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Natural and Artificial Sweeteners

Posted Jan 14 2011 12:00am

More and more people, including teens and kids are adding not only more sugar to their daily diets, more than the recommended amount, but also artificial sweeteners. Is there any harm in these? Have you ever wondered, "What, really, is the difference in using regular sugar versus Splenda? What about all this talk I hear now about the new sweetener called Stevia?" How do you know which are safe? How do you know which ones are questionable?

All great questions without easy, straighforward answers...

Late last year in September of 2010, Real Simple magazine published an article entitled " A Guide to Natural and Artificial Sweeteners ". It is a well-written concise report on 7 natural and articial sweeteners that helps to eliminate the mystery on many of these products. Four subcategories are addressed with each one: "What it is, Also goes by, Where you'll find it, and Good to know".

It is definitely worth your while and can help you explain these additives to your children and teens!

"Rasberry on a Mound of Sugar" Photo by Sarrobi, Dreamstime
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