Different names for Artificial Sweeteners :-
Aspartame (NutraSweet® and Equal®)
Sucralose (Splenda)- found in more than 4,500 products
Acesulfame potassium ( ACK, Sweet One®, and Sunett®)
What are artificial sweeteners?
They are substances many times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar) and because of this only a very small quantity is required to sweeten foods and beverages to the same level of sweetness that sugar would using a much larger quantity.
What do artificial sweeteners do to the body?
They trick the body into storing fat and raise a person’s risk of diabetes which creates firstly insulin sensitivity and secondly, the promotion of weight gain. If we eat something sweet, our brain releases dopamine (our brain’s reward center)the appetite-regulating hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs our brain that it is “full” once a certain amount of calories have been ingested.
Not so, when you are consuming something that tastes sweet, but does not have any calories ( artificial sweetener). The brain’s pleasure pathway is still activated by the sweet taste, but the problem is that there is not anything to deactivate it, since the calories never arrive!
What Artificial sweeteners do is trick the body into believing that it’s going to receive sugar (calories), however, the sugar does not arrive causing the body to continue to signal that it requires more, with the result being carbohydrate cravings.
They disrupt a person’s intestinal microflora meaning they alter metabolic pathways which are associated with metabolic function. Artificial sweeteners have also been found to induce gut dysbiosis (wreak havoc on your gut bacteria) and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people.
Artificial sweeteners can also cause other serious health problems, such as strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and heart attacks.
Breaking the artificial sweetener habit
If you work-out regularly your incentive to eat something sweet and unhealthy disseminates as you want to look good and start focusing on real food and if you want something sweet you are more likely to have a piece of fruit.
Eating cultured/fermented vegetables as they promote gut health and can help reduce sweet cravings.
Adding lemon or lime to your water: –
Lemons are antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and add in weight loss because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Limes have many health benefits too they also aid with weight loss, improve digestion and help give relief from constipation. According to the American Diabetes Association, limes and other citrus fruits are considered a diabetes super food mainly due to the high levels of soluble fiber found in limes making it an ideal dietary aid to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, reducing the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are a serious risk to diabetic patients.
Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon on your porridge or in your coffee adds natural sweetness. Research has shown the cinnamon helps reduce insulin resistance and sweet cravings.
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