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Do you enjoy sugar-free and/or low fat products even though you're not on a diet?

I'm very active and eat generally healthy with some indulgences thrown in every week. This translates for me as real bread (not low-calorie bread which is the only type my parents eat), lots of olive oil and hummus, real desserts once or twice a week, etc. However, there are certain low-fat/sugar free foods that I eat on a regular basis and actually enjoy. I cannot stomach full fat milk and prefer 2% (though skim milk is horrific to me). I almost exclusively use sugar free syrup on my twice a week belgian waffle. Admittedly I do like the "real stuff" better but I like the sugar-free syrup enough that I just can't justify the extra sugar. I only use splenda in my cereal. However I find sugar-free chocolate repugnant; go figure. I actually enjoy Tasti-d-lite and actually prefer it to full fat icecream. (Though not to good gelato).
How about you?

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  1. While I generally shy away from artificial sweeteners, I vastly prefer Diet Coke to regular Coke.

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      Here I can get DC with Splenda in it. It's pretty good.

    2. Diet coke. The gray label not the black label.

      1. I often prefer low-fat dairy products and I'm with you on the Tasti-D. But can't stand artificial sweeteners (at least ever since I kicked the Diet Coke habit many years ago...;)

        1. Only if it's that way naturally. IE veggies.

          I only buy whole milk, full fat whole milk yogurt, butter, sour cream act. I refuse to buy diet soda or sugar substitutes.

          1. I prefer non-fat yogurt and 1% milk. The full-fat stuff makes me feel like I'm eating/drinking butter (nothing against butter, but I don't want to shovel spoonfuls of it into my mouth). Conversely, I like full-fat cheese and will eat low-fat cheese only under duress.

            I tend not to like artificially sweetened stuff. Given the choice between sugar-free syrup and nothing, I'd pick nothing.

            1. I will not eat anything with artificial sweeteners or low-calorie stuff with the exception of 1% milk because I do not like processed foods to begin with and stick with whole foods whenever I can. Not only that, I do not enjoy the flavours. Lastly, it is recommended that you strictly avoid aspartame if you suffer from fibromyalgia as I do.

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              1. re: chefathome

                I avidly avoid artificial sweeteners and low-fat stuff. I figure I don't need any more chemicals in my body than necessary. Plus, any time I have an artificially sweetened food, I get a migraine within 24 hours. Not a good indicator.

                1. re: hippioflov

                  I just want to respectfully point out that reduced fat products often simply have their fat reduced. A reduced or low fat product is not by definition a product which has been artificially sweetened or otherwise changed. I am sure there are exceptions. On the other hand, no fat products often receive stabilizers and thickeners and often do seem "real." I sense that many people paint low fat or reduced fat products with too broad a brush. I agree that no-fat products are often not very good, or very healthy.

                  1. re: hippioflov

                    Not all low-sugar foods are full of artificial sweeteners.

                    Example: Dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. Dark is lower in sugar, and there's nothing unnatural or artifical about dark chocolate.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Dark chocolate isn't automatically lower in sugar. Baking chocolate is, but there are plenty of ready-to-eat dark chocolate bars that are packed full of sugar. They simply taste more bitter because there's no milk to dilute the flavour.

                        1. re: piccola

                          Some dark chocolate may be higher in sugar than one may think, but if the chocolate has a percentage on it, there cannot be more sugar in it than that percentage less than 100. Meaning 70% chocolate is 70% cocoa solids and cocoa butter, the other 30% is sugar and possibly some minor amounts of additives. That 70% may be 40% dark cocoa and 30% fat or 50% cocoa and 20% fat, which will affect the relative sweetness. Either way, 70% chocolate cannot be more than 30% sugar. Milk chocolates are usually around 30 to 40% cacao matter (up to 50+, but less common), with the remaining divided between sugar and milk solids. If dark chocolate is 'packed full of sugar' it is either not very dark or is not really chocolate but a chocolate flavored confection. Bottom line, if you are concerned about the amount of sugar in your chocolate, make sure you are buying real chocolate and look for the percentage.

                          1. re: piccola

                            All the dark chocolate I buy is low in sugar and high in cocoa content. A lot of chocolate labeled "dark" is as low as 58-68% cocoa. I consider 72% the lowest I'll go, but prefer higher percentages up to 85% for some brands, down to 73% for Chocolove only.

                    1. I definitely prefer low-fat or fat-free dairy and low-fat, low-sugar baked goods -- the richer stuff just tastes too heavy to me.

                      1. For sure - Diet Coke. Fat-free Greek yogurt. 1% milk. Omelettes or scrambled eggs made with one egg yolk and the rest whites.

                        1. I really like low-fat cheeses, mainly for the smooth nutty-like flavors.

                          1. I don't drink many sodas, maybe half-dozen a year, but I cannot drink sodas with any kind of sugar in them. Shocking, I know, but they taste cloying and make me thirsty and taste awful to me.
                            And I like my vegetables, for the most part, whether raw or cooked, without butter. If they're good enough to begin with they can probably do without butter, but probably not salt.
                            And if you've never had a baked potato with a heavy squeeze of lemon juice, salt, aNd fresh-ground pepper, you really should try it.

                            1. If I have a Coke, it's generally diet though I don't drink many. Last week I was at a friend's house and had a real Coke--it was wonderful.

                              1. Diet Coke
                                Non-fat yogurt
                                Fat-free Twinkies*

                                (*kidding on that last one)

                                1. - Coke Zero. I think I am solely responsible for keeping Coke's share price up. :)
                                  - Frozen Yogurt - Sugar-Free and/or Low-Fat
                                  - Grilled Skinless Chicken Breast
                                  - Only use Splenda as well. Been away from the real stuff for so long that I don't even think about it anymore. Don't like Sugar-free syrups though
                                  - Crystal Lite mixes. I love the things, they make vodka a lot better.
                                  - Low Sugar Jam's and Splenda Ketchup. I don't eat this often enough to be able to distinguish the taste from the regular variety.

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                                  1. re: meatnveg

                                    I thought *I* was the one who kept coke zero on the shelves:)

                                    1. re: sophiejj

                                      Yes! I knew I wasn't alone. Funny story: There was a time (univeristy) when the lady at the conveneince store would keep 2 bottles in her personal freezer so that I would never be faced with an empty shelf! I think I paid for her kids' braces.

                                      1. re: meatnveg

                                        Oh god, I had sworn off soda for good, hadn't had a single drop in a couple year, and I ended up drinking a Coke Zero. I'm reasonably sure the difference between that and Diet Coke is the crack they obviously put in Coke Zero.

                                    2. re: meatnveg

                                      Also I have spent years fighting a sugar free/low carb frozen yogurt addiction !

                                    3. Not really. Skim milk perhaps, but only because the milk we get here is crazy creamy. Otherwise, I'd probably be drinking 2%.

                                      Low-fat products are generally loaded with sweeteners/sugars, and my tolerance for sweet stuff has gone way down.

                                      That said, having made the transition from regular to diet to no soda whatsoever, I cannot stomach any soda, save for the very occasional Mexican coke. Of course, those bottles are tiny, and sometimes I can't even finish those.

                                      I prefer full-fat in most cases for anything.

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                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        +1 on the Mexican Coke. I'm not much of a soda drinker, but those are delicious.

                                      2. I occasionally use Splenda if I'm eating fruit and cream but that's it.

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                                        1. re: MandalayVA

                                          Oh yea, forgot about Splenda. I use it in my coffee, but half a pack is usually enough for me. My buddy in NYC uses *3* packets. >shudder<

                                          1. re: linguafood

                                            I use 4 in a Venti Americano. It's my personal shame.

                                            1. re: invinotheresverde

                                              I won't yuk your yum (even tho it may have sounded like it). I just couldn't stomach it myself. My tolerance for sweet stuff has really gone down.

                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                I know you wouldn't, doll. ;). I'm just embarrassed about it.

                                                1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                  I feel sort of embarrassed for eating splenda and artificial sweeteners at all, as I'd like to adhere to a diet healthy enough to avoid them. However, I'm not that virtuous and have medical reasons for avoiding sugar. Last year, I picked up a Starbucks venti iced tea for a co-worker and she ordered it with FIVE splenda packets. I don't really care that she's eating it, I'm just amazed that she is capable of swallowing it. I can't even imagine....

                                        2. I usually dislike anything that has had the sugar replaced with fake sugar or the fat replaced with guar gum, but there are a couple of exceptions. I don't drink milk, but I'll use anything from non-fat to full fat milk in my tea or coffee. Last week, I accidentally bought preshredded cheese that was made from 2% milk for my son to put on his tacos, but when I tasted it, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. He didn't notice the difference. I wouldn't buy it again, but it was surprising that it wasn't awful.

                                            1. Whether I am dieting or not, I always drink diet over regular. An ice cold diet Coke hits the spot for me on a hot day. I do prefer Vernor's Diet Ginger Ale for my soda consumption. I've drunk diet soda for so long, I don't like the regular. Too sweet.

                                              Not sure how skim milk can be horrific for anyone. If you don't like it, that is understandable. But horrific? ;) If you were starving, you couldn't drink it? I find skim milk acceptable personally.

                                              I've also learned to like reduced fat cheese. It doesn't melt as well as full fat cheese, but I've learned to like it, and no matter the state of my dieting, that's what I choose if I can.

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                                              1. re: sueatmo

                                                When I've had to use skim milk in my cereal, it tastes like I'm eating my cereal with water.

                                                1. re: NicoleFriedman

                                                  I have been a skim milk hater most of my life and always had half and half and cream in the fridge. Then I decided I had to cut calories somewhere and decided to do it there--skim for cereal, whole milk for coffee. I truly did not believe I could get used to it, but now when I put whole milk on my cereal I feel like I'm using cream. (Though that is certainly delightful.)

                                                  1. re: escondido123

                                                    My point is that skim milk isn't horrific. You might not be habituated to it, but it is perfectly drinkable. If you had been brought up drinking skim, you might have trouble liking whole.

                                                    I would love to be able to like whole milk in coffee. It is nice to know you can.

                                                    1. re: sueatmo

                                                      This is me. I hrew up with skim milk (so did my SO, luckily), and find higher-fat milks to taste sour and I don't like how they coat my tongue. I can deal with 1% or 2% if I have to. I use whole milk for cooking occasionally.

                                                      I didn't grow up with it, but I've found that I prefer light (not fat-free) sour cream. Some brands have additives, but Daisy is just cultured cream, skim milk, and vitamin A.

                                                  2. re: NicoleFriedman

                                                    bluish, mucusy water. I can't even stand to look at it.

                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                      Hehe. Not where I buy my skim milk. It is creamy and awesome.

                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                        I don't like the stuff that has stuff added back in. Plus, I have no reason to ever use milk, just half and half or cream. Milk has too much fast sugar in it for me.

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          I don't think the dairy I buy my skim milk from *adds* anything. Presumably, it takes the fat out, no?

                                                          I have about a 6 oz. glass of milk most every morning, and not being a diabetic or other, it doesn't do anything 'bad' to me. It tastes good. 's all.

                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                            It's not added sugar; lactose is a very fast acting sugar. It's used to pull folks out of hypoglycemic episodes the same way OJ is used. I don't think I've drunk a glass of milk in decades.

                                                            1. re: mcf

                                                              I guess I misunderstood when you said "I don't like the stuff that has stuff added back in".

                                                              Not sure what's added to skim milk, in any event, I don't really care. I like it, it doesn't hurt me, a perfectly healthy individual, and it has less fat than whole milk (which I probably couldn't drink these days anymore anyway.

                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                Some skim milk has nonfat milk powder blended back in to make it thicker and more nutritious. It tastes pretty good but it's not worth the added cost, especially when you can do it yourself for pennies.

                                                2. Many of my in-laws are on sugar restricted diets and I've found through eating with them that most sugar-free foods taste just as good if not better. I typically prefer Splenda to sugar in my tea/coffee and have never really like whole milk. I usually prefer skim or 1% but compromise with 2% for my husband's sake (he likes whole milk and I hate it). I've also found that I prefer sugar-free jello and chocolate syrup to the original stuff and while many people I know hate diet soda's, they never have bothered me one bit! Thanks for the post!

                                                  1. lower/reduced fat & fat free milk yogurt & cottage cheese. occasionally reduced fat cheese if it's GOOD, but that's usually not the case :) and i prefer gelato or low fat frozen yogurt over full-fat ice cream, but only if it's sweetened with *actual sugar.*

                                                    at this point in my life you honestly couldn't pay me to consume sucralose, aspartame, ace-k, or any of those other chemical sweeteners. i don't like the way they taste, and i don't want that stuff in my body...Splenda almost landed me in the ER, so i'll stick with the real stuff on the rare occasion that i want to indulge.

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                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      I don't have trouble finding good reduced fat cheese. I won't eat the no fat versions. Cabot's makes 2 50% reduced fat cheese that I find quite good. I also buy reduced fat Lorraine cheese and reduced fat feta and blue cheese crumbles. Tillamook makes a good reduced fat cheese as well, but I've only seen it in OR. I seldom indulge in ice cream, but the stuff we have in the house for Mr. Sueatmo is always reduced fat.

                                                      I don't think it hurts to reduce fat consumption, although it might not help with weight reduction if done alone.

                                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                                        "Good" is such a subjective term. I'd rather skip eating cheese than touch the ones you've named. I accidentally bought 2% cheddar sticks and had to send them to work with my husband; neither of us liked them.

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          I agree that what tastes good is subjective. To me the cheese I buy tastes as good as full fat cheese. Full fat cheese does had a mellower or creamier mouth feel. However it seems fine to me for eating, snacking or cooking. I wouldn't put it on a cheese tray and present it as a dinner course! But for everyday use I really don't find it unpalatable. And, if I didn't have reduced fat cheese, I wouldn't eat cheese at all. And that would be a bad thing.

                                                        2. re: sueatmo

                                                          You should try the Baybel or Laughing Cow stuff. I went through a phase of that stuff. Best thing ever? a triangle of laughing cow light spread inside a grilled chicken breast with some rosemary...sooo good.

                                                          1. re: meatnveg

                                                            My mother used to buy those. I don't know if they're real cheese or not, they taste like "cheese food product."

                                                            1. re: mcf

                                                              Babybel - Skim Milk, Microbial Enzymes, Salt.
                                                              I think it tastes weird because it is essentially Gouda that has not been aged a lot.

                                                              Laughing Cow seems to to fit the 'cheese food product' bill, it has whey and preservatives added to it.

                                                            2. re: meatnveg

                                                              Not a fan of Laughing Cow. It doesn't taste like real cheese to me, and it doesn't have enough flavor to suit me either. However, if it floats your boat, and keeps you from consuming other fattier foods, then you should definitely use it.

                                                        3. I'm with all the Diet Coke drinkers. It's the only soda I drink and I vastly prefer it to anything that's full sugar. Normal sodas are like drinking syrup to me.

                                                          1. I prefer 2% milk, anything higher is too rich for me, unless I'm cooking with it. I gave up diet soda years ago, and now probably have one every three months or so.

                                                            I use real butter, but have Earth Balance on hand for toast. I switched to Agave syrup almost two years ago. It's the same calorie for calorie as sugar, so I am still careful with my coffee/iced tea (iced tea is my new diet soad, btw) but I appreciate the lacking sugar rush, which makes me reach for more carbs.

                                                            These are things I do whether dieting or not. I am currently doing WW, but plan on following those guidlines for life, so not a real "diet", a lifestyle. :)

                                                            When it comes to cheese, I love sliced mozzarella on my boca burgers, lavash roll ups, etc., but I will never stop enjoying my Petite Basque and St. Jorge, and of course the occaisional Brillat-Savarin.

                                                            eta: splenda scares me. It contains bleach!

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                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                              but that's the best part!! sweetness & teeth whitener in your morning coffee!!! win-win.

                                                            2. Nope, never ever. Even when I've been cutting back [I hate the word 'diet'] I still eat full-fat everything and real sugar, just less of it. I hate the taste of low-fat and 'fake' sugar products. I also have a theory [personal, anecdotal, not scientifically proven...] that your body just doesn't recognize man-made/fake sugar as food, so you end up eating more [although there have been some studies on diet soda backing this up]. And low fat stuff is full of sugar to mask the fact that it's low fat, anyway. I MacGyver this in my own way; if I want to cut back on sugar in coffee I put tons of cream in it, and I don't miss the sugar; if I want to cut back on fats in my baked goods I add more fruit puree or maple syrup, and don't miss the fat. Either way, I'm using the real deal.

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                                                              1. re: Smorgasbord

                                                                I agree. For the most part, the low/no fat versions of foods and the beverages sweetened with chemical sweeteners are far worse for you than the conventional foods and drinks they try to replace. And for the most part, the taste suffers as well.
                                                                Very often, what they've taken out is replaced by a concoction of other ingredients that have a far worse effect on the body and metabolism. I've also read that studies have shown that many people actually _gain_ weight eating the "reduced calorie/fat/no sugar" foods. There's even some evidence that non-sugar sweeteners even have the almost same insulin effect as sugar in diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

                                                                With a bit of willpower, you can enjoy whatever you like. Moderation isn't always easy, but I'd rather have a bit less of a food I truly enjoy than have to eat a dumbed down version of it.

                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                  I agree that in general, moderation is key. However, with some foods that just simply doesn't work for me. I'd much rather have my belgian waffle 2 times a week with sugar free syrup than once a week with the "real deal" because real maple syrup doesn't taste that much better to me. As for full sugar sodas (even the all natural sodas), the taste just isn't so much better that it's worth it to me to have some in moderation- I just drink diet when I want a soda. However, for the foods that are "worth it to me" I do eat in moderation- like galaktabouriko. Or a real muffin.

                                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                                    Unfortunately moderation doesn't work for us all. I wish it did, but it doesn't. Plenty of people are glutin intolerant, carb sensitive, peanut allergic, and so on. I am on a path now to find foods I can eat healthily, and it is hard. It gets harder the older I get. I subscribed to the moderation idea for a long time, but had trouble following it. A carb sensitivity makes moderation regarding carbs hard for me to practice.

                                                                    If you cannot have certain foods, the "dumbed down" version might be a surprisingly good choice. Imagine a diabetic not being able to have a soda with friends. Or someone like me never being able to have pancakes again in my life. Or jam or bread. Lower carb versions of all of these things make my life a little easier. As I assume they would for a diabetic, or as would a jar of sunflower seed butter for a peanut allergic, etc.

                                                                    I do believe that it is better to stay away from severely engineered foods, and that the stuff they put into some low fat choices gives too many carbs to compensate for lost palatability. But as many posters on this thread have posted, you can find acceptable low sugar or low fat subs and your life goes on as before.

                                                                2. I'm with you on the distaste of whole milk. Way too heavy. Except when it's in coffee or heavily flavored with chocolate. I'll also go with milk fat based foods such as ice cream, butter, heavy cream...but no half & half. That's an abomination. I like sugar-free chewing gum and Jello pudding-mousse. I'm actually not a fan of sweetened cereals or processed sugar at all. I usually drink coffee plain. However,I have discovered maple sugar, which IMO, has a lot less of the heavy/syrupy feel that white sugar. It tastes great in anything you would usually add sugar to. Especially iced mint tea.

                                                                  1. No artificial sweeteners for me. I am wary of them (and worry about the quantities I consumed in my 20's and 30's) so if I want sweet, I have the real thing. Since eliminating them from my diet a number of years ago, I find that now I cannot stand the taste of most artificial sweeteners.

                                                                    As far as fat goes, well, I definitely don't love non-fat products, at least not most of them because the consistency/texture/flavor seems wrong, but I also don't care for full fat in most things. I really enjoy 2% versions of yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, etc.

                                                                    For certain things, cheese especially, I want the full fat version. Creme fraiche and sour cream also.

                                                                    1. I like Diet Coke and can't stand regular Coke or Pepsi. I understand when people make fun of others who order the double cheeseburger and large fries with a diet coke, but really, I prefer the taste, it's not like I think I'm watching my calories. I also only really like skim milk. I can't drink whole milk at all. Like someone else said, it's like drinking butter. I can't stand when someone else takes a drink of whole milk and you see it coating the glass. It just seems so thick.

                                                                      1. I generally actively dislike most artificially low fat/calorie/sugar products, although there are a lot of naturally low calorie foods I really like.

                                                                        For example, I like plain soda water, but I think artificially sweetened drinks taste disgusting in general, and would rather drink plain water. Ditto for things like splenda or sugar free syrup - they all have a weird flat metallic aftertaste to me.

                                                                        Milk-wise, I would normally drink 2%, and find skim too watery. However, we currently buy full fat milk, because the local milk really isn't all that good, and the full fat is more palatable. I don't think they usually sell skim here, it's full fat (3.8%) or 1.5%.

                                                                        As far as sugar free candies and gum go, they tend to do bad things to my digestive system, so I'll only go there if I need a really efficient laxative.

                                                                        There are lots of naturally low cal stuff that I do actively enjoy - in this weather I can drink gazpacho by the bucketful, our default for cold drinks is Japanese barley tea, and I prefer unsweetened iced tea to sweetened. Unless we're talking about iced passion fruit green tea, like I'm drinking at the moment, of course.

                                                                        As far as things like yoghurt, butter, olive oil, desserts, potato chips and the like, generally I'll take the full high cal version and eat it less often to lower calorie versions.

                                                                        1. Fat is very satisfying...that's why you get full on a smaller amount of it. We're so full-fat phobic!

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                                                                          1. re: houndgirl

                                                                            I agree that a no-fat diet is not very good. I do think that for many of older Hounds, eating less animal fat is going to be a healthier way of eating..

                                                                            1. re: sueatmo

                                                                              Why would you say that older people don't need fat?

                                                                            2. re: houndgirl

                                                                              As a generalization of all Americans that is probably true. However, the point of the OP was not to find fat free versions of everything, but to find out which low-fat/low sugar products people enjoy. Everyone's tastes are different. I don't use low-fat milk just to be "healthy" but I cannot stomach full fat milk in my cereal. It has nothing to do with a "fat phobia". I do know what you're talking about though. I was fat phobic growing up due to bad information. I was obsessed with fat free muffins and didn't understand why I was chubby. However, I know better now and my food preferences are just that- preferences.

                                                                            3. Believe it or not, I have never had 'regular soda.' Growing up we were not allowed to have Diet Soda--which was for adults--but then I grew up and went for Diet Soda. My parents have given it up for years. I gave it up recently for an extended period of time, but it wasn't worth it. So I am back drinking it. ...Regardless, I have no idea what 'regular soda' would even taste like. I don't want to know either--we were always told that regular soda=sugar-water. (The irony being that Diet-soda=chemical-water...)

                                                                              I cannot tolerate dairy well--but when I did eat/drink it, I was raised on only skim. I never cared much for ice cream because it made me feel too cold as a kid.

                                                                              1. I would never eat something that's sweet and sugar free. However, I love low-sugar or no-sugar-added, because I generally don't like sweet things.

                                                                                I prefer lowfat dairy in general, but not cheese. I would rather drink lowfat or nonfat milk because milk is already sickening-tasting to me; and I like non-fat yogurt, because it tastes more sour, and sour cream also tastes more sour with no fat.

                                                                                However, I'm trying to train myself to like the full-fat version, just for the health benefit, so I try to switch off buying full-fat every other time, which I can't manage to eat as much, maybe I'll start to get accustomed and enjoy it more.

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                                                                                1. re: kerosundae

                                                                                  We all have such different preferences for and reactions to food. I love Fage 2% yogurt. I don't want to eat full fat yogurt--it is too rich. I also don't like the no-fat Fage because I find it too tart.

                                                                                  I have been surprised how many Hounds have posted that full fat milk and other products are too rich for their tastes! Me too. But I thought I was probably the only one like this.

                                                                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                    I'm right there with you. I only eat low fat yogurt and skim milk. I can do 1% if need be, but anything richer completely costs my mouth and throat. It makes me nauseous.

                                                                                2. I think the taste of any/all artificial sweeteners is completely vile, so I don't eat any products that use them.

                                                                                  I can only have low-fat cheese in a sandwich with flavors assertive enough that I don't notice too much. I actually prefer skim milk in lattes and I generally prefer fat-free yogurt. Ice cream, most cheese, half and half for hot coffee must be full-fat.

                                                                                  1. I never diet and my weight doesn't vary more than a pound or two (BMI about 20-21). All the dairy I buy is regular except for 1% milk and nonfat yogurt. The trick is to not more than small to moderate amounts of high fat food. The only soda I drink is Diet Coke and I don't sweeten coffee or tea.

                                                                                    Like others have mentioned, moderation is the key. I find that if I what I eat is really good, I eat less of it than something that is less yummy. It may be that when food has less taste, flavor, zest, whatever, we eat more looking for an elusive satisfaction, but it takes a smaller amount of food that is "right" to make us feel content.

                                                                                    1. I eat non-fat yogurt. I just enjoy the taste more (though eating full cream doesnt bother me)

                                                                                      I greatly prefer coke zero over normal coke and most other full sugar soft drinks

                                                                                      I drink my coffee black, sometimes I'll add an equal in it just for kicks

                                                                                      Chew sugar free gum and I sometimes go through phases of eating these sugar free caramel lollies

                                                                                      whatever floats your boat I say.

                                                                                      1. I always have Sweet & Low in the house for iced tea and coffee - I just plain prefer it,. Ditto to Coke Zero, but oddly I detest Diet Coke.

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                                                                                        1. re: shanagain

                                                                                          I don't find the distaste for Diet Coke odd...it is much sweeter than both regular Coke and Coke Zero.
                                                                                          Legend has it that they were trying to make it taste more like Pepsi.

                                                                                          I used to be addicted to TAB years ago (it tasted more like Coke to me than any of the other diet imposters). I swore off "diet" sodas almost 15 years ago. These days, I reach for a regular Coke (7oz serving) when I have the craving. I figure a bit of sugar (even if in the form of HFCS) is not nearly as bad for me as the various sugar substitutes likely are.

                                                                                          But as always, to each his own.

                                                                                        2. Diet Pepsi, always preferable to regular soda. And I'm just not a fan of salad dressings or dips with my veggies - I always feel like a total anorexic when I order my salads "dry", with "nothing" on it - it's not about the calories from the oil or vinegar or dressing, I just don't like it.

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                                                                                          1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                                                                                            I feel you on the salad dressings!

                                                                                            I much more enjoy a 'dry' salad than a soggy oily salad. I usually avoid ordering salads in restaurants or cafes for that reason, I feel like the odd one out asking for it without dressing and I get the "are you on a diet?" questions. Nope I'm not!

                                                                                            1. re: dinnerwithfox

                                                                                              I hear you on the dry salad thing.
                                                                                              At home, I sometimes lightly dress my salads (always with home made dressing or a very light toss with the one commercial Caesar dressing I like) but when eating out I always order salads dry because otherwise they always arrived drenched in a usually lousy dressing. And I never order a Caesar when dining out unless I know it's a place that makes a good traditional dressing and doesn't overuse it.

                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                I don't care for the average "Caesar" salad either. But I often ask for vinegar and oil on the side for my salads. I can dress it as lightly as I want that way.

                                                                                          2. I got rid of all sugar about 6 months ago; I am a label reader now. I'm 68 and I feel better than I have in several years.