Artificial Sweeteners – The Only Thing You Won’t Lose Is Weight

Artificial sweeteners are not the solution to good health that many people think they are. Below we’ll talk about what they are and why you should consider natural alternatives.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last five years, you have likely heard about the controversy of artificial sweeteners.  Unfortunately, most people are so over-stimulated with the latest health news that the debate about these dangerous additives has gone unnoticed.   The majority of today’s population is still under the spell of “Diet is better for you. Diet means it is healthier.”  Things couldn’t be further from the truth.  All diet drinks, no sugar added, low fat, nonfat, low calorie junk is inundated with artificial sweeteners, more namely aspartame.

Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, have been controversial for years.The original research for aspartame to be approved by the FDA was later found to be flawed with many errors in it, but it was ignored.  Did you know that aspartame is made up of fifty percent phenylalanine, forty percent aspartic acid, and ten percent methanol (wood alcohol)?

Do you know how these substances react when you put them in your body?  Phenylalanine and aspartic acid are amino acids that are found in the body at specific ratio.  By ingesting artificial sweeteners, this ratio is thrown off and dangerous side effects incur.  The increased ratio of these amino acids causes over-firing of neurons in the brain leading to excito-toxicity.   Many experts have linked this sweetener to numerous cancers, nerve damage, and seizures.

Sucralose, which is marketed as being derived from sugar, has components of the compound that are known toxins, yet it is deemed safe.  It, too, has been linked to health problems that include nervous system disorders, migraines, cancer, and immune system dysfunction.  Both were also linked to a 30% reduction in kidney function over a decade by an American Society of Nephrology study in recent years.[1. http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20091102/diet-sodas-hard-on-the-kidneys]