We Should Know What We are Consuming.

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To lose weight it is a good idea to cut down your sugar consumption.  But using artificial sweeteners is not the best choice.  They can actually inhibit the results you are trying to achieve. So who are the main culprits?  Will the line up goes a little something like this.  The most common are aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, equal, nutrasweet, splenda, and neotame.  Since these sweeteners are approved for mass consumption.

Aspartame: Culprit #1

When discussing artificial sweeteners the most common one talked about is aspartame.  Aspartame was first approved by the FDA back in 1974.  According to Wikipedia, “It was first sold under the brand name Nutra Sweet; since 2009 it also has been sold under the brand name AminoSweet.”  So it not the new kid on the block.  Aspartame is marketed under names like Equal, Nutrasweet, Equal Measure, and Spoonful. What type of products can you find it in?   Just about everything on the market!  Here is a short list.  Juice drinks, maple syrups, meal replacements, no sugar added pies, non-carbonated diet soft drinks, gelatin, sugar free breath mints, carbonated Soft Drinks, cereals, chewing gum, flavored syrups for coffee, flavored water products, frozen ice cream novelties, fruit spreads, hard candies, ice cream toppings, ice creams, and many many more.

What Type of Products Can you Find it in?  

 If you do not read ingredient labels now is a good time to start to know what you are putting in your body. There are some that believe that aspartame has almost 100 different side effects on humans.   A few include but are not limited to:  headache, memory loss, seizures, change in vision, diarrhea, numbness, sleep problems, difficulty breathing, change in heart rate, and dizziness to name a few.  All of the listed symptoms and some not list where symptoms submitted to the FDA by The Department of Health And Human Services on April 20th, 1995. Neuroscientist Dr. John Olney found in 1971 that aspartic acid (one of the main ingredients of aspartame) caused holes in the brains of infant mice.  That is scary, scary, scary!  Most likely the same thing is happening to millions of humans that consume it on a daily basis.

 Sucralose: The New Kid on The Block

Sucralose has twice the shelf life as aspartame, that is one reason for its rise in artificial sweetener dominance.  Sucralose appears in is a large amount of consumer products just like its biggest rival aspartame. Here is a quote from the article, ”New Study of Splenda and Sucralose Reveals Shocking New Information About Potential Harmful Effect on Humans” that should raise a few eyebrows.  ”Among the results in the study by Drs. Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, Eman M. El-Masry, Ali A. Abdel-Rahman, Roger E. McLendon and Susan S. Schiffman is evidence that, in the animals studied, Splenda reduces the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50%, increases the pH level in the intestines, contributes to increases in body weight.”  The study was done by the aforementioned scientists at Duke University back in 2008.    Americans drink sucralose to lose weight and cut down on calories, from the Duke study it does the exact opposite.  Then why is it sold at your local grocery store?

What now?

If you consistently consume artificial sweeteners and are wondering what to do next,  don’t fret there are solutions for you.  First thing you should do is get all of the artificial sweeteners out of your house and stop consuming them.  Replace the diet drinks with water.  Start using natural sweeteners like agave, raw local honey, xylitol, or stevia.   When you go to the grocery store don’t forget to check the food labels.  Avoid foods that have “sugar free”,  ”low calorie” , and “diet.”  These foods should be avoided like the plague.

What to keep in mind about artificial sweeteners is long term effects not just short term effects.  If something we do will have detrimental effects on our health in the long run we need to adjust what we are doing to live a long and prosperous life.  Just because you don’t see any negative effects on your health right away does not mean you shouldn’t change your ways.

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