Sugar free products and artificial sweeteners sound great right? Like the sweetener (Splenda) you add to your cup of coffee or the diet soda? It could not be better for losing weight, they have fewer calories after all. Or at least that is what we think.

Low calorie and sugar free does not always mean healthy. Some “sugar free” labels mask the calories present in the food or drink. There can be more than you think. Take for example some “sugar-free” cookies. They can still contain white flour that has the same effect as refined sugar on your blood sugar level, it will go soaring. then you crash and you may end up feeling hungry again only a little while later, and you’ll end up overeating.

Studies have shown artificial sweeteners can even increase your appetite.

Two of the most common articifial sweeteners are sucralose and aspartame.

  1. Sucralose (which is in Splenda) can have horrifying side effects. Recent studies have shown that Splenda can enlarge the liver and kidneys and shrink the thymus glands. The thymus gland is an important part of your immune system. Splenda has also been reported to cause skin rashes, panic, diarrhea, headaches, bladder issues and stomach pain. Not a nice way to start your day.
  2. Aspartame has its fair share of scary side effects too. Brands like NutraSweet, Equal, NatraSweet all contain aspartame. You can get hallucinations, seizures, or even brain tumors from consuming it. Is it really worth taking anymore?

I encourage you to switch artificial sweeteners to natural sugar alternatives without the side effects and extra calories. Some great alternatives are stevia and xylitol.

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