Large doses of sugar can lead to weight gain and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease, candida infection. It is also associated with a shorter life span.The food industry promotes artificial sweeteners as if they are safe, BUT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ARE DANGEROUS WITH MANY SIDE EFFECTS. The dangers are very real. They are in a variety of diet foods. Often they are under a variety of names which make it hard to identify. Splenda also goes by Sucralose. Nutrasweet goes by Aspartame, Equal, the little blue packet, Spoonful and Equal-Measure. As bad as sugar is for you, I would rather use regular sugar than put these toxic substances in my body.
As a replacement to artificial sweeteners I recommend Stevia which is all natural, has zero calories and zero glycemic index! This is ideal for anyone wanting to lose weight or maintain their health. The Japanese have been using it in their diet drinks for years.
I am now carrying Wisdom Natural Brands Liquid SweetLeaf Stevia products. They are bursting with flavor and are calorie free. I have Chocolate Raspberry, English Toffee, Vanilla Creme, Hazlenut, Rootbeer, Berry, Lemon, Valencia Orange, Grape, Apricot and the 4-pack. Lemon and berry are great for hot or ice tea, English Toffee, Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla Creme and Hazlenut are great for coffees, baked goods, dessert teas and cocoas. They all make wonderful sweetening for smoothies and protein drinks. You can use them in Seltzer for healthy diet soda. NEW FLAVORS COMING SOON!!! Watermelon, Coconut and Cola.
Xylitol is also an acceptable alternative. It is used in natural dental products because it is beneficial for the teeth. It is classified as a sugar alcohol. It is not metabolized (broken down and used for energy) and so there are no calories. It does get broken down by bacteria in our gut so too much can lead to belly discomfort.
One of the newest sweeteners on the market is Erythritol. Like Xylitol, it is a sugar alcohol. It is not digested by the bacteria in the gut like xylitol and is therefore easier on the intestinal tract. It is often blended with stevia. Erythritol tastes similar to sugar and many people prefer it over stevia because stevia can be a little bitter.
I use them in coffee, tea, hot cacao, smoothies, baked goods, mineral water, flavored water, desserts, cereal, oatmeal.
Seven (7) out of Ten (10) American women consume sucralose daily
The artificial sweetner Sucralose (aka Splenda and the little yellow packet) is made by binding three chlorine atoms to a molecule of sugar. The problem: chlorine reacts with organic material to create chlorination by-products (CBPs) that can trigger chronic symptoms like fatigue, headaches and brain fog, as well as reproductive and immune problems."
The factories are destroying the environment where the sweetener is processed.
"Sucralose is found in neraly 4,000 food, beverage and health-care products, including diet drinks, ice cream, protein bars, vitamins and toothpaste." It is also found in gum, over-the-counter drugs, and salad dressings.
Consumer us of Sucralose has grown annually by 10%.
70% of those who consume Sucralose (Splenda) will have sensitivity to it and develop symptoms.
Splenda also contains Dextrose and Maltodextrin, which should be avoided by anyone with allergies to wheat or corn.
If one is experiencing symptoms from consuming Sucralose (Splenda) the solution is to stop taking it and to "Flush Your System" as follows:
"Supplementing [daily for 2 months] with 600 mg of the amino acid N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) boosts the body's production of glutathione, according to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. This antioxidant (glutathione) flushed CBPs from the body."
It takes a minumum of 2 weeks of elimination of Splenda from the diet to see improvement from sensitivity. These symptoms include:
Fatigue Brain Fog Nausea Joint and Body Pain
Cramps/Bloating/gas Diarrhea Headaches Dizziness
Mood Swings Depression Confusion Heavy Feeling Legs
Migraines Heart Palpitations/Anxiety/Panic Attacks
Shortness of Breath Spaced Out/Drugged Feeling Pain in Eyes
Blurred Vision Swollen Tongue, Lips or Face
Redness of Welt on Face Mouth Sores Muscle Weakness
Numbness or Tingling in Lips, Tongue or Mouth
Numbness or Tingling in Hands or Fingers
FIRST, "A Magazine For Women On The Go." "Tired All the Time?" June 26, 2006, pp 25-26
Splenda: Is it Safe or Not? By Janet Starr Hull, Ph.D., Pickle Press, 2005
Dr. Diana's note:
This is a chemical which is not natural and is not recognized or processed by the body. It is similar in that way to trans fatty acids and both build up in the body. I recommend detoxing if you have made regular ingestion of artificial sweeteners a habit.
Many of these symptoms are sign of anaphylactic shock which is very serious and I have seen this first hand. I have also read somewhere that Splenda is linked with long term kidney malfunction.
There are different names for this product: The little blue packet, Equal, NutraSweet, Spoonful and Equal-Measure.
It was discovered accidentally in 1965 by James Schlatter, a G.D. Searle Company chemist, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.
Aspartame is responsible for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Seizures and Death account for many of these very serious reactions. 90 different symptoms have been documented in reports as being caused by aspartame. Some are as follows: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. The researchers and physicians who study the side effects of aspartame, chronic illnesses can be made worse or triggered with aspartame consumption. These include: fibromyalgia, diabetes, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, and birth defects.
Aspartame is comprised of three chemicals: phenylalanine (50%), Aspartic acid (40%), and methanol (10%). Each have negative effects on the body. When it is broken down DKP is created.
Phenylalanine is also an amino acid normally found in the brain. Some people have a genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) and cannot metabolize phenylalanine. If it can't be broken down, the levels raise. High levels of phenylalanine in the brain (sometimes lethal). It has been shown that ingesting aspartame, especially along with carbohydrates, can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in the brain even in persons who do not have PKU.Excessive levels of phenylalanine in the brain can cause a decrease in the brain levels of seratonin, leading to emotional disorders such as depression. Excess build up of phenylalanine in the brain can also lead to seizures and schizophrenia.
Aspartic acid is an amino acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins) it significantly raises the blood plasma level of aspartate which leads to a high level of aspartate (neurotransmitter) in certain areas of the brain. Too much aspartate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcim into the cells. This influx of calcium triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, killing the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate is why it is referred to as an"excitotoxin." It "excites" or stimulates the neural cells to death. As a side note, MSG contains glutamate which has the same effect.
Methanol (wood alcohol) is a poison that can result in blindness and death. Methanol is released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounter the enzyme chymotrypsin. The absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free methanol is ingested. When aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or is heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (i.e., as part of a "food" product like gelatin) it creates free methanol. Methanol also breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a byproduct of methanol when it is broken down inside the body. It is a deadly neurotoxin.
DKP has been implicated as a cause of brain tumors, uterine polyps and blood cholesterol changes.
Experts believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar leads to dull and wrinkled skin..
When you consume sugar a process called glycation occurs. This is when the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or AGEs for short).
More sugar eaten, more AGEs are created. "As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion," explains Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in Miami and New York City and author of "10 Minutes 10 Years." Most vulnerable to damage: collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic.
Collagen is the most common protein in the body. Healthy collagen is springy and resilient, but once damaged, the elastin become dry and the collagen becomes brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Age 35 is when these again effects begin and it increases rapidly after that, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
A high-sugar diet also affects what type of collagen you have — another factor in how resistant skin is to wrinkling, says Brandt. The most abundant collagens in the skin are types I, II, and III, with type III being the most stable and longest lasting. Glycation transforms type III collagen into the more fragile type I."When that happens, the skin looks and feels less supple," says Brandt. In addition, AGEs deactivate your body's natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving you more vulnerable to sun damage.
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