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Are sugar-free sodas bad for you?


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Zero or sugar-free drinks: what they are, what are the benefits and what are the possible contraindications.

Over the years we have seen a small revolution in the world of soft drinks. In fact, the so-called zero drinks, sugar-free and, at least for advertising purposes, calorie-free drinks have become commercially available. These are drinks that appeal to a slice of customers who pay great attention to their physical shape , and who prefer to opt for drinks without many calories without sacrificing the taste of the most popular drinks. But are they really that effective? Are they good for your health?

The benefits of sugar-free drinks

All these questions are legitimate. Also because this type of drink certainly does not give up sweetness. However, they replace the classic sucrose with sweeteners that do not bring energy and therefore calories. These include synthetic sweeteners, such as sucralose, aspartame and saccharin, natural sweeteners deriving from polyols , such as sorbitol and mannitol, and those deriving from complex carbohydrates , such as stevia.

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Precisely for this reason, zero drinks are able to provide us with few calories , have no impact on our figure, do not raise blood sugar levels and often contain even more nutrients. However, they are not without flaws.

Contraindications of zero drinks

Zero drinks are not bad, but on one condition: they must not be consumed excessively and repeatedly , but only occasionally, otherwise their "dietary" effects are canceled. Some studies have shown a correlation between the consumption, in large quantities, of this type of drink and the increase in the body mass index, visceral fat in the abdomen and circumferences.

Homemade sugar-free drinks? An ideal solution

So if you need to have a drink every now and then, the sugar-free solution may be for you. But a great alternative could also be the preparation of healthy homemade drinks. These can help you lose weight, stay hydrated, and be able to do without the most popular industrial-grade drinks.

Among these homemade drinks we can suggest smoothies , fruit juices and iced tea. The former are a great way to get a lot of nutrients in one drink. You can add fresh or frozen fruit , yogurt, protein powders, and other healthy ingredients to a smoothie to make a nutritious and delicious drink.

Even with fruit juices we can experiment, perhaps adding ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, and others suitable for our diets. Cold tea is a great option, especially on hot days. You can make it with black tea, green tea, or herbal tea. We can add fresh fruit, and other ingredients to it to give it a delicious and refreshing flavor.
In short, making your own drinks at home is not so complex and could really prove to be the ideal solution for not giving up on taste but respecting your own line at the same time.


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