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Sweeten the Right Way for Good Health

By Tom Herrin

For most things, there is a good and bad way of doing it.  This may apply to what we eat and drink as well.  For many years, people who needed to restrict sugar were somewhat left out when it came to eating or drinking anything that is sweet.  There were quite a few people who tried to develop a usable sweetener that would not put people at risk who needed such help.  By the late 19th century, a successful artificial sweetener was finally made available.  This was saccharin, and it has actually been in use ever since.  While there was a scare some years ago, it was pretty much proven to be based on a flawed study.  In the past few years, some other artificial sweeteners have been made available.  Some of these seem to have even more similarities to the actual taste of sugar.

Help for Diabetics

The individuals who likely benefit the most from sugar substitutes are diabetics.  They should be the real target.  Without these sweeteners, it can be a real challenge to find foods and drinks that can give them enough variety.  With these sweeteners, diabetics can enjoy most of the same foods and drinks as everyone else.  The development of these must have been a true life-changing experience for many.  All we need to do is stroll down the aisle at any grocery stores and see the large number of drinks that are marked as sugar-free.  It looks like it may possibly be the largest group.

Some Sweeteners May Help Cut Calories

A lot of us try to reduce the number of calories we take in each day.  Artificial sweeteners do help us with that.  Most regular soft drinks have in the range of 200 calories or more while the sugar-free drinks have zero.  There have been various questions about possible negative effects of some of these but many feel the good outweighs the risks.  Another good thing about going sugar-free is that it can save on some dental problems.

Sugar May Not Be Taboo

While some seem to demonize sugar, it is not all bad.  Our personal habits are likely the biggest threat.  Unless we are diabetic, most of us can enjoy a sweet treat now and then if we will recognize our own limits.  Of course, making sure to clean our teeth afterwards will help as well. 

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

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