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Healthy Sweeteners?

18 Feb

We’re all aware that sugar, especially refined sugar, is bad for you. Right? So, what we’ve done is come up with “healthy sweeteners” to substitute our desire for it. We use things like Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, and the latest horrifying craze? Splenda. Let me put to rest any thoughts that Splenda is healthy…umm, it’s not! I know some people who use this all the time thinking they’re being “healthy”. We are deceived! High Fructose Corn Syrup is another one to stay far away from! There are studies that show that this causes fat to build up around your major organs. Ew! No thanks! There are plenty of other problems it can cause, too! Here is just one of many articles on the subject. And do you know that it’s in ALOT of groceries? Just read the labels! One of the number one consumed beverages in America contains it: Coke, Pepsi, most of the major colas. We do our best in our family to read labels and steer clear away from this ingredient. We try to stay away from any sugar, as they all just turn to fat. Not to mention they’re bad for your teeth!

So, are there any truly “healthy sweeteners” out there? Well, of course I’d advise you to stay away from sweeteners as much as possible. I know that is easier said than done (spoken by a true sugar addict with the biggest sweet tooth on the planet)! Our society consumes FAR too much sugar or fructose. On those occasions, though, when you want to add just a little something sweet, there are a few healthy options. Raw honey, Pure maple sugar (PURE, not Aunt Jemima!), and Stevia are good choices. Depending on what it is, you can also add applesauce or some other fruit juice to add some naturally sweet flavor. Agave may be used in limited amounts. Read this for more on agave syrup, and whether or not it’s truly healthy.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on Aspartame! Diet sodas contain this ingredient because it contains fewer calories than sugar, but it is NOT healthy in the least! If given the choice, I’d rather consume just a little bit of something containing sugar in the ingredients than a whole Diet Coke with Aspartame!

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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Food/recipes, Health

 

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