Fake sugar has been accused of a lot of things. And now it might make us fat.
A recent study from the American Psychological Association shows that sugar substitutes make dieting harder, according to an article on CNN Health. Researchers say the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners make it more difficult to control our portions and body weight.
But sometimes, it's so hard to say no to sweetness-fake or real.
Experts point to the fact that sugar substitutes have been around for decades, and we still have an obesity problem in America. The advice is the usual: Use Nutra Sweet, Splenda and others in moderation and keep track of your total caloric intake.
You might even be better off eating a small bit of real chocolate because you'll feel more satisfied than eating one bigger, sugar-free treat.
For info on more natural sugar options, see my recent post, Are New Low-Calorie, Stevia Sweeteners Safe? Also check out neonds13's opinions on supposedly all-natural Agave nectar: It may not be so natural after all, according to her post in the private group, The Informed Parent. I'll do some research and post about agave soon in Healthy Living.
What do you think? Do you like artificial sweeteners?