If you're someone who consumes artificial sweeteners and thinking you are doing the right thing by not adding calories to your overall day, I'm sorry to say but I don't come bearing good news. You see artificial sweeteners are bad for our health, our cravings, our gut and more.
It's just a marketing ploy
The marketing companies will have us believe that artificial sweeteners are better for us, will help us lose weight as there are less calories etc... unfortunately these are just marketing ploys.
Artificial sweeteners raises the hormone insulin and if you're insulin levels are raised your body stores fat. Artificial sweeteners do not aid in fat loss, in fact they increase your appetite and make the body crave carbohydrates.
Artificial - the hint is in the name!
I can't think of any food that we eat, which is good for us...that is artificial. Can you?
Artificial sweeteners are chemicals and chemicals have no place in our bodies as they cause an imbalance within our body.
Many foods you are consuming today have artificial sweeteners such as:
- chewing gum
- soft drinks
- commercial protein powders (not ours)
and most foods labelled as “diet”, “low fat” or “lite”.
What to look for on the label
Make sure you read labels and research numbers like sweetener 951 & 950. Look to avoid foods with the following:
Natural Plant based sweeteners
Opt for natural plant based sweeteners like Stevia, Stevia and Monk Fruit, Erythritol or Xylitol. They keep your insulin in check and they are plant based so gentle on the stomach and natural too.
I just recently came across a new natural plant based sweetener which is a mix of Stevia and Monk Fruit and have to say, it’s pretty damn good.
I’m not a fan of straight Stevia, as I find it too bitter, however ‘Raw Earth Sweetener Co. Stevia and Monk Fruit’ sweetener is awesome!
Look out for it in the supermarket in the sugar aisle (Aussie supermarkets).