Artificial sweeteners are low or completely devoid of calories, which is why so many of us choose them over sugar. However, artificial sweeteners are actually harder for your body to process and break down than natural forms of sugar.
This is because artificial sweeteners contain chemicals that the body has to work harder to digest, which can slow down digestion and metabolism.
There’s also plenty of controversy swirling around artificial sweeteners. Most have some negativity associated with them. Aspartame, for example, is the ingredient about which the FDA receives the most complaints.
Nutritionists recommend alternatives like sugar alcohols such as xylitol and erythritol, which can be found in Truvia, or real sugars found in cold-pressed honey or blackstrap molasses. But if you choose one of the latter, be sure to pay attention to calories.
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