Why I avoid artificial sweeteners…
Definition of Artificial:
- Made by human skill; produced by humans (opposed to natural).
- Imitation; simulated; sham.
- Made without regard to the particular needs of a situation, person, etc.; imposed arbitrarily; unnatural.
So what makes an artificial sweetener bad? Well, first off, it’s artificial (see definitions above).
When I’m thirsty or hungry, I don’t want anything that is characterized by any of the above definitions to be on my plate or in my glass. But so many people are ingesting artificial sweeteners every day and not thinking twice about it.
A natural sweetener will naturally be found in a whole food like dates, coconut, whole fruit, sweet potato, and summer squash. Honey, maple syrup, molasses, cinnamon, and dried Stevia leaves are also a natural sweetener (this will look green and not white).
Artificial sweeteners do nothing for my body. They definitely don’t assist in weight loss. All they do is trick my brain into thinking it had something sweet, so then I end up craving more sweet, an even sweeter sweet. And the cycle goes on and on.
If we would eat what is good for us we would be satisfied and not crave more of what is bad. A healthy balance is needed in all we do. Our bodies know what they need to be healthy and if we listen we will begin to hear what it craves most. Feed the sweet tooth with natural sweets and you will begin to notice a lessening of the need to feed on the “imitation, simulation, sham” that is an artificial sweetener.
“…eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.” Proverbs 24:13 NLT
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