4 Simple Steps to Quit Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners do more than increase your cravings. A study published by JAMA pediatrics revealed women who consume artificial sweeteners every day during pregnancy increase risk of their children being overweight in early childhood.

Other studies show that artificial sweeteners ruin gut health, weaken your taste buds, and raise blood sugar levels.

Cutting†back on artificial sweeteners†can actually help you lose weight and maintain optimal health. And that doesn’t just cover sweet treats. Common foods, such as granola bars, yogurts, salad dressing, tomato sauce, and even some breads contain†hidden artificial sweeteners.

These†are†some handy strategies you can use to quit artificial sweeteners for good..

How to Quit Artificial Sweeteners

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1. Curb your cravings with fruits.

Replacing artificial sweeteners with sweet fruits can help curb your cravings. The sugar in fruits wonít be as sweet as added sugar but it can satisfy your sweet tooth.

I may also note that fruits contain fiber, which controls cravings, according to research. Fruits will also give you antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Instead of giving into your cravings for diet soda, eat sweet fruits such as bananas, dates, strawberries, pineapples, grapefruits, or oranges every day.

Natural sweeteners, like honey, are helpful when quitting artificial sweeteners.

2. Use natural sugars (in moderation).

Artificial sweeteners may contain fewer calories than a natural sweetener like honey, but they have negative effects on your health. Honey contains nutrients that can keep you healthy and fight off diseases.

If you usually add artificial sweeteners to tea or coffee, start using honey or other natural sugars such as molasses. Instead of buying flavored yogurt, buy plain yogurt and add honey to it.

You still need to practice moderation. When used excessively, natural sugars can expand your waistline just like any other added sugar.

Alternatively, you can use spices to add flavor without adding sugar to your food.†They obviously won’t be as sweet, but you can sprinkle spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger onto coffee and yogurt to add calorie-free flavor.

When you're trying to quit artificial sweeteners cold turkey, read labels for hidden sweeteners.

3. Quit cold turkey.

People who have tried to quit sugar will tell you that moderation doesnít always work. Eating even a little sugar can open the door to all sorts of cravings.

If thatís the case for you, cutting out all foods that contain artificial sweeteners may be the only way to control your cravings.

Realize that it is very easy to consume artificial sweeteners without realizing it. Read the labels on all processed foods, and be aware that manufacturers use different terms to hide these ingredients. Common ingredients to look out for include: aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, and advantame.

Fruit-infused water is a great way to quit artificial sweeteners!

4. Replace artificially sweet beverages with fruit-infused water.

Iím not just talking about lemon water, there are so many fruit infused water recipes†out there!†These beverages will give you the sweet taste of fruit and†help control your cravings for soda.

If you donít find them sweet enough, add a touch of natural sweetener. The truth is, it is far better to consume natural sugar than added sugar. However, your goal should be to reduce sugar intake to below the recommended six teaspoons (25 grams) a day.

Do you know other ways to quit artificial sweeteners?

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36 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y2 days ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y2 days ago

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John J
John J2 days ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J2 days ago

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Peter B2 months ago

thanks very much

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Kevin B
Peter B2 months ago

thanks very much

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Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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S M
S Mabout a year ago

As countries tax sugar to try and reduce consumption, food and drink companies will use more sweeteners to replace!

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Aba Comms
Aba Commsabout a year ago

Low-calorie sweeteners have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities as well as hundreds of scientific studies. Contrary to the suggestion here, research debunks the claim that low-calorie-sweeteners trigger increased cravings. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that those who consumed diet beverages in place of caloric ones consumed fewer calories than other control groups, including those who consumed only water.

It’s also important to note that research fails to prove that drinking low- and no- calorie beverages while pregnant in any way causes obesity in childhood. In fact, the European Food Safety Authority has affirmed that low- and no-calorie sweeteners in beverages and foods can be safely consumed during pregnancy.

Bottom line: low-calorie beverages and their ingredients are safe and can be enjoyed with confidence.

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Winn A
Winn Adamsabout a year ago

Noted

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