Artificial Sugars vs. Natural Sweeteners – What’s Worse?
There are many problems with products sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. They contain excess empty calories and the added sugar causes blood sugar to spike which results in an insulin surge that promotes fat gain and stimulates your appetite.
Artificial sweeteners may save you calories, but there’s growing evidence that they can increase your appetite for sweets and other carbohydrates causing you to eat more later in the day. Therefore, you don’t really save any calories at all. Also, studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate high insulin levels in your body too, which again can promote fat storage.
Artificial sweeteners contain dangerous chemicals that the human body is not meant to ingest. These artificial sweeteners include; Splenda, Aspartame and Saccharine. Many people are ingesting a lot of these chemicals in an effort to lose weight. In addition to the problems I’ve mentioned so far, there are scientific studies that show many other health problems that are related to artificial sweeteners. Some have been linked to potential cancer risks and negative effects on the liver, kidneys, and other organs as well as gastrointestinal problems and headaches.
The safe alternatives for sweetening your food would be to use natural sweeteners like raw honey or maple syrup which contain some antioxidants, offering nutritional value and not just “empty calories”. Keep in mind that these sweeteners have the same calories as sugar and corn syrup but they will not stimulate your appetite. So when it comes down to choosing what sweetener to use you’re far better off using a natural sweetener than artificial but with that being said I would still suggest using them in moderation.