The Real Problem With Artificial Sweeteners
The vast majority of packaged "food products" you'll find on your super market shelf today are laden with processed sugar, preservatives, fillers and other additives.
Not surprisingly, this has lead to an obesity crises, causing people to become misguided about WHY they're gaining weight.
Unfortunately, in the quest to limit weight gain, the misguided masses fall into the trap of turning to 'low cal' and 'zero cal' artificial sweeteners, which in turn leads to a host of other health problems.
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are synthetic, chemically derived products that have no place in your body and should be avoided at all costs.
The bottom line is, you should be more concerned about “counting chemicals” instead of “counting calories”, especially when you consider the insidious nature of artificial sweeteners makes them just as serious a threat to your health.
What Are Artificial Sweeteners?
These chemical substances are low-calorie substitutes for sugar, used to sweeten food and beverages.
Along with providing no energy for the body to use as fuel, they are also “non-nutritive”, meaning that they're completely devoid of any nutritional value or healing properties which are found in natural, electrically-charged whole foods.
The chemical sweeteners often added to a variety of common packaged foods ranging from soft drinks and desserts to even wheat products and yoghurt. Often, they’re also lurking in toothpaste, mouthwashes, chewing gum, vitamin supplements and OTC cough syrups too!
Many people have turned to using artificial sweeteners as a result of learning about the addictive nature and health dangers of consuming too much processed and refined sugars. Learn more in The Truth About Sugar
However, artificial sweeteners carry their own risks and can be just as (if not even more) damaging to your body…
Types Of Artificial Sweeteners
There are literally hundreds of brand names associated with artificial sweeteners around the world, however the vast majority usually variations of one of these most common forms, each of which possesses its own particular characteristics that can make it harmful:
- Acesulfame Potassium - weakens immunity
- Aspartame - neurotoxic
- Neotame - 13,000 times sweeter than sugar
- Saccharin - a reported allergen for some people
- Sorbitol - associated with gastrointestinal distress
- Sucralose - unbalances gut microflora
- Xylitol - ferments in gut & promotes growth of “bad” bacteria
Side Effects & Health Risks
Like most “manufactured” chemicals and substances, artificial sweeteners are either toxic or metabolise into harmful compounds that can have unintended, negative consequences and wreak havoc on your health...
Weight Gain & Sugar Cravings
Recent studies have indicated that instead of helping people to lose weight artificial sweeteners, in fact, are more likely to contribute to those who consume them regularly more prone to weight gain, obesity and associated heart disease.
It’s believed that one of the reasons why this happens is that artificial sweeteners can trick the body into associating their sweetness with the consumption of calories. However, the body is left starved of energy and nutrition, consequently, sweet food cravings can take hold leading to a vicious cycle of food addiction and overeating.
Resulting from a combination of factors relating to physiological disturbances, diabetes is not always a “sugar problem”.
The deceptive sweet messages received by your brain when artificial sweeteners hit your tongue can cause chaos with your blood sugar balance causing high levels of glucose in your blood which can then lead to Type II Diabetes developing over time.
Learn more in So You Can’t Heal Diabetes?
Due to their non-natural composition, your body doesn’t assimilate artificial sweeteners well and may have issues “breaking them down”. As a consequence, this may trigger an immune response leading to inflammation in the digestive tract. After prolonged consumption, this inflammation may become systemic increasing the risk of other associated dis-eases and health issues.
Learn more in What Is Inflammation & How To Reduce It In Your Body
Although a definitive link has not been "proven", evidence suggests the toxins associated with artificial sweeteners can contribute to the body’s overall “toxic load” if taken regularly in high-enough quantities. In conjunction to a build up of cancer-causing chemicals, environmental toxins and synthetic skincare products this may lead to a greater risk of cancer.
Learn more in 5 Signs You Need To Do A Detox Cleanse & Where To Start
Thankfully there are a number of non-toxic natural alternatives that you can use instead of harmful artificial sweeteners or processed sugar to sweeten up your beverages or food. Not only are these totally safe, but they also offer your body nutritive energy. These include:
- Raw Honey
- Maple Syrup
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Organic Green Stevia
- Sugar Cane Juice
An even better solution is to skip the processed garbage altogether and fill your diet with whole foods in the form of vegetables, nuts and naturally sweet fruits.
Learn more in What Are Whole Foods? 7 Benefits Of A Whole Food Diet
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