One of the reasons I first became interested in nutrition was because of this notion that food can be healing. The idea that what we put into our bodies can have a direct link to our overall health and wellness. I suppose these days that sounds pretty obvious to most people, but before Whole Foods became so popular and wellness was such a buzzword, it didn’t seem so linear to me.
Tag Archives: Sugar
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a sweet tooth.
I absolutely cannot relate to people who would rather have a cheese board than dessert.
That blows my mind.
Last month I had the privilege of attending the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. While there, not only was I able to learn about a bunch of exciting products but I was also able to attend several great education sessions. One particularly informative session was about blogging and how to get a fledgling blog going and generate interest in your site. The number one faux pas the speaker said a blogger should never, ever commit was to let there be a long lag time or erratic spacing between posts. Woops.
People ask me all of the time why I don’t use artificial sweeteners and what the deal is with Splenda. I usually like to reiterate that I am not an expert (not a doctor or a dietitian) but I have done some research and I do know this:
The main motivation behind artificial sweeteners is to cut calories from the diet. However, there is evidence showing that artificial sweeteners may not trigger the same brain reaction for satiety and could potentially increase appetite for sweets and other carbohydrates. Artificial sweeteners do not exist in nature and so the body is unable to process them, resulting in no calorie intake . It is still unknown what, if any, the long term effects are from some of these sweeteners will be on our bodies.