Are healthy sweeteners really better than sugar?
What You need to know! The truth!
Sugar. The devil, right? But what if I told you there is something far worse than sugar? Actually, sugar looks like an angel compared to this sugar substitute many companies are placing in our foods. It is seemingly very sweet, and we have been led to believe that it is healthier than sugar. But don’t be fooled!
This little sweetener is calorie-free and so we can find it in almost all diet foods and drinks BUT it is one of the most harmful substances that we find in food today.
Be careful of the Non-Nutritive sweetener
This popular sweetener is called a non-nutritive sweetener and is present in common food items such as chewing gum, bubblegum, sweets, candy, diet foods, sugar-free foods, diet drinks & sodas, sugar-free sodas, sauces, condiments and many other foods.
This non-nutritive sweetener is known by a few names. Some of the common ones include Aspartame, artificial sweetener and Acsulfame K.
Be very careful about buying sugar-free chewing gums, sodas, drinks and diet foods. Always read the food label to make sure that it doesn’t contain one of these non-nutritive sweeteners.
Even though this non-nutritive sweetener contains zero calories, studies have shown that it actually makes you hungrier than usual, and people who consume it tend to eat a lot more during the day. It also reportedly aids in slowing down the metabolism of people who consume it daily. In addition to this, it also trains your taste buds to crave sweet foods. This contributes to even greater concerns such as obesity, diabetes 2, kidney damage, strokes, heart attacks and more.
It has been recorded to cause migraines, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, memory loss, cramps, diarrhea, seizures, convulsions, memory loss, brain tumors and more – but it is still in many of the foods that we can purchase in stores across the globe!
A little sweetness in your life
Healthier, natural sweeteners that are better to use than refined sugars and non-nutritive sweeteners include raw honey, 100% pure maple syrup, pure coconut sugar, xylitol, stevia, erythritol, and maltitol.
Xylitol is very low in calories with only 10 calories per teaspoon, erythritol contains 1.2 calories per teaspoon, while stevia contains less than 1 calorie per teaspoon. Compared to sugar which is 15 calories per teaspoon, these are some pretty good alternatives! And they won’t cost you your health.
Try to avoid non-nutritive sweeteners as much as possible, and remember that “sugar-free” food is not always healthier.
Liezl Jayne xo
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