Friday, September 7, 2007

Artificial Sweeteners Fuel Your Sugar Addiction

By Marcie Barnes

I've always had a theory that using artificial sweeteners only adds to or intensifies sugar cravings. Much in the same way as smelling a favorite food can cause an intense craving, I think the empty calories in artificial sweeteners just trigger your brain to want the real thing. A new study out of Canada seems to bolster that opinion.

I say stick to sugar, and use it in moderation. The herbal sweetener stevia is a great alternative to artificial sweeteners, and is becoming easier to find. Look for the brand name GreenLeaf at your local grocery (I have seen it at Kroger) or the WholeFoods 360° brand.

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