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ARE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS A FITNESS FRIEND OR FATAL FOE?


Are Artificial Sweeteners a Fitness Friend or Fatal Foe?

ARE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS A FITNESS FRIEND OR FATAL FOE?

Since their introduction into the mainstream market, artificial sweeteners have garnered lots of attention, both positive and negative. Let face it, water is boring. Imagine being able to drink all the delicious soda you want, without worrying about the negative impacts of sugar. And because of that reason, zero-calorie drinks have taken the beverage market by storm.

But is it all too good to be true?

FIND OUT IF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ARE REALLY YOUR IDEAL OPTION

HEALTH RISKS OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

Sugar-free sweeteners like aspartame came under very heavy scrutiny throughout the 1990s because it was believed that continuous consumption of this chemical could increase your chances of getting cancer, among other health problems.

This sparked a chain of studies (well over 50), and while there were no direct links between aspartame and cancer found, many of the studies that did find links to other negative conditions were revealed to be heavily flawed.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND YOUR PHYSIQUE

If you’re drinking artificial sweeteners instead of regular soda, there’s a pretty good chance you know the effects that excess amounts of sugar have on the body and are trying to avoid that outcome at all costs. While switching to diet soda may seem like the logical thing to do, it can actually have a detrimental effect on your overall eating habits and, ultimately, your body composition.

The reason for this is simple — our bodies do need a certain amount of sugar to function properly. I’m not saying you should eat a tablespoon per day of refined table sugar; what I am saying is the simple carbs you consume should come from healthy sources like rice or vegetables.

Incorporating large amounts of diet soda into your diet will cause you to crave more sweets, or more specifically, the sugar you would normally get from sweet foods. And while you satisfy your taste buds with that sugar-free beverage, your brain is not. This often results in eventually splurging on foods that are high in sugar, causing insulin levels to go off the charts.

CONCLUSION

If you’re going to drink diet soda, keep it to a minimum. I’d recommend 250ml serving per week at the most, just to treat yourself. I know water doesn’t seem so exciting, but you also have to take into account that while diet soda tastes good, there are other things you should consider.

Water doesn’t contain any sodium or carbon dioxide in the way diet soda does. Also, from an aesthetic standpoint, water won’t stain your teeth as some diet sodas will.

About Travis Davis

Travis, on his 50th birthday, made the decision to get smart on diet and exercise. That was only a couple of years ago. “I’m so confident, positive, feel great and train with guys half my age and put them to shame.” Travis got professional help to suit his age in terms of diet, health, training and exercise. He’s all about sharing what he has learnt with all men, of all ages, especially those in their 40s and over.

ABOUT ANTHONY HILL

Anthony Hill
When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More