Why you should AVOID Artificial Sweeteners

Quote: "Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments." -  Bethenny Frankel

What are artificial sweeteners?  They are substances used to replace sugar and sugar alcohols in foods.  The idea behind artificial sweeteners is to retain sweetness in the food without the calories that sugars contain.

Artificial Sweeteners

 

They have been marketed as a product to control weight, maintain low blood sugar levels and prevent tooth decay.

Common foods that contain Artificial Sweeteners

  • Diet soft drinks
  • Muesli and Candy Bars
  • Cakes
  • Chocolates
  • Popcorn
  • Chewing Gum
  • Yoghurt

Types of Artificial Sweeteners

While there are a lot of artificial sweeteners, we do not have enough room to list them all.  I will list the common ones that are listed in the ingredients of food items that are sold in supermarkets.  The reason for this is so you the consumer can become better informed on the foods you buy that can affect your health.

  • Aspartame also known as (Equal, NutraSweet)
  • Sucralose also known as (Splenda)
  • Stevia
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin also known as (Sugar Twin, Sweet’n’Low)
  • Acesulfame also known as (Sunett, Sweet One)

Effects of Artificial Sweeteners

 

Aspartame according to Lendon Smith, M.D. can cause headaches, weight gain, depression, itchy skin rashes as part of many other side effects.

Sucralose can cause diarrhoea, bloating, headaches, allergies such as acne, bleeding of the gums, weight gain and seizures.

Stevia can interfere in drug interactions, cause muscle pain, and give a false sense of fullness leading to problems in the future and dizziness.

Neotame due to it having very similar properties to Aspartame can have similar side effects such as weight gain and diabetes by increasing stimulation and release of hormones  insulin and leptin

Saccharin is made from Coal Tar can cause bladder cancer, headaches, dizziness and breathing problems.

Acesulfame contains a carcinogen called methylene chloride.  This can cause depression, mental confusion and nausea.

What to do

Read about the types of artificial sweeteners and their effects on your health.  Know how to read and understand food labels when you go to the supermarket.  Go back to eating sugar from natural foods such as fruit, honey and vegetables and control how much of those foods you eat.

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