If you are watching your sugar intake, you have probably looked at any number of different ways to sweeten your favorite foods and drinks. Not all of the sugar substitutes out there are good for you, and not all of them really have low or zero calories. And NONE of them have been proven to help you lose weight! In fact, studies have shown that people who drink so-called “diet” drinks actually GAIN weight, not lose it!
Artificial sweeteners which contain the chemical compound “aspartame” should be avoided. Brands (which I will not name) which come in those little colored packs (pink, blue and yellow) contain chemical compounds which, studies have shown, can cause serious health problems. Even though some claim to be zero calorie and have added vitamins, these sugar imposters are not good for you. In fact, they are harmful!
Instead, consider some of the natural alternatives such as Stevia, Monk Fruit, Maple Sugar, or Agave Nectar, all of which come from plants and are all natural (you can even find organic brands of each one). Stevia is a zero calorie option while the others have very low sugar content and low calorie count per serving.
These natural alternatives to sugar are typically found at your local grocery store on the same aisle as the sugar, but usually in a place up high or down low and not with the usual sugar substitutes. They are also a bit more expensive than the artificial alternatives, but I sure don’t mind paying a little extra for something that is natural and not likely to make me ill from chemicals breaking down in my body into non-digestible and harmful byproducts.
So, if you are looking for a way to decrease your sugar intake and your calories, but still need a little sweetness in your foods and drinks, consider one of these alternatives. Making healthy changes take time, and every little bit helps!