I’ve done blog posts (here and here) and newsletters before on the dangers of artificial sweeteners and healthier, natural alternatives. What I wanted to alert you to here is a new line of artificial sweeteners fortified with vitamins and minerals under the Equal Plus brand.
We are told a single packet provides 10% of the daily recommended value of the added vitamins and minerals so they’re marketed as a “good source” of those nutrients. Simply adding vitamins to dangerous artificial sweeteners in no way makes them a healthy food or source of nutrients!
They still raise your risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and related health conditions, destroy gut microbiota, cause glucose intolerance and interact with sweet-taste receptors throughout your digestive system that play a role in glucose absorption and trigger insulin secretion.
I’ve cautioned against making the mistake of thinking artificially sweetened products are a healthy weight loss option as the opposite is true. Now I want to strongly urge you to avoid this new product thinking it’s an easy way to boost vitamin intake. The negatives definitely do not outweigh the positives. For instance this one with vitamin C and zinc says it helps support a healthy immune system. Partially true. Vitamin C and zinc will definitely do that, but not in tandem with a dangerous artificial sweetener that decimates your gut microbiome, where most of your immune system lives.
I am definitely someone who loves to get the most bang from my nutritional buck. I put close to a dozen ingredients into my protein smoothies making them a nutritional powerhouse and even make my morning tea as nutritionally dense as possible. But this is not a good way to increase vitamin intake.
Please avoid these fortified artificial sweeteners at all costs.
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