The Truth About Sugar Substitutes
With obesity rates skyrocketing and excess sugar in diets blamed as a major culprit, many people have turned to artificial sweeteners to satisfy their sweet tooth instead. Remember, just because a product contains a sugar substitute does not necessarily mean it is calorie-free or even healthy.
A sugar substitute is a low-calorie sweetener or artificial sweetener. Sugar substitutes provide a sweet taste without the calories or carbohydrates that accompany sugar and other sweeteners. They are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, so it takes much less of them to create the same sweetness. Therefore, the resulting calorie count is insignificant. This is why many dieters choose artificial sweeteners over sugar.
There has been much controversy surrounding the safety of sugar substitutes. Some contend that sugar substitutes may cause cancer or brain tumors. However, the FDA dismisses these claims, insisting that there have been extensive studies done to alleviate any concern. There are even some organizations endorsing sugar substitutes, such as the American Diabetes Association, which refers to foods with artificial sweeteners as “free foods” because they make foods taste sweet, yet have essentially no calories and do not raise blood sugar levels.
Whether you’re in full-out hibernation mode or stressed-out and busy from the holidays, your exercise routine might be one of the first casualties of the season. Whatever your reason, use some of the following tips to get moving this winter.
The holidays are busy, and winter brings fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures. Try mixing up your routine by doing new workouts, experimenting with winter sports, or working out with a friend or family member.
If you’re busy with holiday preparation and parties, sometimes you need a quick, unscheduled workout idea. Jumping rope for a few minutes, or even incorporating bodyweight exercises like walking lunges or squats into your daily routine can help you stay on track.
Cold weather and busy holidays don’t have to be an insurmountable obstacle for fitting in a workout. If you keep exercising during the holiday season, you’ll feel better, stay healthier and be able to justify that extra dessert.
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