Man-made, artificial sweeteners are chemicals that can have a detrimental effect on gut health, and perhaps even our weight. There is evidence that artificial sweeteners make you hungrier, potentially causing us to overeat.
Gut health has become one of the most important aspects of our health. It is important to look after the good bacteria in your gut for overall health.
Your body has about 30 trillion human cells and around 40 trillion bacteria cells weighing as much as 200g. Without bacteria we cannot function.
Avoid artificial sugars and eat a lot of whole food in order to look after your important gut bacteria.
The FitChef Way
The sweetness in our FitChef meals comes naturally from whole, real foods like fresh fruit.
We need to eat for future health, by avoiding compounds that disrupt our gut health, like artificial sweeteners.
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