This is part of a series of blog posts called “14 Days to a Healthier You”
Though I used to live on Splenda, I’ve since changed my ways since doing research and discovering that my beloved artificial sweeteners are dangerous to my health.
Turns out that numerous studies have linked the consumption of artificial sweeteners (including saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, etc.) to weight gain, not weight loss. In fact, a 2008 study showed that rats who ate artificially sweetened yogurt consumed more calories, gained more weight, and put on more body fat than rats who ate yogurt sweetened with sugar. Not good news for people who have been using these sweeteners as diet tools!
So what’s a girl to do when she wants to satisfy her sweet tooth? I ditched the fake sugar and instead turned to natural sweeteners that are gentle on your body. My favorites include agave nectar, maple syrup, honey, and brown rice syrup. I also like stevia for an on-the-go sweetener, as it comes in the familiar paper packets. (If you want to check it out, Stevia in the Raw is currently offering a coupon!) These are all sweeteners that are gentle on your body and won’t spike your blood sugar the way cane sugar does; they’re also all natural, so your body can properly metabolize them. See more information on different sweeteners here.
RECOMMENDATION: Starting today, reduce your intake of artificial sweeteners. Not sure if they’re negatively impacting your health? Cut them out completely for two weeks and then reintroduce and make note of any changes to your energy, digestion, etc.