Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sweet! Artificial Sweeteners Can be Part of Healthy Eating.

If you like a little sweetness in your life but are concerned about using sugars, artificial sweeteners may be a good alternative for you. Not everyone is comfortable with consuming these compounds, but here's the truth behind their effects on your health.

MYTH 31: Artificial sweeteners have too many chemicals to be healthy.

THE TRUTH: Artificial sweeteners can be part of healthy eating. Health Canada approves all sweeteners for safety before they can be sold in Canada. Health Canada also develops strict guidelines for how food producers can use a sweetener, as well as advice on how much is safe to eat each day. Artificial sweeteners add a sweet taste while limiting calories and can be enjoyed in moderation, as part of a healthy diet.

More information on artificial sweeteners:
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Food-Safety/Artificial-Sweeteners.aspx
• http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/addit/sweeten-edulcor/index-eng.php

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