Reasons to avoid sugar
Are you a sweet tooth? Does the thought of sugar make you want to jump out of bed in the morning? If you answered yes, then it’s time to re-evaluate your diet. Sugar can be very bad for your health and there are plenty of reasons to avoid it. Here are some of the reasons to cut back on sugar:
• Tooth Decay - Sugar is one of the most damaging things to your teeth
• Weight Gain and Obesity
• Raises your blood sugar level
• Can lead to osteoporosis
• Contributes to Heart Disease
• Can cause Gallstones
• Weakens eyesight
• Can cause arthritis
• Sugar is addictive
And this is just the tip of the iceberg! But instead of focusing on the negative effects of sugar, let’s look at some of the best sugar-free alternatives in the market today.
Great tasting sugar-free alternatives
1. Zevia Soda
Zevia is a zero-calorie, all-natural soda. Its main ingredient is a herb called Stevia which is a small green plant from the Sunflower family that originated from South America. The Stevia leaf can be 300 times sweeter than sugar, but it has no caloric value or effect on blood sugar levels. It also uses another natural sweetener called Erythritol, a “sugar alcohol” which is a component of fruits and vegetables.
FYI, a can of Coke for example has 155-200 calories and 42 grams of sugar. As for Zevia, each serving adds ZERO sugar and only 13 grams of carbs.
Another good thing about Zevia is that it doesn’t have Aspartame (usually found in diet soda) which is known to have numerous negative effects on the body (brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders, epilispsy, and carcinogenic effects).
The best thing about Zevia? It tastes great! You’d never think that it was so healthy.
2. Xylitol Sweetener
Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute. This sugar-free sweetener can be used for your morning coffee, cereal or juices, or any of your foods and drinks. It’s a naturally occurring carbohydrate that is found in fibrous fruits and vegetables. In its pure form, Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and taste like sugar.
Another great thing about Xylitol is that it’s known to prevent cavities in your teeth. It helps reduce the development of dental caries, reduces plaque formation, and aids in the repair of damaged tooth enamel.
There are a variety of products that use Xylitol, from toothpastes to chewing gums, mints and nasal sprays.
3. Spry Chewing Gum
Spry is a refreshing, sugar-free chewing gum that is sweetened 100% with Xylitol. This great-tasting gum is great for a fresher breath and healthier teeth. Studies have shown that regular use of Xylitol chewing gums like Spry can actually reduce the risk of dental caries. Another great thing about Spry is that it doesn’t have Aspartame or any other dangerous artificial sweeteners.
So there you have it, three of the best sugar-free substitutes that you can add to your grocery shopping list. They can be found in most vitamin shops and health food stores, as well as online.
With these alternatives, you can take care of your teeth and maintain your weight, without sacrificing taste and quality!
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Posted on: December 7th, 2011