It seems to be a generally accepted fact that using artificial sugars and sweeteners in your tea or coffee is a healthy alternative to using actual sugar. Brands like Splenda and ingredients like aspartame can be found everywhere from restaurants to grocery stores. More often than not, we reach for these sweeteners without a second glance. However, study after study has proven that artificial sugars and sweeteners not only do nothing to help you lose weight, but may actually contribute to weight gain and other health problems.
Although the name should act as something of a warning (they are called artificial sweeteners, after all), many people regularly consume these products as part of their everyday diet. In fact, it’s estimated that almost half of adults and a quarter of children in the United States consume artificial sugars and sweeteners on a daily basis. This is because many people believe that these sorts of sweeteners are healthier alternatives.
However, there are some sweeteners besides sugar that make for healthy substitutes, and have even more sweetness than sugar. One such sweetener is Stevia, which comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, and is around 200 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia also comes with its fair share of healthy upsides as well, causing it to be highly recommended across the board by health professionals. Some bonuses of consuming Stevia as part of your diet include:
-Keeping blood sugar levels in check
-Controlling cholesterol levels
-May help with weight loss and fat burning
-Has almost zero calories
These are just a few of the many positives of replacing sugars and artificial sweeteners in your diet with Stevia. However, make sure to stay away from some Stevia products that are highly processed and unnatural, as these end up containing very little actual Stevia. For more info on how much sugar you should be getting in your diet, check out some of our other blog posts.