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Posted on 08-13-2014

If only we could avoid sugar! It seems so simple―yet when you look at the alternatives, you need to know which are good and which ones are a cheap and dangerous imposter. I want to look at the topic of sugar’s evil twin: fake sugar. This substance is more commonly known as artificial sweetener. The brand names are better known still: Splenda, Sweet N Low, NutraSweet, Equal. Their names are nice, but what they do to your body is not. If you have a love for these items, or you use them frequently please have a seat and let’s talk.

I am taking some liberties in assuming you use these items because you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, lower calorie intake, or you have (due to the aforementioned reasons) developed a taste for them. All of these reasons seem like good ones, but I want to tell you that you have been fooled. I can give you actual evidence to help you conclude that they are absolutely, in no way, shape or form good for your body. This false information is most likely something you learned through advertising. The manufacturers of these products have claimed they are ‘made from sugar’ ‘taste like sugar’ or ‘won’t add calories to your food’. And sure maybe some of those statements are true, but a partial truth is what it could be considered at best. I have never liked the taste of AF, but I too (at one time) thought they were healthy alternatives. Now that I know better I would like to share with you what I have learned. If you are interested, let’s keep going, if not take this sentence as your exit.

I was researching this topic and came across my favorite post about it. You know a lot of times I recycle information on my posts. I see myself as a messenger in that regard. I can easily go to Dr. Mercola’s website and find a plethora of info on this topic. Even the Mayo Clinic will tell you the facts on AF. This is not an issue that divides the natural and clinical communities down the middle. The FDA approved these highly processed chemicals as safe, but the medical community will even tell you that studies have linked AFs to weight gain, diabetes, cancer in rats, addiction, etc. Unfortunately, the very thing that people use them for is weight loss (most of the time) and it is proving to do the opposite! Like I said, there are many articles, blog posts and other resources out there to support my opinion. Here was my favorite one.

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

This post by Modern Alternative Health not only informs you of what AFs are made of, but they give an extensive list of natural sugar substitutes. In the Ferris household, we use Maple Syrup, Raw Local Honey, Coconut Sugar and Date Paste. It just depends on the situation and the recipe. Coconut sugar is the most like cane sugar in its texture so for baking, I typically go with that one. You can find it on Amazon. I love this topic because there are real and affordable alternatives to sugar readily available if you just get the knowledge and BOOM, I just gave that to you. You want examples? Check out the display at the office tomorrow and through next week. Ask any of our Doctors and they can get you resources about AFs and sugar alternatives. 

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