No sugarcoating: Here’s the deal on natural vs. artificial sweeteners

Nutritionist says it depends on your goals

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Whether you’re addicted to sugar, you’ve completely denounced it from your diet, or you kind of just have a "whatever" attitude about the whole thing, let us tell you: All “sugars” are not created equal.

At most restaurants, you’ll find a big jar of white sugar or a container filled with Equal, Sweet’N Low, Splenda or others. Better yet, stand in the sweetener aisle of your grocery store and try to soak in all your options.

Which one do you grab to sweeten your coffee or tea? The better question: Which one SHOULD you grab?

Korynn Snidar, a certified nutritionist with a B.S. in human nutrition and dietetics, said it really depends on your goals.

“Having your sweeteners — there’s really not a one-size-fits-all for everyone,” she said.

Are you wanting to be healthier in general, or are you trying to lose weight?

Many who are trying to lose weight will switch from regular sugar to a sugar substitute, which has far fewer calories.

Snidar said artificial sweeteners can be beneficial to someone who is trying to shed a significant amount of weight.


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