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Bittersweet Truth: 

Sugar Free Ain’t Free

Originally created for people with diabetes, sugar-free sweeteners have become rooted in the American diet. They are everywhere and they are hard to avoid in today’s food supply.

Researchers are now realizing that these artificial sweeteners have only made things worse by creating even more sugar-addicts.

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Programmed For Sweetness

We have have 4 taste receptors after all (sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). We crave sweetness! It’s part of our natural programming. 

The problem is that we have been consuming artificial, processed foods for so long that we have built up a tolerance for sweet foods. This means we need foods to get sweeter and sweeter in order for them to satisfy our cravings and naturally sweet foods like apples, grapes, strawberries, and sweet potatoes no longer do the trick.

Many people don’t realize that fake sweeteners can cause an addiction to overly sweet foods that, in turn, lead to dangerous health side affects.

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Problems associated with sugar free sweeteners  include: 

  • Migraines
  • Mood disorders (depression)
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Inflammation
  • Cardiovascular disease.

When we consume something that tastes sweet but does not contain any calories (for example, 0 calorie beverages) it tricks the body into thinking it’s going to receive sugar. When our body realizes it didn’t get the sugar it thought it was getting, it will crave more sugar. 

These sweeteners confuse your metabolism, stimulate appetite, increase carb cravings and promote weight gain. 

Sugar substitutes replace what?

We have been taught that sugar free is better than natural foods. Now we know that it isn’t. 

Some of the most common artificial sweeteners found in our food today:

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  • Aspartame (found in diet sodas, Equal, NutraSweet, & many other products) related to migraines, nausea/vomiting, insomnia, memory less and seizures.
  • Sucralose (Splenda) is a chlorinated sucrose derivative and was originally found through development of a new insecticide.
  • Acesulfame K (ACE, ACE K, Sunette, Sweet One, Sweet ‘N Safe) often found with aspartame. Shown to cause nausea, mood problems, liver, kidney and eye problems, as well as autism.
  • Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low) found in many children’s medications and is linked to digestive upset and other health concerns mentioned abovsugar free truths from Evolve Direct Primary Care, the highest rated primary care and urgent care serving Annapolis, Edgewater, Davidsonville, Crownsville, Crofton, Bowie, Arnold, Severna Park, Millersville, Glen Burnie, Gambrills, Pasadenae.
  • Xylitol (Erythritol, Maltitol, & other sugar alcohols ending in –itol) These sugars cause all kinds of problems because they are not absorbed much. Some of the most bothersome side effects of these is bloating, cramping and diarrhea.

The Good News

There is some good news. There are a lot of natural sweeteners that are delicious, readily available and actually have health benefits.

5 Healthy Natural Sweeteners

Raw honey – full of antioxidants, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B6, riboflavin and niacin. Together these neutralize damaging free radicals and promote the growth of healthy bacteriasugar free truths from Evolve Direct Primary Care, the highest rated primary care and urgent care serving Annapolis, Edgewater, Davidsonville, Crownsville, Crofton, Bowie, Arnold, Severna Park, Millersville, Glen Burnie, Gambrills, Pasadena

  • Stevia – available as liquid extract, powder, and dissolvable tablets and used in South America to support healthy blood sugar levels and weight loss. Stevia has 0 calories, 0 carbohydrates but NONE of the side effects of artificial sweeteners
  • Dates – loaded with potassium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B6. Easily digestible, help metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • Coconut sugar – Low glycemic and full of polyphenols, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants. (I love to use coconut sugar when baking in place of regular brown or white sugar).
  • Maple Syrup – a great source for manganese, calcium, potassium, zinc and antioxidants. Also helps neutralize free radicals and doesn’t give you the blood sugar “drop” you experience from other sweeteners.

Conclusion

It can seem overwhelming when learning how to replace unhealthy sweeteners with healthy ones, but it’s actually pretty simple!

There is a healthy whole food alternative for almost any artificial ingredient out there.

Leah CanaleLeah Canale, Certified Health and Wellness Coach for Evolve Direct Primary Care
Certified Health & Wellness Consultant

Quintessential Health for Evolve Direct Primary Care
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