Body Blog: Step Away from the Artificial Sweeteners!
I have something to share with you. Something many of you don’t want to hear (ignorance is bliss, right?), but something you all need to hear. Something that goes against everything we’ve been taught our whole lives. Something that is going to rock your world. You ready for it?
Zero calories doesn’t always equal healthy.
If your favorite dessert is claiming to be calorie free, or you’re reaching daily for that “skinny vanilla latte” thinking skinny latte = skinny jeans, think again. The truth is all of these things are loaded with artificial sweeteners. Chemicals. Things your body doesn’t recognize and are actually poisonous for your bootylicious bod.
Hard to swallow, right? Girl, I know it. Every time I try to convince my friends that artificial sweeteners turn into formaldehyde in their body, are the furthest thing from natural and that it’s actually better for us all to have a little of the REAL stuff then this fake crap that millions of us are now putting in our bodies multile times a day, I get the same response: “Everything is going to cause cancer eventually so why not at least look good now?!”
Well, what if I told you that your artificial sweeteners are actually making you FAT? Gasp! Shudder! The horror!
I know, but it’s true.
Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners actually make you… EAT MORE, When you’re
sipping on chugging Diet Coke (or whatever other artificial sweetener laden food or drink you enjoy) it confuses your body and convinces your brain that food is coming. To prepare, your body produces insulin, which actually drives up your appetite, slows down your metabolism and leaves you with a few extra pounds around your midsection. Studies have shown that people who drink diet soft drinks at meals end up consuming more food than those drinking water.
So for those of you freaking out, thinking real sugar is going to be the death of you AND your Spring Break body, here are some great sugar alternatives that are natural and delicious. Try weaning yourself off the artificial and lean in to real, all natural solutions. I promise you will feel and look better.
Stevia – Harvested from the Stevia plant, it’s an all natural, zero calorie sweetener. It comes in powdered packets for on-the-go, but my favorites are the flavored drops. They have everything from cinnamon to peppermint to English Toffee to Lemon and they are all great. I use it in my coffee, for baking – pretty much in everything.
Agave Nectar – Agave is a better choice than sugar because while they are similar nutritionally, what you can’t tell from the comparison is how your body processes and reacts to it. Agave is praised for being low on the glycemic index (GI), which means it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar levels the way sugar does. High-GI foods like white sugar make us feel hungrier sooner, and give us that sugar crash. Foods made with agave nectar may keep you feeling fuller longer … which translates to eating less.
Truvia – Another form of stevia, Truvia is now even showing up at some restaurants and in some commercial beverages. Woot woot!
Sugar in the Raw - Okay so this is still sugar, BUT this brown stuff is better for you than the white processed crap. Just use it in moderation and you’ll be fine. Promise.
So what do you think? Will you be trading in your daily Diet Cokes for some more natural alternatives? Share your thoughts and questions below!