So you have listened to all the latest news and researched all the latest ‘fad’ diets and your conclusion is that a ‘reduced sugar’ diet plan is the way to tone up, lose weight and create your perfect body.
Well, sadly, you are mistaken. Have you ever thought how they have managed to make a diet, low-sugar product still taste so good when ultimately all the goodness has been removed? Well I shall introduce you to the devil! Aspartame!
Aspartame is made up of methanol, phenylalanine and aspartic acid creating a non-calorie sweetener used to artificially sweeten your foods. Aspartame is used in a variety of products you will find in your kitchen, from fizzy drinks, squash, yogurt, crisps and cooking sauces, all the way to chewing gum.
Since aspartame was first produced in the 1980’s it has become one of the most discussed and debated issues related to health and food. But the vital information the food manufacturers forget to tell us is that aspartame has been linked to diabetes, fibromyalgia and certain forms of cancer.
So how does this all link to hindering your weight loss?
It has been suggested that aspartame increases your hunger, consequently impeding on your weight loss goals. This is due to the phenylalanine and aspartic acid creating an insulin spike raising your insulin levels and forcing your body to store the glucose in your blood stream as fat. Aspartame also hinders the production of serotonin which in turn leads to the brain not signalling to your stomach that you are full, thus increasing your consumption of food. The increased levels of serotonin and spikes of insulin can lead to increased food cravings, therefore making it difficult to lose that stubborn fat you are battling with.
With the amount of artificial sweeteners and added hidden ingredients being added to our foods nowadays the best advice I can give is to stay away from processed foods as much as possible and stick to the raw, most natural versions. Have a think back to our Palaeolithic days when all they ate was the food they could catch and grown. How lean were our ancestors? VERY! does this not start light bulbs in your head turning on thinking how have we become overweight societies? Well if it hasn’t take a few minutes to have a think now, and when your next buying your favourite treat in the shops take a minute to look and see if any of the following ingredients listed below have made it into their ingredients list.
Barley Malt Syrup
Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
High-fructose corn syrup
Honey Invert sugar
Sorghum or sorghum syrup
If they are, maybe think twice about if you really want to burn that fat or eat the treat. The decision is yours and how badly you really want to burn that fat.