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This week on the blog, we’re continuing our discussion on the sweet stuff. But, instead of artificial sweeteners, we’re looking into natural sweeteners. Let’s dive in.
These days many of us are looking for ways to keep the sweet while cutting the calories in our diet, whether we’re trying to lose a few pounds or manage a health condition such as diabetes. Artificial sweeteners – think aspartame or the sucralose in Splenda® – are one way to do this. However, there’s a lot of suspicion and fear when it comes to these sweet substances. A lot of research has been, and is being, done on artificial sweeteners. I’ve sifted through the research (so you don’t have to!) and have come to some conclusions on what artificial sweeteners won’t do, what they might do and what you should do when it comes to your health.
The other day, my nine-year-old asked me why we couldn't have spaghetti (his favourite) every day for dinner. I told him we would get bored with having only spaghetti, and that we need many different foods to keep us healthy. It made me think. “Choose a variety of healthy foods” is something that I, like many dietitians, stress. But is that advice too vague? Here is my take on why it is important and how to translate it into everyday life.
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