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Updated: What You NEED to Know About Artificial Sweeteners

What You Need to Know About Sweeteners

Zero calorie sweeteners are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding all the sugar and calories. You can find sweeteners in just about everything, from ice cream and cakes to soda and kettle corn. Plus, you can add them to your coffee and tea, and there are even some that you can bake with.

With so many of these sugar alternatives in our food and on the market it’s tough to know which ones are good and which ones to avoid. There are such things as good sweeteners and bad sweeteners. We make sure to use the best sweeteners for our products!

In this post we’re taking the mystery out of artificial sweeteners. You might be surprised to see which everyday foods contain these super sweet substitutes.

Trust me, we have your health and safety in mind when we choose ingredients for our products. Our passion is to transform and improve lives by helping you reach the healthy ideal shape that YOU love! In order to do that, we spend countless hours researching and testing our products, so that you get the BEST product to help you on your weight loss journey.

But we understand that you still might have questions. So let’s take a look at three artificial sweeteners that have a bad rep (one for a good reason).

Sucralose

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You might know sucralose better by the brand name, Splenda®. Sucralose is approximately 600 times as sweet as sugar, twice as sweet as Saccharin, and 3.3 times as sweet as Aspartame. Which means it’s used in much smaller doses than the other artificial sweeteners.

Sucralose is calorie free and does not affect blood sugar levels or cause tooth decay like sugar does. Products that contain sucralose include:

  • IdealShake and IdealBoost
  • Quest® Bars and Shakes
  • PowerBar®
  • SlimFast®
  • Coke Zero®
  • Diet MTN Dew®
  • Diet Pepsi®
  • Breyers® CarbSmartTM Ice Cream
  • Propel® water
  • Diet V8 Splash®
  • No Sugar Added Klondike® Bars
  • Smuckers® Sugar Free Preserves
  • Jell-O® Reduced Calorie Pudding

Stevia

The all-natural 0-calorie sweetener: the name comes from the fact that Stevia is the name of a genus of about 240 plant species. It is a very popular sweetener because it comes from a plant and is natural. You might know it better as Truvia or PureVia.

Stevia is approved as a food additive. Even though we do not use stevia in any of our products, we stand by its safety; Trainer Lindsey recommends it as a sweetener in certain recipes. Products that contain Stevia include:

  • Quest® Bars and Shakes
  • BioTrust Low Carb™ protein
  • 310 Shake®
  • Coca-Cola Life
  • SoBe Lifewater
  • Crystal light (Pure)
  • Orgain Organic Protein
  • SweetLeafs water drops
  • NOW Foods whey protein

Aspartame

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Aspartame has been the subject of many research studies that have vaguely linked it to cancer. Some health organizations recommend avoiding aspartame because they feel there are enough studies to show that there might be a conclusive link between the two.

You should use aspartame in moderation because of the potential risks involved. Some common brand names for aspartame include Nutrisweet, Equal, and Canderel.

Many products that used to contain aspartame have switched to using sucralose within the last few years. Sucralose is a safer option as it is stable at high temperatures, unlike aspartame which is known to break down at relatively low temperatures and inside your body.

There are still products that contain aspartame like:

  • Diet Coke®
  • Eclipse® Gum
  • Advil Junior Strength chewables
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Crystal Light
  • 5 gum
  • Orbit Gum
  • Spearmint gum

The Sweet Truth

Artificial sweeteners can be a great way to enjoy delicious sweet foods while still cutting back on calories, but not all sweeteners are created equal. Some, like aspartame, present clear risks to your health and should be avoided.

That’s why we only use sucralose. It’s has more than 110 studies to back up it’s safety and is stable at high heat, making it suitable for baking.

You’ll find a wide variety of sweeteners in a wide variety of foods.

Just make sure you’re not giving yourself a free pass to go crazy just because it doesn’t contain sugar. Just because there’s no sugar doesn’t mean there’s no calories.

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Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten Jackson

Writer and expert


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