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Sweeteners Should Have a Purpose

By Tom Herrin

Most of us do things out of habit.  If not that, we may do them because it seems that everyone around us does whatever it is.  In case you haven't thought about it, artificial sweeteners are in use almost everywhere.  Lots of new soft drinks have been introduced that advertise the fact that they do not contain real sugar.  These drinks seem to disappear from the shelves at an amazing rate.  On the other hand, there are some drinks that are labeled as being made with real sugar, so there is a market out there for all kinds of things.  Drinks are not the only things that deal with this as many foods also play with sweeteners.  I always notice the sugar-free ice cream in the coolers.

Why Use Artificial?

The number one user of artificial sweeteners are likely diabetics.  For them, the progress made with sugar substitutes has been a real advancement.  It has allowed them to enjoy some of the same foods and drinks as others since many of the newer versions of artificial sweeteners have a taste that is really close to the real thing.  These products fit well into the plan for management of the health of any diabetic.  Many of these are easy to substitute in cooking or baking as well.

Can I Lose Weight?

It is hard to say whether or not artificial sweeteners are really designed for reducing weight.  Many people I have known, who are obese, drink sugar-free drink constantly with no apparent change in their weight.  Some studies have indicated that these products may actually increase appetite.  As a result, some may have gained weight.  For certain, the idea of using artificial sweeteners to protect our teeth may be a good one.  Bacteria that cause tooth decay use sugar are a source of nutrition, so they get pretty healthy while our teeth go the other way.  

Do I Strike Sugar off the List?

Sugar is not all that bad.  It is the habits we form that do most of us in.  Constant snacking or consuming drinks with sugar can result in us taking in entirely too much sugar.  Unless we are diabetic, there is very little wrong with us having an occasional sweet treat.  We just need to do so with planning and self-control.  Limiting our sugar intake, and cleaning our teeth well afterwards, can allow most of us to still live a healthy lifestyle.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rogers, Ark.

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