The word “artificial” should be enough to keep you from putting it into your mouth, but just in case it isn’t, here are some facts about artificial sweeteners that you might want to consider:
Aspartame (NutraSweet) releases methanol, which is converted to formaldehyde (embalming fluid) in the body. Both of these toxic chemicals can cause blindness, eye damage, or neurological damage. Some of its side effects are vision problems, headaches, confusion, depression, dizziness, convulsions, nausea, diarrhea, migraines, abdominal pain, fatigue, chest tightness, and shortness of breath! In 2006 a bill to ban aspartame was introduced in New Mexico. A report posted on the National Institutes of Health website in November 2005 stated that aspartame was proven to cause six kinds of cancer, based upon an oncology study done by The Ramazzini Foundation.
Sucralose (Splenda) is made by turning sugar into a chlorocarbon. Animal studies have revealed many adverse side effects, including shrunken thymus glands (these glands help fight against cancer and infections), enlarged liver and kidneys, problems with pregnancies, and reduced growth rate. Using sucralose may cause bloating, abdominal pain, gas, nausea, blurry vision, diarrhea, headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, frequent need to urinate at night, depression, overwhelming anxiety, joint pain, dizziness, or brain “fog”.
Are you a diet soda drinker? An eight-year study showed that the risk of becoming overweight by drinking one to two cans of non-diet soda per day is 32.8%. That percentage increases to 54.5% if those cans are diet soda! It’s not just about calories!
Many other artificial sweeteners exist, all with their own toxic contributions. The key point is that they are artificial, not “software” created for our bodies to process. Even if you don’t experience any of the above symptoms, remember that toxic effects are cumulative and can be silently at work to weaken our health. Symptoms may be subtle or suddenly become an unexpected disease–acute or chronic.
Sweeten with real-food sweeteners. In my opinion, evaporated cane sugar (in moderation) is a better choice than artificial sweeteners. Although, the more it has been refined and removed from its original whole-food state, the more toxic it becomes to your health! Look for Sucanat or Rapadura brands of granulated sugar (less processed), use pure maple syrup, raw honey, or whole-leaf stevia (check labels–often artificial sweeteners are added).
Read labels on all packaged and canned foods, including chewing gum and mints. You may need a magnifying glass, but you will become more aware of how many artificial sweeteners have been added. They help to keep the calorie and sugar count down, which most consumers are looking for when they read labels. The list of ingredients is the most important part of the label to read. As for soda, read the label before you drink, and really think about what you’re pouring into your body! One day it will tell you that it’s had enough!
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant
1 Cor. 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory.”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.