Want to Lose Weight? Give Up the Artificial Sweeteners!

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Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed a nice weekend.

Today I have an important video for anyone that uses artificial sweeteners in their diet.

Accidentally created during a scientific experiment intended to formulate a new food preservative, artificial sweeteners have dominated the diet culture landscape nearly from their inception. Promising weight loss while providing a “safe” substitute for sugar, artificial sweeteners have now become a massive industry. Not only can we buy them in easy-to-use packets, but also in diet soda’s candy, baked goods and more.

For years, they were the dieter’s go-to product when they craved sweetness while endeavoring to lose weight. Billions are spent on products that promise weight loss while satisfying cravings for sugar. Here’s the problem: they don’t work as advertised. Furthermore, they are bad for your health.

In today’s video I will share with you what happens in your body and to your metabolism when you consume artificial sweeteners. They not only prevent weight loss, they can also lead to a whole host of health issues in the body, from simple headaches to migraines, neurological disorders and cancer.

I have my own personal story about the effects of these products which I will share with you. It’s amazing how quickly I healed once I eliminated these toxins from my body.

Once you watch the video I want to hear from you!

Have you ever had a health issue that was healed after eliminating artificial sweeteners? Or, did your sugar cravings disappear after you got rid of these chemicals? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks again for watching everyone! I hope you have a great week!
xo
B

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13 comments on “Want to Lose Weight? Give Up the Artificial Sweeteners!

  1. Janik L.

    I disagree: not just artificial but ALL sugar or sweetners. I’m not saying never eat sugar again but cutting out 90% of it will (and has for me) worked wonders on things such as mental focus…

    The sugar intake of people these days is like giving too much gas to a car…

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  2. Norma Schrils

    Thanks for your daily monday advices! I was Dx with metabolic syndrome years ago and no every talk about artificial sweeteners. Is truvia considered artificial sweeter? I do struggle losing weight, I think I will use other forms of sweeteners in my coffee. I don’t drink soda and eat healthy, drink healthy greens proteins shakes etc. Wondering if truvia causing spike in Insulin?

    Thanks again for your time and advise!
    Norma

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Norma~ Great questions! Truvia contains both Stevia, which is a natural sweetener although it has no calories, and Erythritol, a sugar alcohol derived from corn husks or blueberry skins, or other plant based high fiber foods. They are natural, although they can still contribute to the skewed metabolic response you see with artificial sweeteners. The way in which they are slightly better is that they’ve not been linked to neurological disorders and other conditions. I will say though that Erythritol can be hard on digestion leading to gas, bloating and sometimes diarrhea.
      All that being said, if you have metabolic disorder you are best off using stevia but in ever decreasing quantities. Start reducing as you go along so that eventually you will need nothing to sweeten your coffee or tea. The goal is zero, and if you can get there now, then go for it. If you need to taper off, then do it that way. But any sweetener with calories, like sugar, will worsen your metabolic disorder and so will sweeteners without calories…. the goal is to enjoy food in it’s natural state. It might be a bit of a journey but you will feel so much better when you get there~
      Best to you!
      B

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  3. Jo Ellen

    I never could stand the taste of artificial sweeteners and have always avoided anything with them as an ingredient. I was always the one telling people that it is an appetite stimulant and makes you eat more. No one ever believed me because I was always thin. Lately science has come to prove that it is actually a toxin and is poisonous to your body. Maybe they’ll listen now…… In June of 2002, I became severely hypoglycemic and cut sugar from my diet. This was surprisingly easy for a “sugar junkie” such as myself. After, whenever I would have anything with a lot of sugar in it, like a donut or piece of cake or something, it would make me physically ill . Sadly, over the years I have gradually added sugar back into my diet (can’t resist that occasional soda ) & am finding myself with a renewed sugar addiction. I am working on it…..

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thanks for sharing this Jo Ellen! I find it interesting that you intuitively knew that artificial sweeteners were bad for you~

      Sorry to hear your having a tough time with sugar though… but if you stop, within 3 days the cravings should get better. Start with that goal.
      Good luck!
      B

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      It’s natural so it’s better but it will still trigger cravings for sugar and affect metabolism. One way to go about it is to reduce little by little until you don’t need it at all….your taste buds will adapt~
      Let me know how it goes~
      B

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  4. Gyeong-hoon Cho

    Appreciated your video so gladly. Big helpful advice.
    Because I have Diabetes, I use coconut sugar, cream, oil and licorice, Japanese apricot syrup, agave syrup, jujube (dates) and brown sugar as sweetener.
    How about them? Which do you recommend and not?
    I heard high level of fructose in agave syrup can lead to obesity.
    And how about the maple syrup and some kinds of fruit puree?

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      I believe the best one would be coconut sugar as it has the lowest glycemic response… Agave is too high in fructose, you are correct, so avoid that. Stick with small amounts of coconut sugar and see where you can reduce little by little until you need none at all~
      I hope this helps!

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  5. Ellie

    This was a great video— thanks. I’ve never been much of a diet soda drinker by some miracle, but was using lots of artificial sweeteners in my tea. I cut them out a few weeks ago, and now you won’t believe what I taste— tea! All the layers of delicious, high-quality spiced chai. Yum. And yes, you are right, I do feel those sugar cravings quieting down. So: We know about the pink, the yellow and the blue— but what about the white-and-green, the refined stevia products? (Straight stevia has quite a bitter aftertaste.) Should stevia products be kicked to the curb?

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thanks Ellie~

      Stevia can do similar things to your cravings and metabolism so reduce where you can until you don’t need it at all~ I hope that helps!
      I’m glad you’re enjoying your chai without the extra sweetness! 🙂
      xo

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  6. Lori russell

    So glad to watch this video. I had the yellow packet in my tea years ago. I ended up with problems when I was driving. My eyes were gittering back and forth. When I stopped taking it, it gradually went away. I had a hard time getting my boys off diet pop. But now they do not drink it and water is their preference. We were addicted to the word diet. I always make a big deal out of them buying anything that says diet. Also never mind the diet sugar, what is in the brown syrup in pop is totally chemical. I use cane sugar for baking. I now use raw honey for tea. Refined sugar is not even in my house U have to start somewhere. This has totally worked for me!!

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thanks for your comment Lori! It’s great to hear that you were able to eliminate all that stuff from your diet ~ And to be able to get your boys off of the junk is wonderful! Amazing how the artificial sweeteners can affect your brain and hence eyes… So glad you are following healthy practices now across the board… nice work!

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