It wasn't long ago that I was discussing my supplement regime with another fitness professional, whereby I explained that I was using Optimum Nutrition 100% Protein Powder because it was a high quality protein powder, which tasted great and was really good value for money.
We moved onto the topic of artificial sweeteners and I explained that, whilst I would prefer not to consume artificial sweeteners, I haven't come across a good protein powder without artificial sweeteners. Fortunately, I recently discovered an amazing product called Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey which contains nothing artificial!
Today, I tasted the product and was pleasantly surprised that it tasted quite good. So, I was inspired to blog about it and possibly even write up a full review shortly.
So anyway, let's briefly discuss artificial sweeteners. Do they cause cancer? Are they going to make you sick? Are they any good for you?
The thing is, there is currently no conclusive evidence to prove that they are "bad" for you in any way, shape or form. Sure, one study may come to this conclusion, yet another one may conclude otherwise. There really is no hard evidence. Plus, Australia is one of the strictest countries in the world when it comes to the foods that are available for consumption, so anything on the market that could even be a potential risk would be immediately removed!
Now I do believe that artificial sweeteners can be a great tool when trying to limit the calories that you consume. Personally, during my BodyBlitz Challenge, I did consume a number of artificially sweetened products (apart from protein powders) in order to overcome sugar cravings. Sugar is a highly addictive substance, so you need every tool at your disposal to overcome such an addiction!
Additionally, if you desperately need to lose weight for health reasons, then using artificial sweeteners to replace highly refined carbohydrates may be a viable approach for you, at least in the short-term.
Having said all this, artificial sweeteners aren't "good" for you either. There is a question mark as to whether or not they are "bad", but they certainly have no nutritional value. So, this is precisely my rationale as to why I converted to the Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey Protein Powder. I have to be honest, whilst it tastes good, it doesn't taste as "great" as the Optimum. Yet, I would much rather eliminate the artificial sweeteners from my protein powder because it just isn't necessary in my particular circumstances.