Sunday, July 17, 2011

Non-nutritive Sweeteners

Non-nutritive sweeteners are artificial sweeteners which are usually sweeter than table sugar but have no calorie value.  Products that contain artificial sweeteners are diet soft drinks like Diet Coke, Equal, NutraSweet, Sweet’ N Low, and Splenda.  These artificial sweeteners have no proven negative effect on your body but can result in a decrease in calorie intake.  This can be good or bad depending on your physical goals.  Non-nutritive Sweeteners can be up to 600 times as sweet as normal table sugar, which can lead to increased tolerance for sweets in our diet.  For people with diabetes or high blood sugar levels, non-nutritive sweeteners are a healthy alternative.  It is always recommended that you avoid any processed or artificial products when formulating your nutritional plan.  Non-nutritive sweeteners are all artificial and are continued to be studied for adverse effects.

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