Sugar is everywhere! You may notice labels touting, “sugar-free” claims. You may even wonder about some newer artificial sweetener options out there on the market. Sugar-Free sounds healthy enough, right? Cancer1, Alzheimer’s2, obesity, diabetes, heart disease3, even accelerated aging4 (i.e. wrinkles!) are all linked to sugar.
Our mom, dentist, doctor, the media have all warned us at some point the dangers of sugar. So, wouldn’t a sugar-free option be a good thing?? Not so fast…
To make your favorite products sugar-free AND still taste good, companies substitute sugars with artificial sweeteners.
What are artificial sweeteners?
An artificial sweetener is a substitute for regular table sugar. But, artificial sweeteners are many times sweeter than regular sugar – like up to 700 times sweeter5! An “nonnutritive” sweetener as coined by the research community also does not contain any calories (energy units).
A list of artificial sweeteners include Saccharin (Sweetâ€™N Low), Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), Sucralose (Splenda), Acesulfame potassium (Sunnett) and High-Fructose Corn Syrup. Artificial sweeteners even include those derived from plants such as Stevia. For a full list of the names of artificial sweeteners, click here.
Research shows weight gain linked to artificial sweeteners6. As we know, weight gain can lead to a lot of other health problems.
Your body’s core temperature doesn’t rise after eating or drinking artificial sweeteners. It does when you eat real sugars. This causes a decrease in your basal metabolic rate. The decrease leads to a a slow down in your metabolism, which also leads to weight gain.
Where are artificial sweeteners hiding?
Most processed food has the potential to include artificial sweeteners. Even foods that don’t say “sugar-free” on the package have the risk of containing an artificial sweetener. That is why it is SO IMPORTANT to read the nutrition label! Reading the ingredient list may take a little longer. But, it is so empowering to know what is actually in our food. I’ve found artificial sweeteners in some of the most surprising places!
Examples of foods that could contain these fake sugars include bread, cereal, pasta, dressing, soda, sauce, yogurt, gum, pastries, and milk.
How can I avoid them?
My best advice is to start reading nutrition labels and getting aware of what is in your food. Focus on whole foods and simple ingredients.
I want to arm you with knowledge when it comes to your health! That is why I include references to studies and use medical terms. When you know what’s going on with your body, you can make better decisions and feel good about them!
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List of Artificial Sweeteners http://www.doctoroz.com/article/list-names-artificial-sweeteners