Sugar is a well-known foe to the health. A lot of people today are more conscious of their health, making them mindful of their food and drink choices. Eliminating sugar from your diet is a health-wise decision and one that is guaranteed to provide amazing benefits to your overall health.
If you desire to stop taking sugar altogether, you should remember that this will not only mean not adding sugar to your foods directly, but also eliminating or reducing sugary foods and drinks from your diet. While this may appear to be very difficult to achieve, it is nevertheless feasible and sustainable.
Most processed and packaged foods and drinks contain sugar and a lot of them too; you will do well to avoid them or reduce your intake of them. But what about foods and drinks that do not contain sugar but artificial sweeteners, should they also be avoided? Are artificial sweeteners a healthier alternative to sugar?
Artificial sweeteners are in great use today and they include aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame K and sorbitol. These substances are commonly found in drinks advertised as “sugar-free”, “zero-sugar” or “diet”. Such drinks would therefore naturally appeal to persons who do not take sugar or persons trying to eliminate sugar from their diet, but are there any health risks associated with artificial sweeteners?
Several studies have been carried out on the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body and here are some of their findings:
- It increases the risk of weight gain and obesity
- It increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease
- It may lead to disruption of normal metabolism
So, are artificial sweeteners a healthier alternative to sugar? Well, not really. So you might want to take them in moderation.