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Add Sweetness to Life Without Health Risks

By Tom Herrin

Most of us have some concerns about our health.  At least, we should.  We can get into a lot of trouble when we assume that everything is fine, and we can do whatever we want.  Making sure to get the right amount of rest and exercise can be a good start.  Another thing is to be aware of what we eat.  Eating healthy meals is important.  Even with all of this said, many of us still want to have something sweet every now and then.  

As we look around, it is pretty easy to notice that those with bad habits regarding snacking on sweets can ultimately pay the price. They may be overweight and have other health issues.  If we are wise and planned, we may be able to enjoy a few sweets while staying healthy.

Artificial Sweeteners

The history of sugar substitutes goes back a lot farther than most of us may think.  Long ago, it seems that many people used a sweetener made from lead.  Today we know that lead can cause a big number of serious health conditions, including death, but they had no such knowledge and did not make the connection.  In the late 1800s, the first successful sugar substitute was introduced.  It was saccharin.  In the past few years, several more have been developed, and some seem to taste almost like sugar.  We all know how popular they appear to be.

Help for Diabetics

Prior to good safe artificial sweeteners, diabetics were pretty limited as to what they could eat.  With the sweaters, they can have pretty much the same foods and drinks as everyone else.  This has surely changed the quality of life for them.  Besides the extreme popularity of sugar-free drinks, many people use sweeteners in baking, or cooking.  While their may be some occasional concerns, they are generally safe.

Sugar Does Not Have to Be Out

Even with all of the potential problems related to sugar, it is not all bad.  While diabetics may need to avoid it, others should be able to have a sweet treat every once in a while.  They simply have to know their limits.  Making a decision about how much you will consume ahead of time may be all it takes.  Then stay with the decision.  Like so many other things, self-discipline can make a difference.

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

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