Sugar Substitutes: The Sweet Truth
Are your snacks, desserts, medicines, and even toiletries made with the healthiest sweeteners? From aspartame to stevia, we take a close look at popular sugar substitutes. By: Maureen Callahan, M.S., R.D.
Artificial Sugar in Moderation
Like many ingredients, sugar substitutes have a good side and a bad. With little or no calories, they are a great alternative to real sugar, especially for diabetics trying to control their blood sugar levels.
But it's also true that these sweeteners are found in foods that have little nutritional value, like diet soda and frozen meals. Several studies have also found a link between sugar substitutes and weight gain. In order to maintain a healthy body, treat sugar substitutes just like sugar, and only consume in moderation.
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