Sugar substitutes- the good, the bad and the ugly!

Just as controversial as sugar, artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes are the subject of this episode. We cover the types of sugar substitutes, where they are found and their background, plus studies behind the controversies. Love them or hate them, artificial sweeteners are likely finding their way into your diet!

We are excited to give major bragging rights to Lindsey McReynolds for being the first person to guess the #CSS from episode 22! She guessed Nutella (as did many of you smarties!) and was so excited she shouted it out loud while getting in a cardio session on the treadmill. Thank you for the enthusiasm, Lindsey!

All sugar substitutes have had some controversy. Do they make us more hungry? Do they make us crave sweets? Do they cause diabetes? Do they lead to obesity? The questions continue to pile up. Studies are inconclusive at this point. Recent studies show evidence in mice that regular intake of artificial sweeteners change the gut bacteria of some mice, which may also lead to abnormally high blood sugar. However, animal studies do not always translate to what actually occurs in humans.

Our take is when it comes to using any type of sugar substitute, like sugar, less is more. Sugar and sugar substitutes are likely okay to use in moderation, but of course we could live without them. They are not essential to our diet. (except donuts with sugary glaze- those are essential to Mindy's diet!)

Most likely, it is a combination of choices, genetics and environment that leads to diabetes, obesity and sugar cravings. These problems are not artificial sweetener's or sugar's fault alone. Therefore, if the majority of your lifestyle is healthy, a little sucralose here, or a little sucrose there, will not undo your healthy lifestyle.