I’m stunned, annoyed and mystified. All I really wanted was some water, but I ended up having a disconcerting experience instead — one involving hidden sweeteners!
You see, I’m in Atlanta at the annual convention of the National Speakers Association after attending the Million Dollar Author Program earlier in the week. Anyhow, after dinner tonight, I went to the hotel gift shop and quickly picked up a bottle of water to drink this evening.
Anyhow, just a few minutes ago, I thirstily took a swig of the Dasani water. What a shocker! It was disgustingly sweet. It had this strange taste! Ick!
I immediately turned the bottle around, pulled out my brand new pair of glasses to read the tiny print, and lo and behold, it didn’t just contain H2O.
Yuck! My allegedly simple bottle of water contains all kinds of hidden chemicals — citric acid, sodium polyphosphates, potassium sorbate, potassium benzoate “(to protect taste)” — whatever the heck that means! — and “natural flavors” (those are dubious additions, too).
Wait, that’s not all — lo and behold, this bottled water includes not one, but TWO different artificial sweeteners — sucralose and acesulfame potassium — both of which I always fastidiously avoid. (While working on my book, SUGAR SHOCK!, I researched the subject of artificial sweeteners, interviewed a number of experts about them, and because of what I learned, I now completely steer clear of them.)
Now I have this horrible aftertaste in my mouth, and I need to go brush my teeth to get rid of it.
Yikes, was I taken by surprise!
Shame on me! Here, I claim to be the Saavy Sugar Sleuth(TM), yet I sure didn’t act like one. I simply did NOT practice what I preach!
I was so in a rush (because a friend was waiting) to get my water that I didn’t bother to read the food labels, as I always, always urge others to do!
So, learn from my really, really stupid mistake — and always inspect those ingredients before buying a bottle of water or any other product that comes in a bottle, package, jar, or can! It’s always important to be on the lookout for hidden sweeteners!
Have you, too, been duped? Tell us your experiences getting trapped by “hidden sweeteners” — whether they’re sugars or artificial sweeteners.