Not So Sweet After All?

Posted on by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach

You are probably well aware that Americans consume entirely too much sugar. Maybe you’re concerned with your own sugar intake. Maybe you’re taking steps toward limiting your sugar intake, or choosing to use artificial sweeteners to cut back on calories and still fulfill your sweet tooth. Does this sound like you? The average American consumes an average of 22 or more teaspoons of sugar a day, adding an additional 355 calories to our daily intake. Most of our sugar consumed is in the form of soda and processed foods vs. more naturally-occurring sources like the ones found in milk (lactose) and fruits (fructose). When sugar and artificial sweeteners become a staple in our diets, we lose the ability to detect foods that are naturally sweet (sweet potatoes, fruit and dairy products for example), and instead crave highly sugared foods like baked goods, sweetened beverages and processed foods. In an upcoming series of articles I’ll share the truth behind artificial sweeteners and the multitude of symptoms and problems associated with these chemicals; neurotoxins that cause appetite distortion, additional cravings for sugar, weight gain and much more. Equal, Sweet'N Low, Splenda, sugar, agave, Nutresse, and high fructose corn syrup will all be addressed to provide you with the knowledge you need to make healthier choices. If you’ve been using Equal, Sweet'N Low and Splenda in your beverages and cooking, or buying “sugar-free” products, you’ll learn how, unknowingly, you may have been doing yourself more harm than good. You’ll also learn how the term “natural” when talking about sweeteners can be highly misleading. Sure, a substance may be “natural,” but after intense processing and manipulating it into a highly concentrated form... is a sweetener really “naturally” sweet? Follow along with this sweet series, and take the reigns of your own health.