Ways to Include Artificial Sweeteners in a Healthy Diet

Ways to Include Artificial Sweeteners in a Healthy Diet

Yes, you CAN include Artificial Sweeteners in a healthy diet.  Artificial Sweeteners or non-nutritive sweeteners, are low-calorie or non-caloric sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), sucralose (Splenda) and saccharin (Sweet’N Low). Here, what to know about artificial sweeteners and how to include them in a healthy diet.

Ways to Include Artificial Sweeteners in a Healthy Diet

  1. Limit Sugar in Your Diet.
    If you are trying to eat healthier, you might be trying to limit added sugars in your diet. These are not the naturally occurring sugars in fruit, which is also high in fiber and contains many beneficial nutrients and vitamins. Instead, the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars, such as those found in candy, soda and other highly processed foods. Too much added sugar can lead to weight gain, which can lead to other health problems.
  2. Artificial Sugars as a Replacement.
    The American Heart Association refers to artificial sugars such as aspartame as non-nutritive sugars, since they offer NO nutritional benefits. They may be low in calories or have no calories, depending on the brand. Replacing sugary foods and drinks, such as soda, with foods containing artificial sugars, such as diet soda, is one way to limit calories and sugar. Replacing sugars with non-nutritive sugars is also one way to help people with diabetes manage blood glucose levels.
  3. Finding A Healthy Balance.
    Replacing sugary foods with artificial sugars can lower calories in your diet and help you maintain a healthy weight. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because a food is sugar free, it does not mean it is healthy. Choose foods and beverages that are rich in nutrients, such as produce. Focus more on nutrient dense foods that are low in saturated fat and added sugars and use foods with artificial sugars as a treat in an otherwise healthy diet.

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Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health