Trying to shake off the sugar in your diet but wondering how you’re going to satisfy your sweet tooth? Here’s the truth about sugar alternatives:
Artificial Sweeteners (Splenda, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal)
Many people turn to sugar substitutes as a calorie-free way to add a taste of sweetness. The possible benefits of artificial sweeteners include weight management and blood sugar control. However, they are synthetic sugar substitutes, so be cautious not to consume too much! Animal studies have linked artificial sweeteners with increased risk of certain types of cancer and some health effects have been noted in humans. Another caveat- the taste of sugar stimulates appetite, but artificial sweeteners do not stimulate the brain in the same way that sugar does, so these substitutes can cause cravings and lead to overeating.