If you’ve been trying to eat less sugar, you may have tried artificial sweeteners. And because they do not have any calories (since they are not broken down by the digestive system), artificial sugars are a popular choice by food manufacturers for “sugar free” claims!
Examples include: Saccharin, Aspartame, Sucralose, Neotame etc.
Gut Microbiome Reacts Differently
Did you know our gut microbiome reacts differently to artificial sweeteners vs real sugar? Yes.
- These micro-organisms become less able to break down real sugars the more that they are exposed to artificial sweeteners.
- Not being able to break down sugars is not good news, because this change in the microbiota can change the amount of nutrients are bodies are able to take out of the food we eat.
This means that we might not get the vitamins and minerals that we need, even when we do eat the right foods! 🙁
Better Sweetener Options
While it’s true that eating too much added sugar isn’t good for your health, there are many natural sweeteners and flavors that can enhance food. Raw honey, vanilla, and cinnamon are all excellent choices.
Try to get creative with whole food recipes in order to discover the potential of naturally flavoured food and retrain your taste buds to enjoy natural sweeteners in small quantities.
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