The Yellow, Blue and Pink Packets Could Be Killing You!

By Dr. Aaron Sparks

It’s a myth that artificial sweeteners are healthier for you than sugar. Below, we discuss why you should consider opting for natural sweetener alternatives.

Artificial sweeteners can be found on nearly every restaurant table in America. Sales of Sweet N Low, Splenda, Equal, and many other artificial sweeteners have sky-rocketed in recent years.  Everywhere we look, the multi-colored sugar substitutes enter our food and drinks by the packet.  Most claim to be “natural” and “low calorie”.  As consumers attempt to make smart choices on how to sweeten their foods and drinks, the dangers of these chemical sugars continue to be uncovered.  The sweeteners have been been found to be linked to weight gain, detrimental to your digestive system, and damaging to your nerve system.

According to the Duke University study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, the artificial sweetener sucralose also known as Splenda, causes weight gain, interferes with beneficial bacteria in the gut important to the immune system, and blocks absorption of nutrients.The truth is Splenda, like other artificial sweeteners, is not natural. Splenda contains chlorine and no long term studies can prove its safety for consumption. The claim that sucralose is not absorbed by the body has  been proven to be false as well.

If you want to stay healthy, it is vital to steer clear of these deadly sugar substitute packets. Natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol derived from plants are a much safer alternative, they promote health, and can be found at most grocery stores.

The next time you go to reach for the yellow packet, pull back your hand, and make the right choice.  Protect you and your family by living the Maximized Living lifestyle. Protect yourself from these toxins, maintain a healthy nerve system, follow a nutritional plan, exercise, and keep learning.


1 Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues
2 Volume 71, Issue 21, 2008, Pages 1415 – 1429