Did you know that sugar is hidden in so many of our foods and is one of the culprits destroying your health? Just one Frappuccino with your favorite sweetener-sucralose, acesulfame-potassium (Nutra sweet), Splenda, Sweet 'n Low, Sugar in the Raw, and high fructose corn syrup-could be destroying your health.
These fancy morning cocktails or morning fixes are an open door to diabetes. Light coffee frap, this 90-calorie caffeine boost is a seemingly healthy substitution for its “regular” counterpart, a blended beverage with more than double the calories and a day’s worth of sugar. Even by making a skinny swap to a sugar-free substitute has become a standard first step in cutting calories, fat and sugar intake for the health-conscious. Well, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts lovers, the artificial additives may even be more hazardous pitfalls when considering long-term health risks.
When artificial sweeteners began to make their way into mainstream beverages and foods as “healthy” alternatives to your sweet-tooth traps, most Americans picked up on the trend, and the advertising: "Only one calorie" or the 100 calorie snacks, thinking they were simply cutting unnecessary sugar from their diets. You have been tricked again! With innocent names like Equal, Splenda and Sweet ‘n Low—the household names for aspartame, sucralose and saccharin—those baby colored little packets are now found homes in kitchen pantries, on restaurant tabletops, in churches and even in hospitals!. The ingredient list, however, is unpronounceable and goes overlooked. It is time to tell the truth about what is going on or what I say is sneaking in the back doors without our knowledge. It has been said, “What you don't know won't hurt you,” but the truth is what you don't know and it may KILL you!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends a daily dietary limit of around 40 grams, or only 10 teaspoons, of added sugar. However, just one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola exceeds that limit in just a few quick gulps. But making the switch from added sugar to artificial sugar doesn't take care of that problem either.
Sugars found in natural sources, such as fruit or honey, are part of a nutrient-rich package, and are not to be confused with added sugar-laden, empty-calorie foods like candy, soda and Little Debbie snacks, which are just junk foods. Begin treating your body with something made with a natural sugar. It may still be less harmful than the zero-calorie, fat-free, low-carb chemical replacement and at least you know you are eating the real thing. Learn to read the back of the packages for the ingredients and make sure they are not harmful and that you recognize what they are before consuming them.
We have essentially become human guinea pigs. New, yet unproven chemical remedies are not the answer to this problem that is deadly and is destroying our health. Although this problem isn't goof-proof, we do need to know what options we have when it comes to a sugar solution. Because many artificially produced foods have potential harmful effects, I want to give you some healthier choices that will keep you safe at the plate.
A person is always better off with the natural choice. If you eat too many sweet foods, you feel sick, but if you eat too much aspartame, you may not have the indicators to shut that craving down. The chemical may not contain any calories, but your body still cannot break it down.
“The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends a daily dietary limit of around 40 grams, or only 10 teaspoons, of added sugar."
Aspartame is responsible for over 75 percent of adverse food reactions, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is potentially one of the most harmful additives on the market; the body does not metabolize it—or similar sugar substitutes—easily.
Here are some other sneaky sugar culprits inside your favorite products, so watch out the next time you are shopping for your next meal. None of these ingredients should be on the back of the packages you bring home.
Corn syrup solids
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
So now you know that while the idea of artificial additives is suddenly not so sweet, sugar cravings can still be kicked with natural alternatives.
Natural Stevia, a natural herb, Pure Xylitol, Lakanto (Monk Fruit), Pure Raw Honey and maple syrup and organic dates or figs are all chemical-free, unprocessed and natural—they are sure to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. They are still sweet and you want to keep control in this area. Lucuma, mesquite may help you with the sweet-tooth habit, as well. And adding almond milk, a little natural vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon to black coffee can help wean the worst “sugar-free” addicts from their Frappuccino and morning Chemical Drink habit. So the next time you need a fix of some sugary goodness without the unpronounceable substances... ditch it then switch it to a sweeter alternative that works. Your body will thank you for it. And you know what...some of those unwanted pounds may find another resting place. So put a fork in it, ‘cause I'm done!!!
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