The Dark Side Of “Sugar-Free Foods”


The Dark Side Of “Sugar-Free Foods"

Sugar-free foods are not always healthy. There is no such diet called sugar free diet. Mostly all sugar-free foods contain carbohydrates, which means the food has some form of sugar as well. There are four types of sugars fructose, lactose, maltose, and sucrose. Even if we are not eating extra added sugar in the food. We are still consuming sugar present in the diet in some way or the other.

The Dark Side Of “Sugar-Free Foods"
The Dark Side Of “Sugar-Free Foods”

Sugar-Free Foods Effect On Appetite And Weight

  • Effects On Appetite-Some studies prove that after consuming artificial sugar, the hunger craving reduces. All those who have a sweet tooth feel happy and full after consuming artificial sweeteners.  The calorie intake is also less.
  • Effects On Weight-Consuming artificial sugar results in a controlled weight. It also balances the fat intake in the body. Consuming artificial sugar helps to control diabetes to some extent.

Side Effects Of Sugar-Free Foods

1. Diet colas– Aspartame found in colas is much sweeter than real sugar. Consuming sugar-free colas causes diabetes, obesity, and other health problems. A tin of cola contains about 8teaspoons of sugar. These are chemically made which is not at all suitable for health.

2. Bakery products– Sucralose is found in bakery products. In the long run, artificial sweeteners will cause health problems. It can cause liver enlargement. If sucralose is taken in excess can also cause diarrhea.

3. Dessert mixes– acesulfame is found in dessert mixes, which is 200 times more sugary than real sugar. It has cancer-causing risks. It also causes a rise in insulin levels.

Artificial Sugar V/S Natural Sugar

The Dark Side Of “Sugar-Free Foods"
The Dark Side Of “Sugar-Free Foods”
  • When we stop consuming natural sugar, we start having artificial sugar or sweeteners. Artificial sugars are made chemically in the lab. Looking at it from the health point of view, one would be happy consuming sugar in the natural form and not chemically made or refined artificial sweeteners.
  • Artificial sugar consumption results in weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Artificial sugar like sucralose, acesulfame, saccharin can have adverse effects on the body.
  • Natural sweeteners like stevia, honey coconut nectar have no adverse effects on the body. That’s the reason they are costly than artificial sweeteners.

“Sugar Substitutes” Good Or Bad

It is an intensely debated topic to talk about sugar being good or bad. Natural sugar is said to be right in any form. But artificial sugar is considered as both good as well as bad.

  • Good- according to health authorities and other health-related organizations consider artificial sugar safe as it has less sugar and is helpful in weight loss.
  • Bad – the risk of cancer and also an adverse effect on blood sugar.

Conclusion

It is said that the term sugar-free is just a marketing gimmick. Sugar-free means white sugar is replaced with other substitutes like honey, maple syrup, stevia, and artificial sweeteners. Which need not say it is healthy. Always keep this in mind when you are consuming something sugar-free it means you have saturated fats. Extra consumption of fats is not at all good for the body. It will cause weight gain, obesity, and other health problems. So it can be said that sugar-free need not be healthy always.

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