Today my blog is about Artificial Sweeteners (Splenda, Equal, Sweet n’ Low, etc)
I often see models using a lot of these in coffee, and drinking a lot of coke zero to fill themselves up without the calories..BEWARE!!
There is a large mix of information on the good and the bad of the sugar substitutes available on the internet, which makes things really confusing.
The good thing about sweeteners is that they have 0 calories, contain no real sugar (which is useful for diabetics), and they don’t contribute to tooth decay. But is it too good to be true?
What is Sugar?
It’s a carbohydrate! It is a fast way for your body to get energy!
Monosaccharides (basic, broken down forms of sugar):
-Glucose (present in almost everything we eat, sustains our necessary body functions)
-Fructose (naturally in fruit, root vegetables, and honey)
-Galactose (rarely occurs in foods, it bind with glucose to form lactose)
-Lactose (milk/dairy products)= glucose+galactose
-Sucrose (granulated sugar, or table sugar)= glucose+fructose
After you eat sugar, your small intestine will digest it, then your blood stream will absorb it. 3 hormones control your blood sugar levels: insulin, glucagon, and epinephrine. When you have too much sugar in your blood stream, insulin is released and the sugar will be transferred into your cells.
We need glucose to live, but the problem today is that we consume way too much.
Excess sugar can cause cavities, candida, depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. Artificial sugar also can cause many health problems.
Artificial sweeteners are not food at all, they are chemicals!
Brand Names: Equal, NutraSweet
Facts: -FDA receives more complaints on aspartame than any other food
Brand Names: Sweet ‘N Low
Facts: -Known cancer causing agent in rats after 2 generations of use
Artificial sweetener in diet coke: aspartame, coke zero: aspartame & acesulfame potassium
The blog Fooducate summarized a great article from Harvard professor David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, ”Artificially Sweetened Beverages Cause for Concern“.
1. Our body gets confused by artificial sweeteners – the dissociation between sweet taste and calorie intake may put the regulatory system that controls hunger and body weight out of sync, thus sabotaging weight loss plans. A study on rodents showed that those fed saccharin actually gained weight compared to rodents fed sucrose.
- Honey: contains many vitamins and minerals such as riboflavin, B6, iron, and magnesium. It is beneficial to the stomach and supports immunity. It also contains anti-oxidative properties.
- Maple Syrup: contains zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, an antioxidants. Has been associated with the inhibition of the two sugar-metabolizing enzymes linked to diabetes type 2. Look for B grade maple syrup!
- Stevia: A low calorie sweetener that comes naturally from a plant.
- Agave: A low-glycemic index carb derived from the blue agave cactus.
-Moderation is key with artificial sweeteners. I think a little bit is ok. I use Stevia in my morning coffee and whenever possible. You can buy it at most health food shops.