It gives you the hope that you can eat or drink certain products without worry about weight gain… that maybe they’ll even help you shed a few pounds.
But, as so often happens in the food industry, these foods don’t deliver. In fact, they have the opposite effect.
I’ve long touted my suspicions about foods filled with “fake” ingredients like artificial sweeteners. These foods are put out there like healthier options when compared to those made with real sugar.
But new research reveals that low-calorie, chemical sweeteners are far from a healthy alternative. In a review of 37 studies involving more than 400,000 people and spanning more than ten years, scientists found that people who regularly used artificial sweeteners have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also tend to weigh more.
If you’ve bought into the “diet” soda lie, it’s time to change things up.
You’d be better off drinking soda sweetened with real sugar (not high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners).
If you really want to be good to yourself and your health, start dropping a soda a week in favor of water or a lightly sweetened iced tea.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make the change. And then you can keep cutting back until you indulge in sodas as a rare treat instead of a regular staple.
If sugar-free cookies and candies are your weakness, you can make a change there, too, without giving up the goodies you enjoy.
Instead of store-bought confections, make it a rule that you’ll only indulge in cookies and candies you’ve made yourself. You’ll consume less, and when you do, you’ll know what you’re eating is free of additives, preservatives, and other nasty chemicals.
Don’t let the food industry dupe you into being fat, sick, and tired. Dump the chemical sweeteners in favor of real sugar, and indulge less often.