Facts you should know about artificial sweeteners. Are they good or bad? Needed little of them to sweeten means consuming less calories but at what cost? Are the benefits really worth the risk? What is fact and what is myth? Dr Alina Petre ,MS, RD gives us some insight in to the world of artificial sweeteners.
- Artificial sweeteners, or sugar substitutes, are chemicals added to some foods and beverages to make them taste sweet.
- The molecules of artificial sweeteners are similar enough to sugar molecules that they fit on the sweetness receptor.
- Diabetics may benefit from choosing artificial sweeteners, which offer the pleasure of sweet taste without the accompanying rise in blood sugar levels
“Recent studies find that replacing sugary foods or drinks with artificially sweetened ones may reduce hunger and calorie intake.”