3. Artificial Sweeteners Also Make Us Want More Sweets 

Using Artificial Sweeteners

Many artificial sweeteners are much sweeter per serving than sugar, thus can actually cause heightened cravings for sugary foods and beverages. So much for drinking diet soda to save calories and lose weight! The more you consume diet drinks, the more likely you’ll crave the sugary drinks and foods you’ve been trying to avoid. 

The more we learn about these non-nutritive sweeteners, the more it’s clear that drinking diet sodas and other beverages with NNS is actually sabotaging our weight control goals while putting our hearts at risk for disease. 

2. Which Sweeteners Are Considered NNS?

Artificial Sweeteners

In spite of their own warnings about the health risks of diet soda, The American Heart Association (AHA) still provides health articles that recommend NNS as healthier alternatives to sugar in drinks. Non-nutritive sweeteners are basically those that have no nutrient value, and often have no calories or low calorie content. 

FDA-approved non-nutritive sweeteners include aspartame, acesulfame-K, neotame, saccharin and sucralose. The AHA also states that allulose, monk fruit, and stevia are labeled by the FDA as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) non-nutritive sweeteners.

1. How to Kick the Sweetened Drink Habit

Drinking Soda

Breaking the habit of sugary and artificially sweetened drinks can be difficult. Missing the flavor, the comfort they bring, and the social connection to others who drink similar beverages can make the detox period even harder. To kick the sweetened drink habit, you might start with fruit-infused water. Berries and citrus fruits have natural sweeteners that can give water and sparkling water a sweeter taste. Switching to herbal teas might help, as well, whether served hot or chilled. Over time, your cravings for sweetened drinks will likely decrease as your body adjusts to the switch. 

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