“Avoid added sugars.”
It’s advice you hear every day from your doctor, the media, and health experts. And it’s considered even more important when it comes to avoiding diabetes.
Instead of sugar, you’re told your best option is an artificial sweetener such as Equal or Splenda.
So you make the switch. But it turns out that this “good advice” is rotten to the core.
In fact, research has now revealed it could INCREASE your risk of diabetes.
How artificial sweeteners send diabetes risk rocketing
Do you ever get the feeling Corporate America thinks you’re a guinea pig? Judging from a recent study, it certainly seems that way.
Researchers found that artificial sweeteners mutate—yes, mutate—your metabolic genes. Making them unable to metabolize fat properly. This leaves the fat flowing in your blood and accumulating throughout your body.
Metabolic syndrome—which includes high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, belly-fat build up, and unhealthy cholesterol—can send your risk for heart attacks and strokes soaring. And by some estimates, it could increase your risk for diabetes by a staggering 500 percent.
Sugar doesn’t do this. And while you definitely shouldn’t load up on sugar either when you eat it at least your genes stay as-is.
The artificial sweeteners, on the other hand, turn you into a lab experiment. Causing mutations to your body at the genetic level setting you up for disability, expensive diabetes meds, endless doctor’s appointments and, finally, early death.
And that’s not all.
Research shows that folks who use artificial sweeteners are more likely to develop heart disease, too. Worse, they’re more likely to DIE from it. More fatal heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure.
But what if you sometimes still crave a little sweetness? You’re in luck.
3 surprising all-natural ways to sweeten things up
Now, you may have heard of stevia. An all-natural sweetener it doesn’t appear to come with all the same dangers of artificial sweeteners. However, there are still some questions about how this safer substitute may raise insulin levels or effect metabolism.
But you may not have heard of these other three healthy ways to add a little sweetness when you need it…
1. Grated Carrot:
Carrot is naturally sweet, but because of the fiber in it, it’s less likely to spike your blood sugar. Add a little grated carrot to sauces and oatmeal cookies to sweeten them, and you’ll also boost your intake of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), biotin, vitamin K, potassium, and vitamin B6.
Beets are one of the sweetest veggies out there. In fact, most refined sugar is made from beets. But when you eat them in their natural, unprocessed state, they pack a walloping nutritional punch including vitamin C, magnesium, and folate.
Even better, these root veggies help lower blood pressure, boost energy levels, and improve athletic performance. Throw beets into the mix to sweeten smoothies, soups, and even chocolate cakes.
Applesauce is classic comfort food. But it turns out it’s so much more. Use it any recipe to cut sugar and It adds a subtle sweetness to baked goods, barbecue sauce, stuffing, baked beans, and even marinated chicken.
Bonus? Studies show apples can help FIGHT diabetes. That’s because they’re loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help reduce your risk. Apples also help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cataracts, and more.
It’s time to say goodbye to artificial sweeteners for good. The risks aren’t worth it. Especially when you have natural, healthy alternatives like these.
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