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Sugar, Let's discuss.

We all know too much sugar is not great for our bodies. We all know it can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it is in so many things that it is easy to get too much. So we look for foods that say "No Sugar," which usually means it is a chemical sugar that we do not live as sugar. Is this better for you?

Foods labeled as "No Sugar" or "Sugar-Free" often contain sugar substitutes to provide sweetness without actual sugar. These substitutes can be categorized into artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and natural sweeteners. Here's a breakdown of these substitutes and their impacts:

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body's innate calorie regulation, potentially causing an overconsumption of high-calorie foods and beverages. Studies indicate that these sweeteners might heighten appetite and cravings for sugary foods and drinks.

Furthermore, artificial sweeteners could change the gut microbiome, which may result in digestive and metabolic issues. Research has also highlighted possible connections between artificial sweeteners and a heightened risk of cancer. Additionally, these sweeteners do not provide essential nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants, possibly leading to nutrient deficiencies if consumed over time.


  • Health Impact: Aspartame has been linked to headaches, dizziness, and seizures in some individuals. The sweetener can also affect the brain’s neurotransmitters, leading to mood changes, anxiety, and depression.

  • Increased risk of certain types of cancer, including lymphoma, leukemia, and brain tumors.


  • Health Impact: sucralose can also increase inflammation in the body

  • Some studies have shown that sucralose can change your gut microbiome by lowering the number of good bacteria by half.


  • Health Impact: researchers suggested that the sweeteners could disrupt bacteria’s delicate balance in the digestive system and encourage types of bacteria to be more efficient at harvesting energy from food. In turn, this can raise glucose intolerance, leading to an increased risk of metabolic disorders, such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes

Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K)

  • Health Impact: Hormone disruption: Acesulfame potassium has been shown to mimic the effects of estrogen in the body, which may lead to hormone disruption and other health problems.

  • Neurotoxicity: Some studies have suggested that acesulfame potassium may be toxic to the nervous system.

Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients, including fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. Sugar alcohols can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, especially in individuals who are not used to consuming them.


  • Health Impact: Research suggests that xylitol may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by enhancing platelet activity and blood clot formation.


  • Health Impact: Sorbitol may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners, and reduce their effectiveness.


  • Health Impact: Some studies suggest that high levels of erythritol may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke (Metabolomics analyses reported an increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with the artificial sweetener erythritol, supported by mechanistic studies showing that high levels of erythritol enhanced platelet reactivity and thrombosis formation).


  • Health Impact: Mannitol is primarily excreted through the kidneys, which may concern individuals with kidney impairment.

Natural Sweeteners


  • Health Impact: High doses of Stevia may cause kidney problems in some individuals, particularly those with pre-existing kidney issues.

Monk Fruit Extract

  • Health Impact: A recent study linked erythritol, a sugar alcohol found in monk fruit, to an increased risk of heart disease. However, more research is needed to confirm this finding.

We can consume a lot of common hidden sugars in " No-Sugar" foods each day. It is best to limit even the no-sugar foods when they have other sugars added to them. As we can see, many of them can impact gut and cardiovascular health.

By eating natural sugar, our body knows how to deal with it rather than irritate the body and store it in the fat tissue. Natural sugars can also contain other vitamins and minerals, not just empty sugar taste.

There are better ways to reduce sugar than buying processed food that says it doesn't have sugar. That creates other health issues. Fiber, fat, and protein are all ways to help slow down the absorption of sugar.

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