Gym Reb3l: Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Loss
Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Loss
What Are Artificial Sweeteners?
They are low-calorie or calorie-free chemical substances that are used instead of sugar to sweeten foods and drinks.
They are found in a lot of products, from drinks, desserts, ready meals, cakes, chewing gum and even toothpaste.
Here is a list of some common and approved sweeteners in the UK:
Are They Healthy?
They may be safe, but are they healthy? Food manufacturers claim sweeteners help prevent tooth decay, control blood sugar levels and reduce our calorie intake.
The European Food Safety Authority has approved the health claims made about xylitol, sorbitol and sucralose, in relation to oral health and controlling blood sugar levels.
Also, Research shows they are perfectly safe to eat or drink on a daily basis as part of a healthy diet.
On The Other Hand, It has been suggested that the use of artificial sweeteners may have an effect on appetite and, therefore, may play a role in weight gain and obesity.
However, research into sweeteners and appetite stimulation is not conclusive.
Also, there is little evidence from longer-term studies to show that sweeteners lead to increased energy intake and add to the risk of obesity.
What Is The Best?
Also, According to research, Stevia is a favourite.
Stevia-based sweeteners use extracts from the leaves of the stevia plant, called ‘steviol glycosides’.
Which is marketed as a “natural sweetener”
Manufacturers hope stevia will appeal to consumers looking for a healthier alternative to sugar.
The plant extract which can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar and is also calorie-free and has been used as a sweetener for many years in Asia and South America.
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