FINALLY! It’s above 30 degrees Fahrenheit on Long Island, and the temperature allegedly crept up above freezing a little earlier today (above freezing is 33 and higher for you Celsius folk). It has been bitterly cold here since Christmas, but thankfully the weather looks to be warming up around these parts over the course of this coming week 🙂
Now then, today I want to talk about a viable sweetener alternative. Typically, whether you’re baking or whether you’re getting/making your coffee in the morning, you’ll sprinkle (or, let’s be real: pour) sugar or artificial sweeteners like Splenda into your food or drink. While that may help elicit quite the dopamine response (particularly if it’s of the sugar variety), you’re really not doing your body any good when either one of these is your go-to sweetening method…
Sugar stimulates a process called the Insulin Resistance Cycle. We went over this a bit a week or two ago, but to review, here’s a visual to depict what that is:
Obviously, this cycle has to be repeated tens of thousands of times over the course of many years to make you overweight, Pre-Diabetic, or Type-2 Diabetic, but nonetheless, this obviously isn’t a preferred foodstuff to be ingesting. As we’ve discussed ad-nauseam, we want the bulk of our daily food intake to come from both fats and proteins, as evidenced by this graph below depicting how our blood sugar responds to ingesting any of the three macronutrients:
So, by putting two-and-two together, Non-Fibrous, Refined Sugar = Very Bad! But what about artificial sweeteners, like Splenda? They’re not caloric and don’t effect our blood sugar levels, so how do they prevent us from getting healthy and losing weight?
Simply put, artificial sweeteners attack your gut microbiome. As we’ve learned in recent years, our gut health is EVERYTHING! If things aren’t right in there, then you’re very prone to acquiring a chronic condition, which can severely impact your day-to-day functionality, let alone your health!!
According to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, “In the cohort (of 30) studies, consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners was associated with increases in weight and waist circumference, and higher incidence of obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular events.”
Enter Stevia: A NATURAL sweetener derived from the stevia plant found in both Asia and South America. Stevia has NO effect on blood sugar and insulin levels, making it safe for Diabetics and non-Diabetics alike. There have been many links to improved oral and skin health, as well as regenerative properties, but those studies aren’t conclusive to this point.
That being said, stevia is THE sweetener I recommend to both my group members and to my private clients, and they’ve seen fabulous results making the switch! Stevia is also 300 times SWEETER than sugar, so if you have a sweet tooth like me, then it really comes in handy 😉
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Head to the grocery store later today, and pick up some stevia for your home (in case you don’t already have some). You’ll be glad you did!
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