Use Caution with Artificial Sweeteners and Other Chemically Created Foods

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Today’s This and That post will cover some thoughts on artificial sweeteners, vs natural sweeteners.

First of all, this is a complicated subject, but here are some general thoughts.

Sweets are a natural and desirable part of our flavor palette, and we inventive humans have come up with all kinds of ways to satisfy that desire. Artificial sweeteners have been invented by people. They do not exist in nature. They do taste sweet, sometimes hyper sweet. Some have calories and some do not. So they are marketed as sweet, with no or low calories, which makes them sound safer and better, perhaps, for weight management. But it’s not that simple.

Chemically Created Foods

Some of these chemically created foods have side effects like headaches. Because they are stronger than natural sugars, they can create an unnatural urge for sweets, almost like an addiction, and reduce the ability to taste sweetness in regular food. Because there are fewer calories in artificial sweeteners, people often wind up eating more food, and often more food processed with artificial sweeteners. This scenario lends itself to obesity and an increased chance to develop diabetes. Large quantities of sugar in any form triggers a cascade of responses in our bodies that can lead to inflammation and a host of health problems.

This is further complicated by the fact that artificial sweeteners are in all sorts of commonly used products including toothpaste and mouthwash, children’s chewable vitamins, cough syrup and liquid medicines, chewing gum, no-calorie waters and drinks, alcoholic beverages, salad dressings, frozen yogurt and other frozen deserts, candies, baked goods, yogurt, breakfast cereals, processed snack foods, “Lite” or diet fruit juices and beverages, prepared meats, and more.

Read the Label!

Some of the common artificial sugars include Aspartame (Equal), NutraSweet, NatraTaste Blue, Sucralose (Splenda), Acesulfame K (ACE K, Sunette, Equal Spoonful, Sweet One, Sweet ‘n Safe), Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin), Xylitol, Sorbitol. There are many more as well!

When you read the ingredient list on your food items, if you come across a complicated sounding name, it might be some form of artificial sugar. Might be good to look it up!

Wishing you all the best,