Refined Sugar vs. Sugar Substitutes

Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero

Today artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet,” including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, and ice cream and yogurt.  The truth is that as stated before, sugar is sugar.  Your body does not know the difference between refined “real sugar” and artificial sugars.

The body processes it all the same causing the pancreas to produce insulin in order to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.  The problem many people when substituting white refined sugar aka “table sugar” they tend to over consume products with the sugar substitute in it.  Which explains why a lot of people that eat or drink “sugar free” foods because they are dieting tend to not lose any weight and in fact my actually gain more weight, especially around the waist. So do yourself a favor, skip all sugars real or otherwise and enjoy water with a fresh splash of fruit.


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4 responses to “Refined Sugar vs. Sugar Substitutes

  1. So true, India. I try not to consume a lot sugar, but it’s in everything so I started making foods from scratch–but that’s not always convenient. White sugar, several studies have suggested, provides an environment for diseases to thrive. We could all use a reminder of how dangerous and addicting this product can be. Thanks for the article!


  2. I sometimes wonder if artificial sugars are any better than white sugar. It seems that every brand now touts a “sugar free” sugar that supposed to be better for you than the white refined stuff.


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