i've never been a fan of the fake sugar substitutes that float around. splenda, equal, etc, they all leave a weird taste in my mouth. my belief is that if you want something sweet, you should just eat real sugar, just not in excess. excessive eating is probably the main reason why our country is so overweight to begin with. if you just have a desk job, you probably don't need to eat steak and potatoes and macaroni and cheese every night (unless you exercise like crazy all the time). just a thought.
here's a times article about fake sugar that i found interesting. it found that in rats that were given yogurt sweetened with fake sugar or real sugar, the rats that ate the fake sugar actually gained more weight! something to do with how your body "senses" the fake vs. real sugar.
haha, funny, we're talking about diabetes right now in class. that's a disease that i hope to never get. after seeing a family member succumb to complications directly caused by type II diabetes, and also knowing how much medical intervention is necessary to survive and/or tame the disease, diabetes is just something that i'd rather not have. (a side note, down here in the south almost every patient that you'll see will have some form of the "blue plate special": diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. yummy!)