A common idea among most people who are trying to get healthy is that sugar-free options are the better options.
Wrong! Don’t fall into the sugar-free trap!
Here is the main problem with sugar-free things: immediately you think there is no sugar, so it’s obviously healthy. However, it’s still sweet. Why? Because they use artificial sweetener.
That stuff is bad news.
These artificial sweeteners are ridden with chemicals that do terrible things to our bodies. They’ve been shown to increase appetite (which kind of defeats the purpose) and cause damage to organs.
Let’s look at Diet Coke, for example. When my boyfriend found out he was diabetic, he decided to live on Diet Coke. He was upset about the whole thing, so I let him do it. Trips to the movies became a little rough when the large soda we typically shared now had to be a Diet Coke. I cannot and will not ever be able to handle the taste of it. Ignoring the fact that aspartame (the sweetener used) is terrible for you, it tastes like straight up chemicals. Just it’s taste alone screams “don’t drink me!”
Lauryn, a lifestyle blogger at The Skinny Confidential, has a post about the sugar-free syrups from Starbucks. Her posts are extremely driven by her personality, but they do offer some accurate information.
Along side her recommendations, I would suggest to try natural sweeteners if you really need to add something. I personally try to avoid adding much. I avoid soda like the plague and I drink unsweet tea or water.
However, everything is okay in moderation. I need sweetener in my coffee–not a lot, but I need it. I don’t drink coffee everyday, and I don’t use an excessive amount of sweetener, so it’s okay for me to use it (it’s not sugar-free, though).
So throw away all those “diet” drinks and sugar-free substitutes. If you need a little bit of sweetener, use something natural.