Is the Other Sweetener Really Better For Your Health?
Many researchers are pretty much in agreement that added sugar, over time, and in anything but small doses is unhealthy. So artificial sweeteners were introduced to replicate the sweet taste of sugar.
Since most are virtually calorie-free, they’re often marketed as weight loss friendly. Healthy. The perfect alternative.
Yet, despite increased consumption of these sweeteners in place of sugar, the obesity epidemic has only worsened.
Several observational studies on artificial sweeteners found that artificially sweetened drinks are linked to weight gain rather than weight loss. And, an increase in appetite and cravings for sugary food
Health is about more than your body weight. Ever heard the term TOFI - Thin Outside, Fat Inside?
It's a term often used to describe people who are lean, yet have a disproportionate amount of fat stored in their abdomen. Muffin Top comes to mind, Or that resistant "Belly Fat."
Some studies link artificial sweeteners to an increased risk of metabolic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.
The Mayo clinic defines metabolic syndrome as a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
One study found that a high intake of diet soft drinks was linked to a 121% greater risk of type 2 diabetes
Artificial sweeteners have been linked to glucose intolerance and a disruption in healthy gut bacteria
It’s known that the bacteria in your intestines — your gut flora or microbiome — are incredibly important for health.
So, think carefully before reaching for that artificial sweetener, thinking you are doing something good for your health.
Real food comes from a living plant in nature, and not so much “produced” in an artificial plant.
Think twice before you reach for the yellow, pink or blue packets!
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