The “Skinny” on Artificial Sweeteners & Your Alternatives

Joycelyn-253webArtificial sweeteners are used in abundance in almost every “diet” drink, “lite” yogurts, puddings, and ice creams, most “low-carb” products, and almost all “reduced-sugar” products.

Yes, artificial sweeteners save you calories, but there’s growing evidence that they can increase your appetite for sweets and other carbohydrates causing you to eat more later.  Therefore, you don’t really save any calories at all.

Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners on the market today:

 

Splenda (sucralose)- Yellow

Aspartame-Blue

Saccharine- Pink

Also, studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate high insulin levels in your body too, which again can promote fat storage.

So yes, these artificial sweeteners can make you FAT!!!!

Some natural sweetener options are  honey, organic maple syrup & organic agave, but still these options are high in calories, carbohydrates and sugars.

Your alternative?  STEVIA

I’ve yet to see any negative reports or health concerns regarding STEVIA and only positive potential health benefits.

The herb Stevia Rebauadiana, has been used for centuries by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay nutritionally and medicinally.

STEVIA acts as general tonic which increases energy levels & mental acuity

STEVIA is

•both carb-& calorie-free

•helps with digestion, reduces gas & stomach acidity

•used topically as an ointment in the treatment of eczema & acne

•an ideal sweetener for people w high blood pressure, it helps lower hypertension

•helps to reduce cravings for sweets & fatty foods and serves as an exceptional aid in weight loss & management.

 Rule of thumb: 1 tbsp is roughly equivalent to one cup of sugar in sweetness. It’s 30x sweeter than sugar.

My personal favorite based on taste is NuStevia™

“Health is Wealth”

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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DISUSE & ABUSE…save yourself from yourself

Joycelyn-253webAging is inevitable! BUT…

What we do today affects how we feel tomorrow.  Premature aging is as much the result of disuse and abuse of the body as it is the passage of time.

Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of muscle mass related to aging.

The average decline in muscle mass between age 30-70 has been measured with women & men at 22% & 23%.

Some additional facts:

•Men & Women generally achieve maximum strength between the ages of 20-30.

• A 20% decline in muscle strength that usually occurs between ages 40-65 is attributed to age and disuse.

• Muscle mass has been found to decrease from 35%- 46% after age 60

•Men & Women CAN improve strength with age

• As Muscle Mass decreases with age Body Fat increases.

Strength training can prevent loss of muscle and help to regain that much needed lean mass.

Your Solution: HIT the WEIGHTS!

or more simply put…

USE iT or LOSE iT!

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer