Just as we go to the bathroom together or our menstruation becomes synchronized, pregnancy can be contagious according to science.
Talking about babies is quite common among friends, companions or neighbors. It is one of the favorite conversations when a certain age arrives, but that does not mean that it is a race against the clock or competition between us. However, according to studies carried out by the University of Bamberg in Germany, which carried out some tests with 42 thousand women workers in different companies, they were able to confirm that the year after one of the employees gave birth, the chances of their Companions wish to become mothers.
Another study conducted by the National Institute of Adolescent Health in the United States confirmed that planned pregnancies were more frequent after a close friend had been a mother.
The reason is that many women have a great maternal instinct and when we see an alien baby we get excited. If the mother of that baby is our close friend, the chances of getting a pregnant increase, as self-confidence grows and maternal feeling is raised, increasing motivation and confidence to conceive.
It’s all about a very strong emotional factor that touches our inner sensibility. When that friend stays in state, something inside tells you that you can too and that it is not so difficult. This results in the unconscious acting and the end, we stop using contraceptives and become a little braver and released.
Psychologically, we are social beings and we act in a group, so it is not uncommon for a few more women to go behind a pregnant woman.
Are artificial sweeteners harmful to health?
If you have decided to restrict or eliminate the use of sugar and have considered replacing it with artificial sweeteners, should you know before this data are they more harmful than sugar itself?
The option that has reached the consumer more strongly as a substitute for sugar is artificial sweeteners. They are even perceived as very healthy ingredients and a perfect alternative to sugar. Are they that healthy? Should you include them in your weight loss diet?
According to Dr. Isabel Belaustegui, a nutrition expert, “All chemical sweeteners that exist in the market have a rebound effect and can cause an increase in appetite and weight gain.” It would not be advisable to replace sugar with chemical sweeteners if What you want is to lose weight.
Types of artificial sweeteners
The most famous and the one that was believed to be the healthiest option to sugar is saccharin. It was the first non-caloric sweetener that was discovered in 1879 by chance. It is an extremely sweet tar derivative that does not provide calories, however, it does raise the glycemic index. This rise in blood glucose is what triggers the production of insulin and all excess blood sugar is stored by the body as fat, that is, fattening, hence the rebound effect attributed to chemical sweeteners.
Saccharin, Belaustegui explains, is no longer authorized in some countries after observing in laboratory studies that large amounts of saccharin can cause bladder cancer.
Cyclamate dates from 1937 and is usually mixed with saccharin to enhance the sweetening effect by eliminating its bitterness. We can find sodium, potassium and cyclamic acid cyclamate. It is also prohibited in some countries, says the expert, for its carcinogenic effects.
On the other hand are polyols. Maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol, polydextrose … you have surely heard these names and read labels on products such as chewing gum, candy, toothpaste … They are industrially produced sugars usually derived from corn starch that leaves a feeling of freshness in the mouth. In large quantities can cause diarrhea, flatulence and stomach upset.
Aspartame is the most commonly used artificial sweetener in light products, having the same problem of rebound effect as the previous ones causing more appetite and weight gain explains Belaustegui. But it is not only harmful for this reason, but aspartame also contains an amino acid called phenylalanine that is very toxic to the nervous system and is very dangerous for people who do not metabolize this amino acid well (phenylketonurics) Among other symptoms it can cause headaches, arrhythmias, anxiety or tachycardia
Natural sugar substitutes
Quiet, there are healthy sugar options and you don’t have to give up the sweet for life. It is also true that the important thing is the bulk of the diet, making an exception from time to time should not have any problems. The dose makes the poison.
If you want to naturally sweeten your dishes and desserts, choose to use honey, panela, stevia, agave syrup … and even better, you can take advantage of the sweetness of some foods to sweeten your recipes. Cinnamon, banana or dates are fabulous ingredients that sweeten in a very healthy way and give a very rich touch to your dishes.