I want to challenge you! To those who avoid artificial sweeteners already, I applaud you! Send this post on to friends and family so they know why they need to avoid it! For my friends and readers out there who still eat/drink products w/artificial sweeteners AND to those who add sugar to your food/drinks or eat/drink food w/added sugar, here is the challenge! Stop adding sugar to foods/drinks and avoid foods/beverages with added sugar....this goes for artificial sweeteners as well!!!! Several readers asked me if they could substitute regular or natural sweeteners (real sugar/honey) with an artificial sweetener! NOOOO, please do not do this. I want you to ween yourself off of this desire for sweet and super-sweet foods. For example...a strawberry-banana smoothie is sweet and refreshing and just as wonderful as is, adding spoonfulls of sugar will only negate the healthy aspect of your smoothie!
Okay so there are so many reasons why artificial sweeteners are absolutely horrible for you. In fact, I am going to dedicate my whole post to this topic!
But, in the meantime I must post an article that I read about artificial sweeteners and...weight gain? Yes, weight gain!! Which isn't news to me...but I'm sure is news to many of you! Here is the link:http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=4271246&page=1
OVERVIEW: I’m going to make this short and sweet… avoid artificial sweeteners!
Read the below facts that I have gathered from several different resources over the years! These are merely suggestions. There is an endless amount of information I have about this topic, I will try to fit in the most important facts below. Email me if you have questions.
Let me just start by saying, I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. What I write in my posts is simply information that I have gathered over the years from reading and researching several health related topics from credible resources as well as personal experiences. I urge you to consult with a physician before changing your diet, beginning the use of supplements, or starting a new exercise routine. The purpose of my posts is to share my experiences and fitness knowledge with everyone I possibly can to help others in their journey to improve their state of well-being.
You may think, “I can drink that diet soda because it is calorie free, right?”
Wrong! Artificial sweeteners are your roadblock to optimal health and I can’t stress this enough! Below I will go over the well-known artificial sweeteners and the harmful side effects they have on our bodies. I tried to be as brief as possible, but it was not easy because I wanted to make sure I got the point across. Please read this NOW!
Warning Sign #1: In the United States, sweeteners fall under the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list or as food additives under the 1958 Food Additives Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. I’m sorry, but “generally recognized as safe”? Come on…I’m not okay eating something that the government says is only “generally safe”. Come on government… “generally safe” always means that you won’t and can’t say you’re 100% sure that it is okay for us to ingest.
The five FDA-approved nonnutritive sweeteners are saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, and neotame.
Warning Sign #2: “The use of nonnutritive sweeteners began with the need for cost reduction and continued on with the need for calorie reduction.” Of course it is always about the money. Cost reduction should not have priority over our health, right?!
Saccharin: Sweet & Low, Sweet Twin, Sweet’N Low, Necta Sweet – 200 to 700 times sweeter than table sugar. Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is 5mg/kg of body weight, for example if you are 140 pounds (140/2.2=63, 63X5=315mg) your ADI is 315mg of saccharin.
- Warning Sign #3: “There was a great deal of controversy surrounding the safety of saccharin back in the '70s. In 1977, research showed bladder tumors in male rats with the ingestion of saccharin. The FDA proposed a ban on saccharin based on the Delaney Clause of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, enacted in 1958. This clause prohibits the addition to the human food supply of any chemical that had caused cancer in humans or animals. Congress intervened after public opposition to the ban and allowed saccharin to remain in the food supply as long as the label carried this warning: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals." Further research was required to confirm the tumor findings.”…. I don’t know about you but I’m not ingesting something that has the possibility of causing cancer…
- Okay, so saccharin was taken off the list as a potential carcinogen… “According to a report written by the Center for the Science in Public Interest (CSPI) in response to the National Toxicology Program (NTP) removing saccharin from the list of potential carcinogens: "It would be highly imprudent for the NTP to delist saccharin. Doing so would give the public a false sense of security, remove any incentive for further testing, and result in greater exposure to this probable carcinogen in tens of millions of people, including children (indeed, fetuses). If saccharin is even a weak carcinogen, this unnecessary additive would pose an intolerable risk to the public. Thus, we urge the NTP on the basis of currently available data to conclude that saccharin is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen," because there is "sufficient" evidence of carcinogenicity in animals (multiple sites in rats and mice) and "limited" or "sufficient" evidence of carcinogenicity in humans (bladder cancer) and not to delist saccharin, at least until a great deal of further research is conducted." Bet you weren’t expecting to read that….
- Warning Sign #4: Allergic reactions also occur – headaches, breathing difficulties, skin eruptions, and diarrhea. Guess what?! Saccharin can be found in some infant formulas, because it is not banned by the FDA…
Aspartame: Nutrasweet, Equal and Sugar Twin. The ADI for aspartame is higher, 50 mg/kg of body weight. So for a 140 pound woman, her ADI is about 3181 mg of aspartame. Aspartame is found in about 6,000 foods. Common foods such as diet soda, gelatin, yogurt, powder drinks, and cereals…
- Warning…“Conflicts of interest in the studies performed on aspartame and the way in which its approval was obtained is an ongoing controversy. Dr. Robert Walton surveyed the studies of aspartame in the peer-reviewed medical literature. He states that “of the 166 studies felt to have relevance for questions of human safety, 74 had Nutrasweet industry related funding and 92 were independently funded. One hundred percent of the industry-funded research attested to aspartame's safety, whereas 92% of the independently funded research identified a problem.”” Obviously, they’re trying to hide something!
- Warning…Here is a list of some complaints to the FDA about aspartame… “headache, dizziness, change in mood, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, change in vision, diarrhea, seizures/convulsions, memory loss, and fatigue. Also, links to aspartame are made for fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, tinnitus, joint pain, inexplicable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and various cancers…” Studies have been conducted to confirm some of the above complaints associated with ingestion of aspartame, such as headache, depression, cancer…
Sucralose: Splenda, ADI is 5mg/kg of body weight or about 315 mg if you are 140 pounds.
- Big Warning: Splenda was discovered while trying to create a new insecticide! The claim that it is made from sugar is a misconception about the final product… “sucralose is made when sugar is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, making it unlike anything found in nature”. The Splenda site even states that it is not natural. It does actually have calories but because it is 600 times sweeter than sugar, not much is needed. One cup of Splenda has 96 calories and 32 gram of carbs.
- “The name sucralose is another misleading factor. The suffix -ose is used to name sugars, not additives. Sucralose sounds very close to sucrose, table sugar, and can be confusing for consumers. A more accurate name for the structure of sucralose was purposed. The name would have been trichlorogalactosucrose, but the FDA did not believe that it was necessary to use this so sucralose was allowed.”
- “The presence of chlorine is thought to be the most dangerous component of sucralose. Chlorine is considered a carcinogen and has been used in poisonous gas, disinfectants, pesticides, and plastics. The digestion and absorption of sucralose is not clear due to a lack of long-term studies on humans. The majority of studies were done on animals for short lengths of time. The alleged symptoms associated with sucralose are gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains, palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes.” Also...i've heard of instances where people were getting symptoms of lupus....yikes!
- Last two are Acesulfame K & Neotame: Many people are unaware that these sweeteners are used in their foods. They are on food labels under the following: acesulfame K, acesulfame potassium, Ace-K, and sunett. Acesulfame K contains the carcinogen methylene chloride and has shown several negative side effects including cancer. Neotame is new on the market, it has a potency of 7,000 – 13,000 times that of table sugar…give it time and I’m sure studies will start showing that there is something terribly wrong with this artificial sweetener…studies that have been done do not address the long-term health effects of Neotame. I’m not willing to be the test study, are you?
Need I Say More…?
P.S.> Had to post the pic to left, although it has the m.f. bomb, it was perfect.
Health & Happiness, Nat!