We are now eating more sugar than ever.
Not only is sugar present in our favorite sweets like cookies, cakes and ice cream, it’s hidden in common food favorites like ketchup, barbecue sauce, canned or packaged fruit, cereal bars and yogurt.
Consider this statistic: Americans consume more than 140 pounds of sugar a year, reports the United States Department of Agriculture – which is a 20 percent increase in sugar consumption since 1970.
These snow-white sugar granules are anything but pure as they contain empty calories, contribute to obesity, disrupt your insulin metabolism and make your body better at storing fat.
Health- conscious consumers typically use natural and artificial sugar substitutes to sweeten their drinks and to help win the war against the negative effectives of sugar.
Although these artificial additives have been approved and declared safe for human consumption, there are benefits and potential health risks associated with these sweeteners.
While natural sugars such as fructose, maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup and agave have their pros and cons, not all artificial or sugar-free sweeteners like stevia and aspartame are created equal.
Here are a few stevia and aspartame facts:
- Stevia is an herb made from the leaves of a bush found in Paraguay that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia consumption decreases the urge for sweets and is the second most popular sweetener in the United States behind sucralose.
- Aspartame, also known as NutraSweet or Equal, is composed of aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methyl ester. The methyl ester or methanol in aspartame breaks down to create formaldehyde in the human body.
Because a high rate of sugar consumption is linked to conditions such as fatty liver disease, Crohn’s disease and a decline in your long-term health, you should consider the follow sugar substitutes that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your weight and well-being in check. Read on and decide for yourself who wins the stevia vs aspartame debate.