Paola Henderson – Nutritionist and Health Coach has returned again to the Crossbow Villa Luxury Caribbean Retreat blog, this time to provide us with some valid advice on harmful sugar additives and how to avoid them in your diet.

Artificial Sweetner

Please STOP adding this ingredient to your diet!

Today I want to talk about the replacement for sugar which many companies are using.

I know, you know, we all know that SUGAR is not good for any of us. But yet we consume it daily because it satisfies a craving, makes us feel comforted and it just is so damn delicious!

Now I could write a book about artificial sweeteners (A.K.A nasty chemicals) are quite the worst thing you could put into your body.The reason artificial sweeteners don’t have any calories is because the body doesn’t recognize them as food, and therefore can’t digest them. The issue here is that because they’re not digested, they become lodged in your digestive system and, in some cases, circulate through your body wreaking havoc on what they come in contact with.

Numerous health issues, including headaches, nausea, hearing loss, skin conditions, dizziness, fatigue and chest pains have been associated with the consumption of artificial sweeteners1. Newer studies even indicate that artificial sweeteners can kill the good bacteria in your digestive system, depressing your immune system and making you more susceptible to illness.

Currently, there are five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA:

1. Aspartame, sold under the brand names NutraSweet® and Equal®
2. Saccharin, sold under the brand name Sweet’N Low®
3. Sucralose, which is a sugar molecule with chlorine added to it, sold under the brand name Splenda®
4. Acesulfame K (or acesulfame potassium), produced by Hoechst, a German chemical company; widely used in foods, beverages and pharmaceutical products around the world.
5. Neotame, produced by the NutraSweet Company; the most recent addition to FDA’s list of approved artificial sweeteners, neotame is used in diet soft drinks and low-calorie foods.

Aspartame Sources

I highly recommend that you avoid these artificial sweeteners and any food containing them. Why would anyone want to put anything with the name “artificial” into their body? Always read your ingredients before consuming and make wiser choices.

If you’re looking for a natural, no calorie sweetener, pure stevia is your best bet!

Paola Henderson's Blueberry Coconut Flour Muffins
Here is a ‘safe sugar’ recipe for my blueberry coconut muffins

Blueberry Coconut Flour Muffins


  • 6 free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup Agave or Pure Honey or Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter kerrigold unsalted
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons coconut flour divided
  • 2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen fresh or dehydrated)

Serves 6


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  2. Whisk eggs, natural sweetener, butter and milk in medium bowl until well combined.
  3. Mix 1/2 cup coconut flour, lemon peel, salt, baking powder and xanthan gum in medium bowl. Sift flour mixture into egg mixture. Whisk until batter is smooth.
  4. Combine blueberries with remaining 2 teaspoons coconut flour in small bowl. Stir gently into batter. Pour evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan: serve warm.

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Paola has had extensive training and studied with the worlds top health and wellness experts, learning innovative coaching methods, practical life style management techniques and over 100 dietary theories!

Everything from Ayurveda, gluten free, Paleo, to raw, vegan & macrobiotics and everything in between.

Paola Handerson - Health Coach

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