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The Truth About Sugar: Artificial Sweeteners

on September 20, 2012 by Jami Balmet 11 comments

Eating a whole/real foods diet can seem challenging. When I first began discovering whole foods, I was really confused and overwhelmed. There is so much conflicting information out there on what is healthy and what isn’t.

One area I was very confused about was sugar and artificial sweeteners. One of the things that led me to a whole foods diet was discovering how much sugar is in our diet. My husband and I had begun a new diet where we couldn’t have more than 15g of sugar in a day. Seems simple right? Actually in just one 6oz carton of yoplait yogurt there is 27g of sugar!! This led me down a path of discovering how much sugar is really in our food.

So naturally my second discovery was with artificial sweeteners. If you have too much sugar in your diet then just go with the “sugar free” options right?? What are healthy alternatives?

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  1. Great article on the dangers of artificial sweeteners etc. If more people would look for themselves, they would likely stop using that junk. Just because the FDA says something is safe, doesn’t mean it is. Question whatever you put into your body, how close to its natural state is it? Or how much has man fooled with it?

    We live in TN, which unfortunetly is one of the nations most obese states. Sugar is way out of hand here. We really noticed when we went up north and realized we didn’t see nearly as many heavy people.

    I also believe it really winds us up, including children. Moms too often go for the easy snacks, like fruit roll ups or as you mentioned even Yoplait yogart is loaded w/ sugar. I buy a plain greek yogart and just add a tiny bit of honey to it, much less than 27 grams, which equals almost 6 teaspoons! YUCK!

    I am not against a little candy, we buy dark chocolate Kisses and have one or two AFTER eating a healthy meal, not instead of. Regular chocolate is no longer even appealing to me. Once you cut down your addiction to sugar, and it is addictive, you feel so much better and your appetite for it is much lower.

    • Thanks Gretchen! I ALWAYS assumed that since the FDA said it was safe, that it must be. But wow, that is so far from the truth!! Dark chocolate is the BEST! That’s a favorite in our house.

  2. Hi Jamie Leigh, so good to see you’re getting into “real” food! I’ll share a part of my story- when my husband and I got together, we were still in college and had absolutely no financial room for anything, basically -and were on a $40 dollar budget for groceries per week. We just bought the cheapest of everything -and after a while, I just started to feel horrible -depressed, bloated, and tired -sooo tired. At that moment, we made the switch to eating healthy -first step was cutting out all the sugars, and within days I noticed that my mind seemed to clear up again, as if the fog of some sort lifted…the depressive feelings went away, my energy came back, and my whole joye de vivre seemed to have returned. From then, we’ve taken baby steps to where we are now -cooking almost everything from scratch (OK, there are some things I sometimes crave that just can’t be homemade, like M&M’s..) and started re-introducing sugar into the menu, but only in the form of sugar in homemade cookies, cakes and sweets. I know my sugar limits now, know when to cut back, and generally became a much better cook -I’d rather make tortillas at home, for example, than go to the store to buy them, because I know what is in my own tortillas. Husband even complains when I use storebought sauce occasionally (“this tastes of preservatives, eew!”). One person that really helped me, was The Frugal Girl at http://www.thefrugalgirl.com .

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Jemma,

      Thanks for stopping by! This is similar to our story! We were married in college as well and frozen burritos were a staple of our diet 😉 I look back at pictures of our first apartment and shutter when I see the Kitchen- full of boxed food and top ramen! Lol! We started eating healthier because of my husbands blood pressure and cholesterol and had a similar journey. I’ve noticed now too that too much sugar makes me feel HORRIBLE! Haha my husband totally prefers my homemade things too! He always begs me to make homemade tortillas and I have to apologize to him when I buy store bought lol! Thanks for the link, I’ll go check her out.

    • Thanks for the question Danielle! I would say most, if not all, artificial sweeteners are harmful. All of the big ones are (equal, sweet n’low, splenda) and I would say others are as well but you would have to look into each one if you take something that is a smaller brand. I highly recommend natural sweeteners such as pure honey or stevia!

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