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You Do Not Have to Give up Sweets for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Some of us worry about what we eat, and some of us never seem to worry at all.  Probably the one thing that gets us the most is some kind of sweets.  They can be almost like an addiction once we get the urge.  It may be the cause of plenty of weight gain as well as lots of tooth decay.  For many, it is really hard to resist snacking constantly.  Much of this problem is due to the sugar content.  It is almost addictive for some people.  The will to leave it alone is a real struggle for many.  We are fortunate today that there are quite a few viable options in the way of artificial sweeteners.

Sugar Substitutes Have Been Around a While

It is hard for me to imagine just how long we have had sugar substitutes.  The first successful one was introduced in the late 1800s.  It was saccharin and has been available since then.  As we have had better research and development, better products have been developed.  Some of these newer versions taste more like sugar.  They provide something useful while having virtually no calories, and many people use them successfully for baking or making some kind of sweetened food or drink.

Diabetics Are the Real Beneficiary

Some individuals have a legitimate need to reduce or eliminate sugar from their diets.  For diabetics, sugar consumption may have some serious consequences for health.  The development of sugar-free products has enabled them to be included rather than excluded.  The number of these products on the market today is easy to recognize.  Every time I walk down a drink aisle, I feel like I notice more sugar-free drinks than any others.  The snack aisle appears to be beginning to compete with it.

Controlling Sugar Intake Can Help

For those who are not diabetic, it is possible to enjoy sweet treats without giving them up completely.  After all, a teaspoonful of sugar is only about 15 calories.  This is not too bad until we let it get out of hand.  The other thing about sugar is that it can wreak havoc on our teeth because the bacteria that cause decay use sugar as a source of nutrition.   It is important that we have some way to clean our teeth after we consume much sugar or sugar-sweetened products

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

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