Last week we explored the first part of Dr. Oz’s series on the dangers of artificial sweeteners. We learned the different types, how they affect your brain, and tips for avoiding them in your shopping list. Today we will be reviewing the second part in his series as well as providing tips to cut the crud from your daily diet.
First of all, did you know that artificial sweeteners are 600 times sweeter than natural ones? Imagine your taste buds as a guitar, when you ingest a piece of cake made with natural sugars, your taste buds respond to the sweetness in a positive way, like an in-tune strum of the guitar. However, when you intake artificial sweeteners, it is the equivalent to strumming on your guitar with a knife, cutting the strings and ceasing all music possible from the instrument.
When you ingest artificial sweeteners, they completely knock out your taste buds, making your body unable to process natural sugars properly again. This is because the hormones that are released by your body when you eat sugar are erased with artificial ingestion, so your body ceases to release these hormones when you eat natural sugar because it is tricked into believing it is receiving the artificial kind. This is where diseases like diabetes begin to develop.
The good news is that the damage all of your body’s mechanisms sustain when you eat artificial sweeteners can be reversed. Your body can revert back to trusting natural sugars again, and its really simple, just eliminate those dangerous artificial sweeteners from your daily regime.
Some people can do this cold turkey, but for many it can become quite a process. Make it easy on yourself so that you don’t find yourself falling back on old habits. Dr. Oz recommends cutting your intake of artificial sweeteners in half each week. For example, if you put two packets of Sweet ‘N’ Low in your coffee every morning, put in one for a week, then a half packet the next. It will taste different at first, but then your taste buds will begin to adjust, repair themselves, and thank you.
Want to read the first part of our series on artificial sweeteners? Click here. Have questions about artificial sweeteners and how they affect your body? Drop us a line anytime, we’d love to help you out.
Stay Aware and Stay Healthy,
Dr. Roger Sahoury