I’ve always been a cynic of anything which tastes like junk food yet boasts about being healthy.
There’s a new “natural” sweetener in the market at the moment called stevia (well, ok it’s not really new, it was approved for sale in Australia in 2008 and has been used to sweeten food for hundreds of years in South America – but I’m only just jumping on the band wagon so it’s new for me).
There just always seems something a bit off about food substitutes, honestly – this generation just wants to have our cake and eat it too! Mmmmmm… cake…..
Anyway, why do we need everything to be so sweet? Can’t we just train ourselves to have our tea without sugar? Or instead of eating all this #raw #healthy #organic cakes, biscuits, slices, balls, chocolate, pancakes (you get the idea) why not just, not eat it? Eat fruit in our day to day diets for sugar intake instead?
And if these things are truly a sometimes food, there really shouldn’t be a huge problem in a slice of cake for dad’s birthday right? Sugar is after all an essential part of our diets – it just happens to be the portions we mess up.
There’s nutritionists around the world praising this product which has no calories and is 200-300 times sweeter than refined sugar.
There are also nutritionists (although they do seem to be a minority) who aren’t quite so quick to jump on the band wagon. They say:
· It has not been researched enough to understand long term health effects
· It can make people put on weight due the brain perceiving sugar in the meal, but creating an imbalance when it’s not in the body. This leads to overeating and further sugar cravings.
· It can also interrupt the course of: anti-fungals, anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials, anti-cancer drugs, anti-virals, appetite suppressants, calcium channel blockers, cholesterol-lowering drugs, drugs that increase urination, fertility agents and other medications.
My guess is at the last point is only when consumed in large quantities, but worth checking with your doctor if you’re taking anything right?
The amount of times I’ve walked to 7/11 for a magnum and cookies and cream chocolate is shameful. It’s just, if the aim is to get myself fit and healthy, I think I’d prefer to do it old school. Eating from all the major food groups – especially veggies – keeping an eye on portion size, 1-2 pieces of fruit a day and keeping “sometimes foods”… as sometimes foods.
What do you think? I’m very interested in the thoughts of others on this topic. Comment below!