The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

November 15, 2017

My friend Sue just finished her second diet ice tea and it’s 10am. Because of work demands, she also consumes about three cups of coffee per day. But nothing to worry, she told me the other day, “everything I consume is sugar free”. Sue is a diet-conscious career woman and even though her waistline continues to widen and her energy is lower than ever she relies on diet drinks, artificial sugar sweeteners, caffeine alongside diet crackers and gums to get her through the day. Sue knows the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in regular soda, most juices, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few. She also knows that added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store hence why she resorts to “sugar free” everything. It’s true, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues (weight gain being the least damaging). The food industry has been adjusting to the growing awareness on this fact and its response to the demand for lower-sugar foods that still taste great, has been artificial sweeteners. The idea behind artificial sweeteners is that you can still get the sweetness, without the calories; like when you have a diet soda versus a regular one. Theoretically, this was going to help people maintain a healthy bod

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October 22, 2014

My grandmother’s quick pick me up! Traditional Spanish Garlic Soup (dairy free, gluten free, soy free, combines as a protein) 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 5 cloves of garlic chopped (it’s garlic soup after all!) 2 ½ cups of chicken broth or stock 1 egg 1 teaspoon of paprika (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in low heat and add chopped garlic and paprika. Keep the heat low and sauté for 4 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 more minutes, add egg and stir immediately. Egg will cook on contact. Turn heat off add a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  

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