Artificial Sweeteners, SugarFree - At What Cost?

Posted on 05-May-2016 by Kripa Jalan

It’s highly addictive, terribly devastating BUT so freaking delicious. 

If we could blame one food item for our diminishing health and increasing waistlines, it’s SUGAR.


Our body processes sugar in a very specific way. When we consume sugar, our body has two options on how to deal with it:

·       Burn it for energy. 

·       Convert to fat and store it in your fat cells.  

The problem is there is a lot more room to be stored as fat and a lot less room for energy. 

We have always associated sugar with just diabetes, but what if I told you the damage didn’t end there? Excessive sugar consumption is associated with Coronary Heart Disease, Fatty Liver Syndrome, Cancer, Leaky Gut, and even Depression! 

Scary, I know!


·     Difficulty shedding body fat

·     Tired even after sleeping enough

·     Experience sudden energy crashes / Fatigued most of the time

·     Insufficient sleep / Keep waking up

·     Feel bloated and gassy 

·     Falling sick often / low immunity

·     Constant snacking, in spite of eating full meals

·     Breakouts / Acne

·     Hair fall / Poor texture of hair

·     Feel depressed and moody / Inability to think clearly

·     Lifestyle warnings from a medical professional

·     Poor recovery

·     Turning to food for comfort

·     Binge eating


“But I don’t eat dessert”

You’ll be surprised to know that only a small part of our sugar consumption comes from the occasional dessert. Today sugar has made its way into practically everything we eat. So we’re all consuming a lot more sugar than we’re aware of!

If you were to change one thing about your life today, start by ditching sugar!

Let’s dig deeper into some of the popular alternatives:

Honey: Was initially considered a food, not a sweetener - given that it contained a host of nutrients. Today, 75% of the honey on market shelves is stripped of these beneficial substances, making it nothing but sugar water.

Maple Syrup: Real maple syrup (not maple flavored) , like raw honey (not processed), has some redeeming qualities. It’s unprocessed so still retains some minerals like manganese and zinc. But it’s almost entirely sucrose which breaks up into fructose and glucose in the body. That could create havoc for your blood sugar levels, so use it minimally.

Stevia: If you’re looking to lower sugar intake and cut calories, Stevia might just be your best bet. It’s a herb, it has a trace amount of calories and doesn’t affect the blood sugar levels adversely. However, use it sparingly.

Artificial Sweeteners: 

If losing weight were all about the calories, then consuming the sugar-free alternatives would seem like a good idea. But in reality, that could be far worse for you than the real deal:

  •  Artificial sweeteners are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar, which only sharpens our sweet tooth.
  •  Artificial sweeteners trick your metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way and causes your body to pump Insulin, which is the fat storage hormone.
  • Artificial sweeteners confuse and slow down your metabolism, and make you crave starchy foods.

The bottom line is that there is no free ride. 

Don’t be fooled by labels. Just because a food item is labeled “sugar-free”, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. You’re not fooling anyone when you substitute honey, for white sugar. A tablespoon or two a day and you’re good. But if you find yourself heaping spoonful’s of the sticky stuff or sachets of potentially lethal chemicals into your food/beverage, you need some serious rethinking.

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