In the previous post I wrote about sugar and why you should avoid it if you like things like burning fat (which I determined, through an act of clairvoyance, is the type of weight you wish to lose). So you’re ditching sugar. Good job. The easy assumption would be to go for “sugar free” items. Grab the “lite” ice cream and the “diet” soda. Whoa there cowboy/girl. Not so fast. Let’s take a look at why you want to avoid artificial sweeteners as well.
What: Aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame k, including anything with the words diet, light, lite, reduced sugar, or less sugar on the label.
Why: Some studies suggest the sweet sensation of these sweeteners triggers a response in the body similar to sugar. There have also been studies that link consumption of artificial sweeteners to fat build-up on organs, especially the liver. A fatty liver makes weight loss extremely difficult. Some experts also believe the sweet flavor of artificial sweeteners creates in increased level of appetite causing the consumer to, well, consume more.
Eat this instead: Whole foods and snacks including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Drink water over any sweetened beverages, regular or diet.
The bottom line: Your body does not need to consume these chemistry experiments many like to call “sugar substitutes.” Don’t overkill sugar consumption; then you won’t be in search of a substitute.
NEXT: (Coming tomorrow…)
Arizona Center For Adavanced Medicine, “Soda, Diet Soda, Flavored Water” Web. April 4, 2013 http://www.arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/articles/diet_soda.html