", I'd have ordered syrup or something of that ilk. It's the same with milk. Don't mess up my milk, with coffee, snd vice-versa. However, if someone else sweetens their's, or dilutes it with milk or cream, that's really none of my business. Live and let live, you know!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 08
I grew up with everyone using the artifical sweetener because most of them were diabetes and so that is what I used mostly. My favorite is Twin out of all the different types. Yes you can get headaches and brain fuzziness if you consume large amounts of artifical sweetener but I don't get as bad or as much headaches with the sweetener Twin. I use both types the real and the artifical though. When I am trying to diet I use the artifical sweetener and not because of the calories in it but because I have heard that eating or using real sugar can sometimes slow down the weightloss whereas artifical doesn't. 16 calories isn't much but does add up if your a avid drinker or eater of sugar.
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@anniepa (27275)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I use cream or milk in my coffee - no sugar or sweetener - and sugar, honey and milk in my tea. I can't stand sugar in coffee, I always say if you need to sweeten your coffee you really don't like the taste of coffee. Annie
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