Dr. Geri Williams discusses whether or not sugar-free foods are good for you in this health tips video from Ideal You Weight Loss.
The term sugar-free is often used to make us think that a product is healthy. Or, because it has lower calories from other products, it’ll help us to lose weight. The truth is that items labeled sugar-free often use artificial sweeteners instead which are just as bad for you or worse.
Stay away from foods that contain saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose. Artificial sweeteners don’t help you lose weight. Actually, the opposite is often true. Artificial sweeteners can interfere with your body’s ability to count calories and sense fullness, so you end up eating more.
Don’t worry, if you have a sweet tooth, there is a way to get your fix. Use stevia – it’s a plant-based sweetener with zero calories that won’t cause your blood sugar to spike. We’d recommend mixing it with a glass of water, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and a little bit of lemon juice for a healthy option to lemonade and soft drinks.