If you love your sugar in a cup of teas and coffees, you've likely turned to artificial sweeteners to try and reduce syns and help your weight loss, but do they have any syns?
Most artificial sweeteners in tablet form are syn free but granulated and powder sweeteners can have some syns, with most people synning them at 0.5 syns a teaspoon to consume sweeteners within moderation.
We've put together a small guide below which will take you through if artificial sweeteners are good for you, how they compare to sugar and some syn values of varying brands, so without further ado let's get into it!
The artificial sweetener has been raved about in the diet world for a long time as a low-calorie alternative to sugar, whether you want to sweeten baked goods or drinks, but just how good is it for you when are you dieting?
The calorie-free sweeteners are known as; saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose and there is also stevia which has calories but is still low in them.
There are limited negative effects to consuming sweeteners but some to note are; that you might crave sweeter foods high in calories after consuming them, they could alter your taste buds and they are chemicals, so should only be consumed in moderation.
Artificial sweeteners can be a great weight loss alternative however for people who tend to consume full-sugar sodas and sugary beverages, for example, an average coke has 7.5 syns and nearly 40g of sugar, while a coke zero has no calories or sugar.
Sugar itself has 1 syn per teaspoon and 2.5 syns for a tablespoon, making it much higher in syns than sweeteners. Two tablespoons could cost you put 5 syns which is nearly half of your daily syn allowance.
Artificial sweeteners could be an excellent swap to sugar if you're tending to put a couple of teaspoons in a per cup of tea for example.
Artificial sweeteners are mainly syn free, but some like stevia does have syns, we've listed some popular brands and their syn values down below.
Overall, artificial sweeteners are mostly syn free in slimming world but are often synned at 0.5 syns a teaspoon for their granulated versions so they can be consumed in moderation.
Artificial sweeteners can help with weight loss rather than consuming sugar, but we would still advise consuming them in moderation due to their ability to make you crave sugary foods.