In my opinion, there is no safe amount of added sugar or sugar substitutes. Sugar is also hidden in everything; coffee creamer, bread, dressings, cereal, yogurt, etc. Look above at all the aliases sugar has in hopes to disguise itself within the ingredient list on food labels. Sneaky.
Naturally contained sugars in fruit and vegetables are balanced by the fiber, vitamins, enzymes and other properties of the fruit/vegetable which slow sugar digestion and help the body deal with it more easily. Added sugar, on the other hand, provides none of these benefits and instead:
- Stresses the Liver
- Increases Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Can contribute to Leptin Resistance which creates an addictive sugar response in the brain.
- Weight gain, cravings, sleep trouble
Sugar doesn’t fill you up but instead encourages you to eat more. Stick to naturally occurring sugar in fruits and veggies! My only sugar exception is dark chocolate. 🙂