Tweaklet #24 – Dangers of Artificial Sweetners

Most of us have got the message about sugar – that we should eat much less of it or possibly cut it out altogether. But perhaps some of you did what I did and turned to artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners are just that – they are artificial. Our body does not recognise them and as such can’t process them. And if that isn’t bad enough they have some terrible side effects – from headaches and migraines to kidney and liver damage and cardiovascular disease.
And a lot of us may have been drawn to them because they’re low calorie, but in fact, artificial sweeteners are actually linked to weight gain!

The worst thing is that they make us crave sweet things even more which makes them just as addictive as sugar.
So Tweaklet friends, it’s time to get smart about artificial Sweeteners. Ditch any of those products with DIET in the label. Throw out the diet, lite or low cal sodas. Stop putting ……………………………………………………………………………………… in your hot drink.

Read your labels because Artificial Sweeteners are often hiding in things like toothpaste….. chewing gum, sweets……chewable vitamins…..low and no-calorie drinks…….salad dressings…….frozen yoghurt.

But my fellow sweet tooths, don’t despair. There are plenty of natural sweeteners we can enjoy including maple syrup……coconut sugar……stevia……raw honey…..and real fruit of course. And you can gradually retrain your palette to enjoy NATURAL sweetness by adding tangy, warm and savoury flavours from things like vanilla……licorice…..nutmeg and cinnamon.

Phew! There’s hope for us yet! Play around with today’s Tweaklet and please let me know how you get on Sweet Tooths. I love hearing from you!

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