White, Pink or Blue Packet?

Laurie, still recovering from over-exposure to yarn fumes – Malabrigo, in particular – decided to put up a filler post. Little did she realize that a “quick post” would give her more time to fondle her recent purchases, thus increasing the exposure.


Do you choose the white, pink or blue packets, on that restaurant/diner table?

Here’s just a taste of this Wiki entry.

Controversy over perceived benefits

A 2005 study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio showed that, rather than promoting weight loss, the use of diet drinks was a marker for increasing weight gain and obesity. Those that consumed diet soda were more likely to gain weight than those that consumed naturally-sweetened soda. Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, who conducted the study, posited that it is not the diet drinks but something associated with their use that is linked to weight gain, perhaps simply that use of diet drinks increased as a person noticed that he or she was gaining weight. Fowler also speculated that perhaps giving the body the “taste” of energy-rich foods triggers a search for the real thing, or, as nutrition expert Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, put it, “People think they can just fool the body. But maybe the body isn’t fooled. If you are not giving your body that food energy you promised it, maybe your body will retaliate by wanting more energy.”[4]

Animal studies have convincingly proven that artificial sweeteners cause body weight gain. A sweet taste induces an insulin response, which causes blood sugar to be stored in tissues (including fat), but because blood sugar does not increase with artificial sugars, there is hypoglycemia and increased food intake the next time there is a meal. After a while, rats given sweeteners have steadily increased caloric intake, increased body weight, and increased adiposity (fatness). Furthermore, the natural responses to eating sugary foods (eating less at the next meal and using some of the extra calories to warm the body after the sugary meal) are gradually lost.[5]


I hope this has given you something to think about.

Now go away, while I roll in my yarn.

5 thoughts on “White, Pink or Blue Packet?

  1. Me? I choose the yellow ones…but I’m sure they have the same problem. Now…go fondle your stuff and quit dropping hints 😉

  2. I reach for the white (or brown when it’s available), because those 16 calories (in a teaspoon of sugar) are the least of my worries.

    I’m always happier with the real thing, anyway. It doesn’t have a weird aftertaste, doesn’t have fillers, and is almost always available.

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