Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners – Which is Better?

It’s a nutritional debate and one that weight-loss enthusiasts engage in regularly. And, although a quick cup of coffee at the office along with your snack from a healthy vending machine seems easy enough, deciding to add sugar or artificial sweetener may not be.

You may be tempted to grab that diet soda since it has no calories and most people looking to lose weight do. But, is it really the best choice?

Although short-term studies have suggested that you can assist your weight loss by switching from sugar to artificial sweeteners that have no calories, other studies suggest that it actually promotes weight gain. Sweetness receptors were found in fat tissue and this promotes the idea that artificial sweeteners may encourage weight gain because they stimulate new fat cell development.

Also, they’re made not just from natural substances, but also from chemicals. Animal studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may cause bladder cancer, brain tumors, and other health issues.

Types of Artificial Sweeteners

Some of the common artificial sweeteners include:

  • Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal)
  • Stevia (SweetLeaf, Truvia, PureVia)
  • Saccharin (Sugar Twin, Sweet’N Low)
  • Acesulfame K (Sunett)
  • Sucralose (Splenda)

Although you may think “natural” sweeteners are safe, fruit juices, honey, molasses and maple syrup and other products often go through a processing and refining process. Not to mention, the vitamin and mineral content that processed sugar contains isn’t that much different from the sugar substitutes. If you’re going to use aspartame or other artificial sweeteners, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends you ingest no more than 50 mg per kilogram of body weight daily.

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