Everything You Need to Know About Artificial Sweeteners

April 13, 2018

 

Are they healthier than natural sugar? Turns out, artificial sweeteners alter your body in ways that may impact your health."

Everyone knows about hidden sugars found in foods like cereals, granola bars, and fruit juices. Since those sugars can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, and diabetes, people often opt for artificial sweeteners like Splenda or Sweet 'n' Low. But is artificial sweetener just as bad for you as natural or added sugars?

While the American Heart Association recommends women should have no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day and that men should have no more than 9 teaspoons, the average American consumes nearly 20 teaspoons per day. But turning to zero-calorie sweeteners may not be the greatest solution.

Artificial sweeteners alter certain bacterias in your body in ways that may impact your health in similar ways natural and added sugars can. However, it’s unclear if there is a correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. So what are some the steps in preventing overconsumption of sugars?

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