Skip to main content

What's Healthier: Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners?

For years, my clients have been asking me: "Is it better to eat 'sugar-free' yogurt? Or, yogurt with fruit on the bottom with all that sugar? What about sugar in my coffee? Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks?"

My answer has alway been, to my clients' surprise, "A little sugar won't hurt. Eat the yogurt you enjoy the most, even with a little jam on the bottom! And a little sugar in your coffee shouldn't hurt." New scientific research may prove I've been right all along.

Artificially sweetened beverages and foods are seen as guilt-free pleasures, because they are lower in calories - or even zero calories - compared to other foods. You may think of them as a great choice when you're trying to lose weight or trying to keep blood sugar in check. But some surprising new research suggests that artificial sweeteners might actually do the opposite.

Read more ...