Dr Oz: Are Sugar Substitutes Bad for You?
Dr Oz spoke about Sugar Alternative after discussing fabulous Sleep Remedies. Do you swap out real sugar for sugar substitutes because you’re trying to lose weight? On today’s show, Doctor Oz was joined Internist, Dr. Keri Peterson, to give you the real skinny on sugar substitutes. We understand that too much sugar is bad for your health, but are the blue, yellow and pink packets safe for you? Plus, find out the healthier options for your substitutes. You should also read the recap of a previous show Dr Oz did on Artificial Sweetener Alternatives.
Dr. Peterson says that people are concerned with sugar substitutes because they’re made in a lab and not natural.
Those that use them want to know what these substitutes are doing to their bodies. Are they making you fat? Do they cause cancer? Doctor Oz discussed these issues and more.
The average American consumes a staggering amount of sugar substitutes each year. Even more surprising, sugar substitutes are hidden in your favorite packaged foods.
Dr Oz: Aspartame
-little blue packets
-200x sweeter than sugar
Dr Oz: Saccharin
-been around the longest
-300x sweeter than sugar
-founded in the 1870s
-in 1900s, manufacturers snuck this product into food in place of sugar because it was cheaper
Dr Oz: Sucralose
-600x sweeter than sugar
-made in 1976, approved by FDA 1998
-Dr. Peterson uses this product
Do Sugar Substitutes Cause Cancer?
Does it Cause Cancer:
-Dr. Peterson says no. There is no evidence that sugar substitutes cause cancer in humans.
-Saccharin has been linked to cancer in animals years ago.
-No longer on the list of cancer causing agents so it is not listed as such on the package.
Do Sugar Substitutes Cause Neurological Damage?
-Dr. Peterson says sugar substitutes have no impact on the brain or learning behavior.
Do Sugar Substitutes Make You Fat?
-Dr. Peterson says sugar substitutes may cause weight gain.
-Happens because you may have the urge to overindulge and end up eating more.
-This concerns Dr Oz because it’s a real issue.
Dr Oz: Stevia
-Use stevia-0 calories, all natural, in the little green packets
-Skip diet sodas
Dr Oz Diet Soda Split Recipe
-Drink Dr Oz’s Diet Soda Split
Mix 50/50 of diet soda and seltzer water
Cuts down on the amount of consumed sugar substitutes
You should also try out Dr Oz’s Soda Recipes that are natural and much healthier than traditional soda.
-Add low calorie craving killers
Check your foods labels for aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. Make sure they’re at the bottom of the ingredient list (or not listed at all) to ensure your favorite food product does not contain too much of it.