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In the pursuit to consume less sugar and stabilize blood sugar, we may use sweeteners like aspartame (“Equal”), sorbitol, sucralose (“Splenda”) or saccharin (“Sweet n Low”). Although these sweeteners have been approved by the FDA as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS), they are also known to present significant health costs.
Health Costs Associated with Artificial Sweeteners
- Increased obesity rates. Studies show that consumption of diet sodas increased rates of obesity in adults, stimulating increased caloric intake from solid foods.
- Changes to gut bacteria. Artificial sweeteners can cause changes to gut bacteria, leading to increased glucose intolerance, which is linked to obesity and diabetes.
- Gas and bloating. Sweeteners made of sugar alcohols like sorbitol can cause gas and bloating because it is not digested by the small intestines.
Artificial sweeteners also make a difficult baking substitute. Due to different sweetness-to-volume ratios than sugar, they aren’t necessarily compatible for certain recipes, making
Fortunately, there are more natural alternative sweeteners available. Here are a few that are growing in popularity and increasingly found in products and cabinets.
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