What is really healthier – sugar or sweeteners?

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Using artificial sweeteners will not lose weight overnight, and they are not a substitute for a quality diet, and even small children know how much sweets can ruin teeth, while frequent and long-term consumption can stimulate the development of a range of illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes.

Those who can not give up sugar, in an effort to reduce their intake due to the need for weight loss or health, reach for artificial sweeteners, writes Express.hr.

Although unlike true sugar, artificial sugar does not have calories or very little, the question is, what is their effect on our health and are they “healthier” than ordinary white sugar?

A large number of different types of artificial sweeteners are found in a range of food products, from food to beverage. All their mission is the same – to imitate sugar with taste, and reduce its poor character.

Some sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame K and aspartame, are very sweet even in small doses, making them ideal for use in a range of products that are identified as free of sugar, such as a variety of beverages, sweets, chewing gum, and Fig.

Others such as sorbitol and xylitol (bacon sugar) are a good substitute for a range of products for those who should avoid sugar for health reasons.

Most of these replacements come with a series of alerts, so it’s no surprise that many experts will question the need to use these sugar substitutes, to answer as a “personal choice”.

Restricting sugar intake is always good, and can reduce the risk of developing obesity, tooth decay, and diabetes.

For an example of the amount of sugar you put on yourself daily, we will only say how a can of a well-spiced drink contains about nine cubes of sugar, which is much more than the recommended daily amount an adult should consume.

It is important to know that due to the use of artificial sweeteners, you will not lose weight overnight and that they are not a substitute for quality diets and healthy eating habits.

How much is synthetic sugar healthy?
Although most sweeteners are synthetic products, some are made from natural things, such as e.g. sweetener based on stevia, made from leaves of the plant. Synthetic product does not mean that it is a necessity about a product that is not healthy.

In order to make it easier for customers to choose, each food product must clearly indicate whether the sweetener contains low calorie. But sweeteners themselves do not guarantee weight loss, and the whole process will be successful only if it is matched with complete nutrition and regular exercise.

“There are studies showing that those who consume foods with fewer calories, in the short term and in the long run, tend to lose weight,” said Dr Stacy Lokier.

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