Artificial sweeteners are just one type of sugar substitute out there these days and it can be quite confusing to know which is better to use. So, lets break down artificial sweeteners.
What are artificial sweeteners?
Artificial Sweeteners’ are usually synthetic; however, some are derived from naturally occurring substances. They can be found in soft drinks, lollies, jams, dairy products, as well as being a substitute for table sugar, to be added to things such as coffee.
They are 200-600 times sweeter than sugar and contain no calories!
This means that they can be useful for weight loss on a calorie restricted diet. However, while reducing calories can help with weight-loss, how much weight you lose will depend on your overall diet, exercise, and general metabolism.
Are artificial sweeteners, healthier than sugar?
This answer is not simple…
The science is not strong on artificial sweeteners however they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and deemed safe at their recommended adequate daily intake.
If they are synthetic doesn’t that make them unhealthy?
- Some are derived from naturally occurring substances.
- Just because they are synthetic doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy.
Some studies have claimed some negative side effects, including;
- making people more hungry
- altering the taste of foods
- people who consistently consume artificial sweeteners may find less sweet foods such as fruit less appealing and unsweet foods such as vegetables completely unpalatable.
However, more studies are needed.
There are both positives and negatives to artificial sweeteners, so should you be choosing them over sugar?
It is completely up to personal choice; however, moderation is key!