Artificial sweeteners made with stevia and sucralose (an alcohol derivative from cane sugar) are the most well-known forms of sugar supplements.
Nutritionist Amida Carvajal explain that there is no scientific evidence that these substitutes have negative side effects on the body. For people that are overweight, suffer from diabetes, have high blood pressure or cholesterol, and are at risk of cardiovascular disease, she recommends using them moderately.
“This doesn’t mean that people should stop eating sugar, but that they should do it as least as possible. Some patients should substitute sugar in order to control their obesity and prevent other diseases. There are those, however, that do not suffer from these diseases and just want to take care of themselves,” Carvajal says.
Our expert recommends deciding whether it is necessary to use sugar with some foods and reading food product labels before consuming them. She also recommends choosing natural foods that already have natural sugars in them, such as natural fruit juice, and increasing the consumption of vegetables, legumes and grains.
In 2012, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association published a report that concluded that the reasonable use of sweeteners can help reduce the intake of calories and carbohydrates.