It has been demonstrated that artificial sweeteners do not provide the promise of weight loss. Sure, artificial sweeteners are less caloric dense than sugar, so in theory, drinking a diet soda or eating foods with artificial sweeteners would save your calories and would prevent your blood glucose and insulin from spiking. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, artificial sweeteners have shown to increase hunger and insulin and with that your waistline.
Can you believe that our body consists of 10 times more microorganisms than cells and that these tiny bacteria, yeasts, and funguses can be our friend or foe? There are more than 1,000 different species of bacteria in our gut. In your daily poop, it is possible that there are over 100,000,000,000,000 bacteria. Wow!
There seems to be some confusion on what is meant by ‘sugar’, especially as it relates to a low-sugar diets. So to clear the air, let’s define the two main types of sugars, refined sugar and what I call natural sugar. Refined sugar refers to sugar that is processed from sugar cane or sugar beets. Natural sugar from mother nature comes from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and dairy.
Most of us shy away from eating nuts and seeds due to their high calorie content . However, nuts are nutritional powerhouses offering an abundance of health benefits. Nuts and seeds are high in protein, contain “good’ fats and are loaded with essential minerals and nutrients.
Over the last 25 years, Americans have doubled their intake of sugar. The average adult exceeds the recommended sugar intake by 19 teaspoons a day. That equates to approximately thirteen 5-lb bags of excess sugar a year. Overweight individuals are not the only ones at risk of developing ongoing health issues. According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), healthy eaters are also consuming an overload of sugar and are at risk of developing health issues.
One of the most common questions I receive, is ‘Why do I need supplements if I eat a full-balanced nutritional diet?’. Years ago it would have been true that your diet could supply all the required vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and prevent illnesses. Unfortunately, this is not true according to today’s standards. Farming practices, the environment, stress, overabundance of processed foods and antibiotics (topical and ingested) minimizes the nutrients in our soil & food and the bioavailability of nutrients in our bodies.