Blossom Water can help you Kick the Artificial Sweetener Habit

Blossom Water contains nothing artificial. No artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners. Though contrary to popular belief, this last fact is particularly important to those interested in healthy weight loss.

Many dieters have opted for artificial sweeteners in order to cut back on their caloric intake, but this strategy is backfiring. Recent studies show that the brain cannot be fooled by artificial sweeteners. Sweet flavors without energy (calories) may even increase cravings. “Humans frequently ingesting low-calorie sweet products in a state of hunger or exhaustion may be more likely to ‘relapse’ and choose high calorie alternatives in the future.” (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/w-tbc092013.php)

This might be the death knell for artificial sweeteners, but it may not kill your habituated use of them. Here are a couple strategies that might help you kick the artificial sweetener habit:

Read the label. There are hidden artificial sweeteners lurking in many drinks and foods. Though there are only five artificial sweeteners currently approved but the FDA, they have found their way into many of our meals and snacks. Here is the not-so-fab five: Acesulfame potassium, Aspartame, Neotame, Saccharin and Sucralose. These sweeties often go by brand names like Splenda, Nutrasweet, and Equal. Read the labels, be strong, and move on.

Write about your cravings. It’s called journaling; and your shrink will love you for it. Keep track of when you crave sweets and what you do about that craving. If you do appease your cravings with an artificial sweetener, make note of how you feel about it afterward. Be mindful of its affects on your body.

Satisfy your cravings with some fruit or a bottle of Blossom Water. The naturally occurring sugar in fresh fruit (fructose) is very satisfying and can even displace the desire for  “sweets” altogether. Blossom Water, sweetened with agave (containing fructose) can squelch a craving for a sweet or sugary soda.

Use sweet spices like nutmeg or cinnamon. While sweet spices are not technically sweet on their own, they do enhance the sweetness of the foods they flavor. And spices have the added benefit of containing antioxidants. Think of how nice a sprinkle of cinnamon can be on top of a hot drink. Focus on the flavor and you won’t miss the artificial sweet. Sprinkle liberally….

Enjoy real sweets like sugar and agave in small amounts. Any diet or meal plan worth its salt includes treats in moderation. And real sweets like agave satisfy. Torturing yourself with complete abstinence can lead to binging in the long run.