Best And Worst Sweeteners

It’s common knowledge that too much sugar is bad for us.  Research indicates it’s linked not only to diabetes, but heart disease and liver disease as well.

And that’s the epidemic here in America, we all have a sweet tooth. In fact, big beverage and big food manufacturers know that and their job is to serve us. So what happens? They manufacture and sell food and drinks full of fat and/or sugar.

We all know sugar is not good for us. But many people are unaware that even some natural sugars that are available as natural sweeteners are not good for us either. And a lot of people use these on a daily basis without realizing they are harmful to our bodies.

Energy drinks: Let’s look at energy drinks, very popular right now. One of the top-selling brands contains 110 calories and 27 grams of sugar per serving. Each container has two servings, so double that and you’re talking over 50 grams of sugar in this product. Your sweet tooth will love this and it will also create the energy you need quickly because it’s got plenty of caffeine, more than you need. It’s a lot more than a cup of coffee.

Another competitor does a little bit better job of explaining the contents. They tell you up front the entire can contains 39 grams of sugar; slightly less than the top-selling brand but still a ton of sugar along with taurine and caffeine which doesn’t serve you.

Another problem is that shortly after the energy boost comes the sugar crash and the caffeine crash, leaving you feeling worse than you did in the first place.

Now, the energy drink business has gotten clever and launched a low calorie option as well. In the low calorie version they have substituted sugar with artificial sweeteners, making this version zero calories and zero sugar. Sucralose is the ingredient you want to watch out for in these low calorie drinks.

Sucralose is actually 400-700 times sweeter than sugar, and does not have a bitter aftertaste like many other popular sweeteners. However, studies have shown sucralose to raise blood sugar and insulin levels in some people. Other health problems have also been noted, such as disruption to healthy gut bacteria.

So if you are using a zero calorie, zero sugar product, make sure you look at the list of ingredients and look for sucralose. It’s definitely an ingredient you want to stay from from.

Sports drinks: Next let’s talk about one of the drinks marketed as “sports” drinks. Go to any kids soccer game and you’ll find moms handing these drinks out to their kids at halftime and after the game. These popular drinks contain 140 calories, 34 grams of sugar and artificial colors. 34 grams of sugar?? Our kids don’t need that much sugar after 90 minutes of exercise. In this case, the blame goes to the beverage industry, not the soccer moms. The industry is developing beverages with cheap ingredients. Sugar is very cheap to use plus the sweet flavor appeals to the normal user.

What many people don’t realize is if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! After exercise, you want to get your body ready to absorb water and the way you do that is through ingestion of potassium, sodium, magnesium and other minerals and electrolytes that will allow water absorption to occur quickly. These popular sports drinks do not contain these bioavailable ingredients yet they are marketed as a product to athletes. Most pro athletes don’t drink these.

Vitamin water: lots of companies have products marketed as water containing vitamins. But are there enough vitamins to do you any good? Not really, typically only trace amounts plus they can contain as much as 32 grams of sugar. And like the energy drink competitors, they market a zero calorie, zero sugar version along made with the artificial sweeteners that are bad for you.

“Natural” products: There are a couple of companies now developing natural products to meet our sweet taste buds. But again, we don’t know enough about the ingredients, so what we’re choosing may not be serving our body’s needs. Unfortunately they do contain a lot of sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are things like erythritol, sorbitol and maltitol. Consuming too much sugar alcohol can cause problems such as digestion and stomach problems. Diarrhea and bloating are very common. Again, no matter where you are shopping, always read your labels.

Coconut water: Another popular choice but also contains lots of sugar. Not all coconut waters are alike. Coconut water does contain minerals and potassium, which you need to help with cramping or recovery after a run, but not much in sodium, which you also need. It’s great for prepping yourself to absorb water, however be cautious of the sugar content.

Hyburst:  Here is the GOOD news! There ARE sweeteners that are better for you! Stevia leaf extract and monk fruit are two of those sweeteners. And Hyburst uses both of these sweeteners.Does stevia and monk fruit do as good of a job as tasting exactly like sugar? No, they don’t but they’re getting better and better in how they refine them so they DO taste more like sugar. Hyburst is a product that has a natural, slightly sweet taste that’s very refreshing. Even if you’re not a fan of stevia or monk fruit, give Hyburst a try for 10 days. Your taste buds will adjust in that time and you will be able to kick your sweet cravings completely! You will definitely notice the difference!

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