I cannot stress enough how important the quality of what we put into our body is when it comes to our metabolism, gene function and overall health.

While Aspartame and other synthetic sweeteners may not have any calories, it’s important to remember that there are far more contributors to weight gain and disease than just calories in excess.

Artificial flavours and sweeteners can cause inflammation, increase carbohydrate cravings and cause hormonal imbalances by altering the microbes in our gut – with no nutritional value whatsoever.

Instead of choosing foods that can benefit your body, whether it contains x amount of antioxidants (which basically means it has anti-aging properties) or certain vitamins and minerals – many people make food choices based on which has the lowest calories, even if it is mostly made up of chemicals and has no nutritional value.

The topic of sugar is another can of worms, but I personally think that choosing a natural sweetener that is free of preservatives, artificial colours, chemicals is a far better choice than any 0 calorie synthetic hormone disruptor.

What are some natural sweeteners/sugar alternatives?

Stevia, raw honey, maple syrup, dates and coconut sugar are some of my favourites!

I take a very practical approach to health and I understand that most of us lead very busy lives and sometimes whole foods aren’t always accessible – but next time you are in the grocery store and you have the ability to choose between a whole or processed food (and the decision is simply based on calorie count), try to keep your health as your first concern and you might find that your waist line will follow.

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