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Which is better?

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Sugar, artificial sweeteners, or  natural sweeteners?


In an effort to lose weight, it seems to make good sense to switch from sugar to other types of sweeteners.  

Artificial sweeteners:

Artificial sweeteners are manufactured sugar substitutes.  They may also be derived from naturally occurring substances such as herbs or sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners are considered to be intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.  

Artificial sweeteners have gained a poor reputation.  Sacharrin and aspartame have been linked to cancer and later cleared as safe by the FDA.  
(People with phenylketonuria, a rare genetic disorder, need to limit their consumption of aspartame, since phenylalanine is one of its components.

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Sugar alcohol sweeteners:  


Some of the sugar alcohol sweeteners, such as sorbitol or mannitol, can produce a laxative effect or cause bloating when eaten in large amounts by some people.

In normal use by most people, though, all of the approved artificial sweeteners are considered safe by the FDA.

Sugar:  (added sugar not naturally occurring sugars)

Added sugar is a real problem!
Studies show that added sugars is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.  Every can of sugar sweetened soda that is consumed per day relates to a 1.1 percent increase in prevalence of type 2 diabetes,  Your risk of death increases by 400% if more than 1/3 of your diet is added sugars.


Of course, our intake of added sugars is associated with body weight. Controlled trials have found that sugar intake increases both fat and weight. Studies have also found that sugar-sweetened beverages alone can cause body weight to go up in adults. On the other hand, controlled trials have shown that artificial or low-calorie sweeteners led to lower body weight and less overall fat.

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A few facts to consider:

Saccharin induces bladder cancer in rats, when fed in high doses.   This link has never been confirmed in humans. 
Heavy artificial sweetener use (over 1680 mg per day) leads to an increased relative risk of 1.3 for bladder cancer in humans.

There is no evidence that aspartame causes a carcinogenic risk.  New sweeteners such as acesulfame-k, alitame, neotame, and sucralose are too recent for any evidence of carcinogenic risk.  

Conclusion:  

Artificial sweeteners seem to have a significant edge.  On the other hand, artificial sweeteners are man made, so be careful and use in moderation.

FYI:  If you are going to use an artificial sweetener, Stevia and Splenda are the most popular.

Thanks for reading, my friend, much success on your weight loss journey.

Kindest Regards,
George Pierce
Win At Losing Weight

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