musclecar wrote:Sorry if this has been raised however I enjoy a nice class of Pepsi max. Has anyone noticed that the low or zero sugar drinks sometimes stimulate the appetite?
I've just down my drinking of pepsi and haven't got stuck into any biscuits like I might have before.
Yep. There has been at least one study
showing that artificial sweeteners can make you feel more hungry. Which is a pity because I really like having stevia in my coffee!
Which reminds me of my exciting food discoveries:Stevia.
It's a completely natural zero cal sweetener. It's made from the leaves of a South American plant and you can get it from health food stores.Bean thread noodles
(also known as glass noodles). I was making rice paper rolls the other day and normally I use rice vermicelli. Then I noticed that glass noodles have only a fraction of the calories. For a serving it's about 941 kJ for the rice vermicelli and only 249 kJ for the bean thread noodles! I substituted the bean thread noodles and they tasted just as good and had only a third of the calories.Shirataki noodles.
Then I discovered an even more
incredible food. They're available at Japanese grocers and are packed in water in weird gelatinous looking packages in the refrigerator section. These are only 20.9 kJ per serving!
They're made from a type of Japanese yam and consist almost totally of soluble fibre. Some argue it's actually resistant starch but the effect is the same. Apparently it's a food favourite among low-carbers.