Saturday, June 21, 2014

Why Splenda Makes You Fat

I'm hoping that title caught your attention! It's not as insanely drastic as "eating Splenda = getting fat." There's a little more to it!

Splenda, and all artificial non-nutritive sweeteners (0 calorie sweeteners not made from a natural source), are created to be more sweet than natural sugar. This is the precise reason why it makes you "fat." Consuming artificially created non-nutritive sweeteners increases your taste buds tolerance of sweetness. Essentially you get a really big rush of sweetness whenever you consume these products. Then, when you eat something that contains natural sugar you don't get that same rush. In turn you eat MORE because your taste buds are craving that fake-sugar high that it gets when you choose diet or sugar-free options. Repeated exposure to artificial sweeteners trains your flavor preference and encourages sugar cravings and dependence.

Luckily, sugar dependence is just like salt dependence...YOU have the power to kick the habit. It takes an average of 30 days to train your taste buds to enjoy different flavors. I always tell clients who have high blood pressure or heart disease that they can learn to unlike salt, and in the same way, you can learn to unlike artificial sweeteners. Make the effort by clearing out your cupboard of all the fake stuff and replacing it with natural alternatives. My favorite natural alternative is Stevia (Stevia in the Raw is my favorite brand). Although this is a non-nutritive sweetener (meaning no calories), it is made from a natural source. It doesn't "blow out" your taste buds like the artificial products do. And, if you're not afraid of the calories, replace your Splenda habit with a teaspoon of sugar. It will take a few days, and maybe even up to 30 for your taste buds to realize that the teaspoon of sugar is sweet...but it will be worth it!

Craving something SWEET tonight?  Try my super easy recipe for strawberry ice cream!


Ingredients:
3 cups Frozen Strawberries, Sliced
1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology (or Vanilla!)
 
Directions:
Blend all ingredients together in your blender. If the 1/2 cup Almond Milk isn't enough to get the strawberries blending, add more, just a little bit at a time. After you have blended the mixture, put in a container and freeze for at least 1 hour before scooping!
 

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