Here are some facts about artificial sweeteners that may change
your mind the next time you reach for a diet soft drink, diet yogurt, low carb protein powder, no sugar lollies, "nutrition" bar, frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream. . .
Artificial sweeteners are chemical compounds that replace the sweetness of sugar, without the calories. Many people think that "sugar-free" or "fat-free" means low-calorie. It doesn't.
Plus, more and more studies have concluded that artificial sweeteners can actually increase your appetite (and cravings). There are also sugar-free products with ingredients that can raise blood sugar. For example, the white flour in sugar-free cookies. As you can see, "sugar-free" doesn't necessarily mean "fat-loss- friendly."
In fact, they can be down-right DEADLY! Here are just a few of the problems with the 3 most common artificial sweeteners:
1. Aspartame: is a common artificial sweetener with over 92 side-effects
that range from hallucinations to seizures to even brain tumors.
Example brands are NutraSweet and Equal.
2. Splenda (often on labels as "Sucralose"): can enlarge both
the liver and kidneys and shrink the thymus glands. Other side-
effects include skin rashes, panic attacks, diarrhea, headaches,
bladder issues, and stomach pain.
3. Saccharin: is commonly manufactured by combining anthranilic
acid, nitrous acid, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, and ammonia. In addition
to it being thought to cause cancer, saccharin may also cause
headaches, breathing issues, and skin rashes. Examples include
SugarTwin and Sweet 'N Low.
In addition to all of these having terrible (even deadly) side-effects,
artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than sugar, which gets your
taste buds accustomed to really sweet foods. This leads to wanting
more and more sweets, rather than satisfying your cravings.
So how do you enjoy a sweet treat without the adverse effects of sugar (weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, etc.)? . . . or without the harmful effects of artificial sweeteners?
I recommend Stevia.
Stevia is a S. American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small green plant have a delicious, refreshing taste that's 100% all-natural and has many excellent properties!
For example, the body does not metabolize Stevia, so there is no caloric intake and it doesn't adversely affect blood glucose levels. So, Stevia is great for kids, diabetics, and anyone interested in a tasty treat without sabotaging their healthy eating plan.
Quit artificial sweeteners today and start feeling much better.