Dr Oz: Artificial Sweetener Addiction
Every coffee shop and restaurant has artificial sweeteners available, right next to sugar. The idea of these products is that they are supposed to help you lose weight, but they could actually be having the opposite effect, according to Dr Oz. Find out the suggestions Dr Oz shared to help you kick your sweetener addiction, including Arctic Zero Bars, Agave Nectar Gummies, and even his Root Beer & Orange Soda Recipes.
Artificial Sweeteners are actually sweeter than sugar in most cases, and this can make your cravings even stronger. Dr Oz reported that an average American takes in about 24 pounds of sweeteners each year. (That seems like a lot, right?)
Here’s the relative sweetness of some popular sweeteners:
- Aspartame – 200x sweeter than sugar
- Saccharine – 500x sweeter than sugar
- Sucralose – 600x sweeter than sugar
These could be making you more hungry and actually leading to weight gain, but Dr Oz had a plan to help you break the habit. Audience volunteer Missy was Dr Oz’s guinea pig. She called herself an artificial sweetener addict.
Stevia Sweetener Review
Dr Oz suggested switching to a Stevia sweetener for your coffee. This South African product is only 30 times sweeter than sugar itself, and it’s been proven to lower blood pressure and diabetic complications. Missy tried it in some coffee, and she approved of the taste.
Dr Oz: Maple Syrup Yogurt Trick
Instead of adding sweeteners, try a little maple syrup in unsweetened yogurt for a healthier snack alternative. Maple syrup is a natural product, so it doesn’t cause some of the health complications and digestive issues that can be associated with artificial sweeteners.
Dr Oz: Agave Nectar Gummies
Another option is Agave Nectar, which Dr Oz used to create his own Agave Nectar Gummies. Missy gave them a try and approved of them as a sweet snack option. Dr Oz noted that these will satisfy the sweet tooth without leaving you always wanting more.
Dr Oz: Arctic Zero Ice Cream Review
Dr Oz also spoke about Arctic Zero Ice Cream, a dessert option with few calories and no artificial sweeteners. Most low fat ice cream relies on sweeteners such as Sorbitol, Saccharin or Aspartame.
Dr Oz: Root Beer & Orange Soda Recipes
Dr Oz also said you have to quit diet soda if you want to break the artificial sweetener habit. He suggested making your own Orange Soda Recipe or Root Beer Recipe, as he demonstrated on the show.
Dr Oz: Orange Soda Recipe
- 2 Oranges
- 1 cup Seltzer Water
- Squeeze the oranges to produce fresh juice.
- Combine juice with Seltzer Water and serve.
Missy said this was a great beverage she really liked.
Dr Oz: Root Beer Recipe
- 2 teaspoons Agave Nectar
- 2 teaspoons Sarsaparilla Extract
- 2 cups Seltzer Water
- Mix ingredients together.
- Serve in a glass. Makes two servings.
Which one of these soda recipes sounds better to you? Can you even think about giving up your diet drinks?
Dr Oz: Date Sugar Review
Dr Oz also suggested looking into Date Sugar as an alternative to your favorite artificial sweeteners. Have you tried this product?