ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. SHOULD YOU USE THEM?

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.  WILL THEY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

In the forever lasting quest to be slim (or stay slim) we might turn to artificial sweeteners.  I suppose it’s one more way we could cut our calorie intake without much effort.  But should you use them? Do they even work with what you might be trying to do?

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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS IN AUSTRALIA

 

In Australia we have 5 main artificial sweeteners that you might find in your foods. 3 of these link to cancer.  This means in scientific studies they use large amounts of these sweeteners in animals which then develop some form of cancer. The studies are not based on what the average person uses in their tea or coffee. This article here goes into more detail.

 

The facts are that sugar has calories. We would prefer to avoid these calories to help us lose weight but I don’t believe it’s a good reason to use artificial sweeteners.

 

The research I read about isn’t conclusive but why should you risk it?  This is your health we’re talking about.  If you’re on a mission to lose weight and get healthy you need to analyse the strategies you are using.  Dying thin isn’t on my to do list. I don’t think anyone is ever going to regret NOT using artificial sweeteners!

 

Having said that, I have used artificial sweeteners.  I used them for years! I then got wind that they’re not good for me, so I decided I should cut them out.  It wasn’t easy. I didn’t want the calories of sugar again and I also didn’t want no sugar!

NO SUGAR

I decided no sugar was better than artificial stuff so I just went cold turkey.  It took a while for my taste buds to adjust but they did adjust.  I have accidentally drank someone else’s coffee with sugar in it and almost spat it out.  Absolutely revolting! Nevertheless a few years ago that was the coffee I was happily drinking several times a day! I suggest you wean yourself off it if it’s easier. Go from 2 teaspoons to 1 to a half to none. Before you know it you will have no added sugar to your tea or coffee.  And if you’re like me, you drink at least 4 – 5 cups a day.  It adds up!

 

STEVIA

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock , surely you’ve heard of stevia.  If not you have come to the right place.

Stevia is an alternative to sugar but it isn’t artificial. It comes from the stevia plant. Stevia has no calories but some brands do add some additives for a better taste and this may increase the calorie content. I suggest reading the labelling carefully for that reason.

 

 

 

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND GAINING WEIGHT

There is a theory that consuming artificial sweeteners still has the same effect on the body as real sugar in that it will crave more and more sugar  (carb cravings). Read my earlier posts on carbs here, here and here. I’m also going to assume whist stevia hasn’t been linked to any cancers it could still have the potential to increase carb cravings as the artificial ones.  I don’t know about you but I don’t need anymore cravings in that department. Read the article here that reports studies that link artificial sweeteners with weight gain. 

 

Artificial sweeteners; should you use them?  I think this is a no brainer. You don’t NEED artificial sweeteners in your diet. And even if all the research isn’t conclusive I’m not having them. If I don’t use them then there is no chance for anything.  At the end of the day just get used to no sugar.

Having said that, I enjoy the occasional coke zero. It has aspartame and acesulfame k as the artificial sweeteners in it. Aspartame is one of the artificial sweeteners that links to lymphoma and leukaemia in rats. If you’re a regular drinker of diet soft drinks be aware of that too. I like it because it’s not as sweet as regular coke and I found diet coke had a bitter after taste.

 

DRAWBACK TO NO SUGAR IN COFFEE

 

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The only drawback I have found in not having sugar in my coffee is that I can spot a bad coffee a mile away! I also have my coffee with no milk.  There is nowhere for bad coffee to hide!

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  1. I can’t say I’m a fan of artificial sweeteners either, I’d rather just have my sweet fix from fruit haha! Definitely don’t need them in your diet. Besides, we’re better off just consuming a diet rich in whole foods and naturally limiting our sugar intake that way. It’s interesting how once you start incorporating more veggies and bitter tasting food in general, your craving for sugary foods drops so much! xx

    1. You’re absolutely right Chante. If you stick to healthy foods you naturally avoid artificial sweeteners and sugars.

  2. Such a great post. There is definitely a lot of misconception in regards to artificial sweeteners. x

    1. Misconceptions are definitely out there. We just really need to get to know what we are putting into our bodies!

  3. This is really interesting! Especially with everyone going sugar free! Good on you for cutting out both sugar and artificial sweeteners! 🙂

  4. I am not a fan of them, but I think so many people have the wrong idea about them. Thanks for sharing, I think a lot of people have this question.

    xx
    Faith

  5. I was never really into adding sugar to coffee or drinking a lot of soda, but I used to loooove sweat tea. Then I decided to cut most sugar out. I still have treats every now and again, but I rarely ever ADD sugar to anything. Now when I do happen to have a sweet tea, I don’t really enjoy. It’s crazy how your body changes.

  6. It can be really hard to get yourself off of sugar, and definitely to stop using artificial sweetener as a crutch! This is great advice for those looking to reduce or eliminate sugar in their diet. Insightful read!

    1. Eliminating sugar does take time, you have to really want to do it. Glad you enjoyed the read xx

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