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Sugar – The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Misconceptions of sugar alternatives as “diet” foods and beverages.

Many people feel that they can take control of their health and lose weight by eliminating refined sugar and switching to artificial. They feel that finding a similar replacement for what they are craving will be the answer. However, more and more studies are showing the side effects of these sweeteners can have severe side effects.

As someone who cares about YOUR health, I wanted to make you aware of the most recent findings so that you can make an educated choice. Lets look at some of the most common sweeteners, what they do to the body as well as some potential long-term effects of using them.

Aspartame: Side effects include headaches, dizziness, mood variations, vomiting and/or nausea, abdominal pain and cramping, changes in vision, diarrhea, memory loss, and fatigue.

Splenda and Sucralose: Gastrointestinal problems, Migraines, Seizures, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Allergic reactions, Blood sugar increases, Weight gain

Sugar Alcohols (Sorbitol, Xylitol,Erythritol, Isomalt, Lactitol, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, Maltitol, Mannitol): bloating, diarrhea, laxative effect, gastrointestinal distress, fluctuating blood sugar

Saccharin: headaches, diarrhea, skin issues and headaches

Those who have switched to a “diet” or “sugar free” snacks and beverages often find they are not satisfied with just a bite or even a serving. Studies have shown that this is more than just a craving. In fact, these types of sweeteners do not fill the need the body has and the brain does not distinguish it to be a source of food. Because of that, we continue to crave sweet things, so we eat or drink more.

If you would like to read more information about artificial sweeteners please look at the resources below:

We are here to help

Are you looking to break the sweet habit? Whether it is sugar or sugar substitute, let me help. Through Nutrition Response TestingTM and a Designed Clinical Nutrition Plan we will work together to provide your body with what it needs to balance and support your body functions with complete nutrition. Together we can find ways for you to be satisfied, without compromising your health.

Knowledge is power, and the first step to change!

We are all different and the way our bodies are affected by sugar and sugar substitutes can all be different. But now, you are armed with this knowledge. We can make informed decisions about the choices we make. Our choices affect our health, our quality of life and our future. The choice is up to you.

Call the office to set up a free 15-minute consultation at (507) 333-5388.


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