Sugars vs artificial sweeteners:
Sugars get a bad name, particularly with the recent sugar tax added to fizzy drinks in an attempt to reduce the growing obesity rates.
But in response to that, products are now increasingly made with artificial sweeteners, comprised of: aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-k and saccharin. There has been much controversy amongst research papers as to whether these artificial ingredients can contribute to cancer, but on review these studies were on rats and the hypothesis regarding a carcinogenic link did not show significance in humans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sugars come in many forms, most commonly glucose, fructose, sucrose and lactose. When you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into these sugars in the gut. Your body doesn’t know the difference from ones you’ve digested yourself, or ingested already broken down.
So what do I conclude?
Sugars are bad if eaten in excess, putting you in a calorie excess and therefore contributing to fat gain. If consumed within calorie limits, they are a valuable energy tool and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. Sweeteners are often part of foods that contain very little nutritional value and should be consumed in moderation for this reason.
I’m happy to do a longer discussion on this on IGTV if enough people want it- leave me a comment below! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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