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How sweet it is: Sugar Substitutes

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Sucralose (Splenda)
-    An altered sugar molecule; passes through the body undigested (0 calories)
-    Straight substitute for regular sugar
-    Leading sugar substitute
-    Though often promoted as a “natural,” substitute, it’s a synthetic compound.  

Stevia extracts (such as Truvia and PureVia)
-    Comes from the shrub Stevia rebaudiana
-    Number two brand of sugar substitute
-    Touted as “natural,” though the leaves have to be highly processed to isolate the compounds. 

Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) 
-    Made from two amino acids 
-    Unsafe for people with phenylketonuria (PKU
-    Safe for humans, according to exhaustive reviews by the FDA, WHO and other authorities. 

Acesulfame Potassium (Sunett and Sweet One)
-    Compound passes through the body unchanged (0 calories)
-    FDA has repeatedly reaffirmed its safety, as has the WHO and the European Union. Nearly 100 studies have given it a clean bill of health.


About Asha Belisle

Asha is a Certified Exercise Physiologist who has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 18 years. She is a Fitness and Nutrition Coach who specializes in Contest Preparation. She works on not only the physical components of competition, but also the social and emotional. Asha has worked with amateur and professional athletes from various athletic disciplines, and has a passion for helping others to realize their dreams.