Saturday, August 15, 2009

Don't Use Artificial Sweeteners When Natural Sweeteners Are So Much Better

By Jamis Hartley

Hundreds of people are seeking out healthy alternatives to sugar. Some are looking to lose weight or just trying to keep their bodies running smooth. Others, unfortunately, are suffering from health conditions like diabetes and must find a different way to manage their diet. The good news is it can be done. The bad news is there are a lot of tricky products out there to watch out for.

There are a few options that very smart people have invented for sugar substitutes like saccharin and aspartame. Unfortunately, the way these products are processed and produced is turning out to be not such a healthy option. Fortunately, there are some all natural options too, like Erythritol and Xylitol. In general I like to go with the mother nature option over the well intentioned man.

Natural sweeteners like Erythritol, Stevia, Mannitol and Xylitol are a much better choice than that of the man made sort. The natural sweeteners are derived from fruits and vegetables and formulated into a sugar like granule. Some will effect your digestive system differently than others depending on intake levels. Erythritol has proven so far to be the best of all the choices.

Calorie free and 100% natural, Erythritol sweeteners are likely to be your safest bet. Other natural sweeteners have been known to cause gas and other stomach and intestinal discomfort. Because of the way your body digests Erythritol you are not going to have any side effects and Erythritol doesn't cause tooth decay. It's as safe as eating pears, grapes, melons, mushrooms and many other fruits and vegetables because that's where it comes from.

Natural sweeteners like Erythritol are great for diabetics and those with other medical conditions. Erythritol will not effect you blood sugar levels, does not hurt your teeth and has practically zero calories. It scores zero on the glycemic index, has no carbohydrates and has .2 calories per gram. Even better, you can cook with Erythritol where you can't with many other sugar substitutes. Erythritol is my preferred natural sweetener. Before you make it yours make sure you read around and try it for yourself.

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