Natural Stevia v Artificial Sweeteners
I have never been a fan of artificial sweeteners, as a low calorie substitute for sugar it is widely available on the market. Diabetics are reliant on it as their means of ‘sweet stuff’. I know many people who take artificial sweeteners or who purchase food containing them. They all believe that they are healthy and cannot be as bad as sugar. I wanted to find out more and see if there are alternatives.
I have always heard that refined sugar is harmful. Over consumption is not good for heath and can contribute to certain life changing conditions, including type 2 diabetes. In order to avoid this sugar people turn to artificial sweeteners. However, studies have shown that they can be harmful with side effects. Symptoms can range from headaches, migraines, weight gains and even cardiovascular disease and in some cases a lot more. We tend to believe that artificial sweeteners can help us lose weight but some research suggests the opposite. I know a lot people who drink diet sodas to avoid putting on weight and always moan that they are not doing so. However they haven’t linked the two. Particularly when something is labelled ‘diet’.
Artificial sweeteners can be addictive, they make you want sweeter food. This could in turn lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and more. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can put you at risk of atherosclerosis, where plaque builds up in arteries leading to stroke, heart attacks and in some cases death.
Here is a list of some artificial sweeteners:
- Acesulfame potassium
- Sweet ‘N Low
I have come across studies that claim that artificial sweeteners are harmful to you and have significant side effects. Whilst there are many studies which argue to the contrary, with less conviction.
No matter what you believe these, artificial sweeteners are anything but natural.
I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to these chemical substances. Many consumers take these alternatives in order to lose weight and avoid other health problems, despite some research suggesting otherwise. There is a lot which goes into such studies; resources, money and time, so I will not flatly discredit the findings. Unfortunately most ‘diet’ products contain these chemicals. In my opinion there does not seem to be sufficient studies to show what the effects are where large amounts of these chemicals are taken over a long time.
Don’t worry there is something out there which is natural and will not cause concern as artificial sweeteners may.
Stevia is a natural sweetener, a sugar substitute; extracted from the green leaves of the plant Stevia Rebaudiana, grown in Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia has about 150 times the sweetness of sugar. Clinical studies confirm it is heat-stable and has a negligible effect on blood glucose, making it suitable for diabetics. What’s more it has no calories and clinical studies has shown that stevia is tooth friendly and does not cause decay.
Studies have also shown that there are other benefits of stevia, it can lower blood pressure and can help fight diabetes.
I would chose stevia over a chemical sweetener which is can lead to an adverse effect and may not assist with weight loss.
At mySisterhood our ethos is help people adopt a healthier lifestyle. You will be relieved to know that our healthy meal replacement shakes do not contain any artificial sweeteners or refined sugars.
We have opted to go for the natural stevia, a high quality ingredient. Keeping with our principles, we have no bulking agents or artificial flavours. We have incorporated super healthy black seed, aloe vera and green tea in our shakes designed to help with weight loss. They are suitable for vegans as well as being halal.