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Once and for all~WHY are sugar substitutes bad for you?

Moira Riccio

And, what is the best form of sugar substitute anyway?
Here's the lineup of common sugar substitutes:  honey, pure maple syrup, agave, stevia, and/or fresh fruits.

How They Work
Artificial sweeteners may weaken the body’s ability to identify the delivery of calories into the stomach. When you consume glucose, found in foods and drinks (such as regular soda pop), your taste buds send a message to the brain that says sugar is on its way down to the stomach. Your brain then prepares your stomach to take in the sugar, while your metabolism prepares the body for the incoming calories. When the sugar is replaced by a no-calorie, artificial sweetener, and the calories never reach the stomach, the body is left in a state of confusion. Over time, your body loses the ability to gauge caloric intake, which leads to a tendency to consume more food than needed and thereby gain more weight. 

 "A good diet, regular exercise, and avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine can be beneficial," says Cynthia Comella, MD, a professor of neurology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Although there currently aren't scientific studies on healthy practices for RLS, Comella says these lifestyle changes can improve cardiovascular fitness, immunity, and cognition; reduce depression and anxiety; and help you get better sleep. The best bet is to use a very minimal amount of real sugar as part of a balanced diabetic diet," 

Food choices are challenging for everyone, but just like exercise~you gotta put it in your routine.  It only takes a few days to change habits and fix those sugar cravings!!

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