What You Should Know
Sugarest, manufactured by Genotec, is a pill that is chewed prior to eating sweet treats to make them taste bad. The tablets offer a twenty to thirty minute window for dieters to get a hold on their cravings and thus prevent binging on sweet foods. It is thought that this window is long enough for a dieter to recover from the craving for something sweet.
List of Ingredients
- Gymnema sylvestre (an East Indian herb)
The tablet, when melted in the mouth or chewed, renders sugary treats tasteless or worse. The product is sold mostly as a stop gap measure to allow people to regain control over their cravings. Candy is often lowered to a tasteless blob when eaten. The person eating it can recognize it mostly by its texture, but not by its taste. Wheat-based items such as donuts or cake seem ‘chalky’ or ‘doughy’ and quite unpleasant to consume.
Gymnema sylvestre blocks the sweet receptors on the tongue rendering them unable to taste the candy bar, baked good or chocolate being eaten. This herb is reputed to have been used in India and parts of Asia as a natural treatment for diabetes. It blocks only the sweet receptors, so if a piece of fruit is eaten, the bitter flavor of the fruit is the only flavor that registers. This makes fruit unbearable to eat. Potato chips, on the other hand, seem unaffected as the saltiness of the chips is still recognized by the tongue.
- A quick easy fix to prevent binge eating of sweet foods.
- Helps reduce the eating of sugary foods.
- Pills can be stored in a purse or pocket and can be used in case of emergency to stop eating sugar treats while dining out or with friends.
- Does nothing to address the root problem of poor eating habits.
- Blocks the flavor of sugar treats, but salty treats, such as chips, are unaffected.
- Makes some healthy food choices, like fruit, taste bad also.
The main draw with these pills is that they will neutralize the tongue’s sweet sensors resulting in the lose of the ability to taste sweet things. By chewing or dissolving one tablet in the mouth, sugar will lose its appeal and will make sugary treats taste undesirable. The hope is that after consuming a pill, a dieter will control cravings and resist the urge to indulge in candies. Sugarest may be a great tool to help some dieters to stay and keep on track and avoid binge eating of sweets. It does not address the underlying issues of proper nutrition, caloric intake and portion control that are also factors in weight loss.