Are you Sweet Enough? Part I

Hey there, it’s Scott Williams from www.succeed.com.au & www.succeedstrategies.com.au with your latest health and nutrtion tip.

Today I wanted to talk about artificial sweeteners because I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of confusion about them with my clients not really understanding them at all.

There is a huge list of products sweetened with them, and are marketed to you as “healthy foods” or “healthier” than sugar. But are they really?

Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners on the market today are:
• Equal
• Aspartame
• Splenda

These artificial sweeteners are used in pretty much every “diet” drink, “lite” yogurts, puddings, and ice creams, most “low-carb” products, and almost all “reduced-sugar” products. Look closely, even most protein powders are loaded with artificial sweeteners too (just look on the ingredients and you’ll usually see one of them).

Equal and Splenda are probably the worst offenders of claiming to be “healthy” as they say that it’s made from real sugar.

But don’t be fooled!
 
It’s still an artificial substance. Some of the truths they don’t tell you is that Equal & Splenda is a chemically modified substance where chlorine is added to the chemical structure, making it more similar to a chlorinated pesticide than something we should be eating or drinking.

This is one of the biggest misconceptions that I see all of the time and people, parents etc don’t realise what are in these products and thinking they’re taking the ‘healthy’ option for the family.

The truth is that artificial sweeteners are not even close to being healthy, and, can easily be as bad for you, if not worse, than sugar.
 
Most people think that they are doing something good for themselves by choosing the “diet” drinks or “lo fat” yogurts compared to the full sugar versions, but the problem is that you’re exposing yourself to a whole new set of problems with the artificially sweetened drinks and foods.

People these days are receiving a lot of contradicting messages about which foods are good for you and which are bad.
 
Don’t worry. Just stick with me and I’ll get past the marketing hype and tell you the truth. I’ll also give you some ideas for great alternatives to artificial sweeteners and sugar.

In reality it is a battle between artificial sweeteners vs. sugar. Both is evil, but which evil is worse?

I’m sure you already know the problems with sugar:
1.  excess empty calories,
2.  blood sugar spike,
3. insulin surge this creates in your body promotes fat gain
4. stimulates your appetite further for more sweet things

On the other hand, artificial sweeteners save you calories, but there’s growing evidence that they can increase your appetite for sweets and other carbohydrates causing you to eat more later in the day anyway. Therefore, you don’t really save any calories at all. Also, studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate high insulin levels in your body too, which again can promote fat storage.

All of the artificial sweeteners listed above are nasty chemicals that the human body is simply not meant to ingest. However, most of us are ingesting a whole lot of these chemicals on a daily basis. Aside from the problems I touched on so far, other health issues that have been related to artificial sweeteners in scientific studies as well as observations are:
• some have been linked to potential cancer risks
• headaches
• developmental problems in children and fetuses
• negative effects on the liver, kidneys, and other organs
• stimulating cravings
• gastrointestinal problems

Stay Tuned for Part II soon

Scott

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