We all love a sweet treat, but consuming too much added sugar can lead to weight gain and serious health issues. Fortunately, there is an alternative: cutting out artificial sweeteners. While it may be difficult to make the switch, the incredible benefits are worth it. When you cut out artificial sweeteners, your body will respond quickly. You may experience some withdrawal symptoms, such as more intense cravings, but these will go away if you stick to the plan.
You'll lose weight rapidly, have brighter skin, and you'll even start looking younger. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics showed that babies whose mothers drank artificial sweeteners daily during pregnancy were twice as likely to be overweight after one year of life than those whose mothers did not drink any artificial sweeteners. It's not known exactly what that might mean, but it's clear that a healthy gut is essential for the immune system, metabolism and overall well-being, and that artificial sugars can disrupt that delicate balance of bacteria. In general, artificial sweeteners are safe in limited amounts for healthy people, including pregnant women. And it goes without saying how much better you'll feel after a few weeks of eliminating artificial sweeteners from your life.