Sugar in all its types is one of the major causes of heart diseases and obesity in America. When stripped of antioxidants and fiber, high fructose and sucrose corn syrup causes rise in insulin and blood glucose. Fructose that is a common component in most sugars causes insulin intolerance. Since people are more conscious about healthy eating in today’s generation than in previous generations they have shifted from using sugar to using artificial sweeteners.
Some seek to reduce the sugar in their diet because they have diabetes while others want to reduce the calories in their diet because they want to reduce weight or avoid weight gain (Whitney et al., 2008). People trying to reduce calories and sugar in their diet turn to artificial sweeteners and or sugar substitutes. This paper will answer two questions: Are artificial sweeteners a safe alternative to sugar? Can they help people lose weight, or can they actually have the opposite affect?
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Removing sugar from chocolates and sugars does not make them low on fats or calories. If you consume to much artificial sugar, you will end up with more calories that you need. Artificial sweeteners also have limited or no nutritional value. However, when used sensibly and appropriately, sweeteners cause no harm to one’s health. For example, drinking diet soda instead of regular soda is okay but you should not make it your only beverage.
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