It should make sense, cut calories, and lose weight. So substituting a no-calorie alternative for sugar should save calories therefore leading to weight loss.
But do these diet foods really help you lose weight?
Think about it, with all the sugar substitutes out there why are obesity rates on the rise? It should be as simple as reduce portion sizes, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise, but is that really all it takes?
It’s actually much more complicated than that. It’s called over processed foods and chemicals, which our bodies are not equipped to deal with. But let’s concentrate on the many chemicals that makeup artificial sweeteners.
There is now evidence that artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain and make it harder for people to shed fat. For one, the sweetness confuses your body into thinking it has sugar, it tastes like sugar to your body and actually
increases cravings and appetite. Studies have also shown that they actually change the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake, making it easier to overeat! Think about it, do you really need to drink the “diet soda” while eating 4 slices of pizza or more? Watch out for chewing gum, they nearly all contain artificial sweeteners and constantly chewing them will lead to increased hunger.
Also, remember the hype, just because something is advertised as Sugar Free doesn’t mean it is good for you or a health food. It should actually mean stay away! Because without sugar something has to make up for taste, and usually that means tons of fat, which is tons of calories. Also many sugar free products
have no nutritional value whatsoever.
Many health issues are associated with these unnatural substances. There is evidence that people who use sugar substitutes are at a higher risk for a myriad of problems such as abdominal fat, high blood pressurea and insulin resistance which put people at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Sugar substitutes are made up of chemicals linked to cell and DNA damage. Our bodies are bombarded with an overload of these toxins and chemicals and cannot handle it.
Throw those artificial sweeteners out the window.
So what’s the answer?
Too much sugar natural or otherwise has its own problems but if you have to choose go for the real unprocessed sugar, a product your body has the ability to deal with (such as molasses or honey) , if your choice was artificial or real refined sugar, go for the refined sugar, although choices with nutrients are ideal of course.
Wean yourself off this nasty little product and let your taste buds adjust to natural sweet foods. It’s going to be hard at first because you are desensitized to sweetness, and healthy satiating foods such as fruits and vegetables are less sweet. 1 tsp. of sugar won’t even taste sweet to you, because you are used to the high sweetness of artificial products. But once you do you’ll see the difference and will even begin to taste the “chemical” in the product.
It’s amazing that studies are showing how unhealthy and dangerous these sugar substitutes are leading to a myriad of diseases even cancer, but yet they are approved by the FDA and our government is condoning the sale of poison in our food.
The bottom line is that there is no substitute for eating“real” foods and regular exercise.
For further information you can always check out theDecember 2011 Harvard Health Letter. Dr. David Ludwig noted obesity researcher explores the possible connection between sugar substitutes and weight gain.