Episode 11: Artificial Sweeteners, Zero Calories & The Pregnancy Warning You May Not Have Known About (Aspartame. Sucralose, Splenda, Saccharin, Stevia & More.)

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We’ve all heard sugar is bad for us.

But, have you ever stopped to think about the consequences of substituting sugar for ‘diet’ alternatives – such as those brightly colored, zero-calorie, artificial sweeteners instead?

Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin (Sweet & Low), Aspartame (Equal or NutraSweet), Stevia (Sweet Leaf), & Sugar Alcohols (like Xylitol) are hiding in too many standard American food items to count. They’ve all been made in a lab by chemists discovering how to make our food sweeter with less calories – at the expense of our long term health.

to provide with the food, nutrients or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition

Plus, we can’t deny the fact that they’ve been perfectly marketed to us as one of the most recognizable condiments available to us at almost every coffee shop and restaurant in America – for FREE.

If you don’t know them by name – we can confidently assume that you know them as the little “pink, yellow and blue packets” always crammed in next to the sugar.

What’s not to like about FREE stuff? Or better yet … SWEET stuff?

We hope to make you stop and think about this long and hard today.


Are they good for us?

Are they harmless?

… Is zero calories really better?

We dive into all of this and more during this episode while expanding on the bigger conversation from episode 10 where we discussed Added Sugar, the popular motto YOLO & It’s Hidden Effects on Your Long-Term Health


The 5 Worst Artificial Sweeteners

Diabetes Journal Article : Diet Soda Intake and Risk of Incident Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

Pregnancy Warning: Exposure to non-nutritive sweeteners during pregnancy and lactation: Impact in programming of metabolic diseases in the progeny later in life.

Sucralose, A Synthetic Organochlorine Sweetener: Overview Of Biological Issues


Dr. Axe on Stevia: 5 Benefits of Stevia + How to Use the Different Types




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Episode 4: Fad Diets, Food Rules & The Peer Pressure clouding your judgement

Let’s dive into the messy and complicated world of FOOD – sorting out fad diets, dogmatic food rules and discussing the different food camps that are currently popular in 2018.

As registered nurses, we’re not nutritionists or dietitians – but we are human. So we’ve had many of our own experiences around food. Plus, we’ve each fallen victim to the peer pressure at different stages of our lives based on our goals & we’ve each had our own personal journey around the discovery of the nutrition hiding in our food & the way of eating that works best for us individually.




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