Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you trying to cut back on sugar? Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes have become popular because they contain low or no calories. Plus, they help you avoid the guilt of consuming regular sugar. But, are the products as good for you as they advertise? Here, we break down the truth on what you should know about sweeteners.
Natural sweeteners include date sugar, honey, maple sugar and syrup, molasses, grape juice concentrate and agave nectar. These types of sweeteners have a nutritional value that is very similar to sugar and contain the same amount of calories. They can also contribute to weight gain, tooth decay and high blood sugar levels.
Truvia™ and Stevia
Stevia is a plant that sweetens foods and beverages. The FDA only supports the safety of part of the plant, rebiana. Truvia™ is made from rebiana and a natural sweetener, erythritol. It contains no calories and is sweeter than regular sugar. It is recommended for diabetics, people with high blood sugar and people trying to control their weight.
Splenda®(sucralose) is another artificial sweetener recommended to use if your diabetic, cutting back calories or trying to maintain a healthy diet. It has been rumored the sweetener may cause skin rashes, diarrhea, muscle aches, headaches and other health issues. However, the FDA considers the sweetener to be safe for everyone including people with chronic illnesses and says Splenda® is safe for use in all foods.
Artificial sweeteners, such as Sweet’N Low, Equal, NutraSweet and Sugar Twin, have been under the gun for decades. Many people speculate sweeteners that contain the artificial sweetener, aspartame and saccharin, cause cancer or many other illnesses.
They are not good for your body and have also been known to cause weight gain.