Artificial sweeteners can do a pretty good job of keeping your weight down. They have the sweetness without all of the sugar that contributes to weight gain. They are also better for oral health, sugar eventually turns to acid that can actually harm your teeth. There is one thing that artificial sweeteners don’t help with and that is overall gut health. The artificial sweeteners have a way of disrupting gut health, which can lead to other health problems.
- Sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol and xylitol, occur naturally in plants, but also can be man-made.
- Non-nutritive sweeteners are lower calorie, safe for diabetics, and better for dental health than sugar.
- Sugar alternatives can be bad for gut health and have been linked to long-term weight gain.
“These sweeteners can be 200 to 700 times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose) and they have zero calories”