The Connection between Artificial Sweeteners, Blood Sugar, and Weight Loss

If you are using artificial sweeteners as a way to help control your weight or blood sugar, think again!

An Israeli study in 2014 found that artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose) raised blood sugar levels in mice.  They followed up with research on approximately 400 non-diabetic individuals and found that consumption of artificial sweeteners increased their blood sugar levels similar to those found in the mice.

Artificial sweeteners also alter gut bacteria, which is an important part of blood sugar regulation.

It is well documented that chronic high blood sugar levels can lead to obesity.

A recent study of more than 3,000 pregnant women and their infants found that mothers who consumed more beverages containing artificial sweeteners were twice as likely to have children who were overweight than those who used less.  (Research led by Meghan Azad, assistant professor of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba.)

If that’s not enough to make you cautious about your intake of artificial sweeteners, here’s a few more thoughts:

A 2015 press release pointed out that the Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends that consumers avoid aspartame (NutraSweet is a brand name) and has urged food manufacturers not to use it.  CSPI based their recommendations on studies that link cancer, including brain tumors, to the consumptiontion of aspartame.

A study at the University of Iowa of almost 60,000 women found that, on average, those who consumed at least two or more diet sodas per day had a higher body mass index, as well as higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure.  All of these conditions can contribute to heart disease.

A 2014 study at the University of North Dakota found a connection to neurological heath.  Those participants who maintained a short-term high-aspertame diet were more depressed and irritable. They also performed worse on spatial orientation tests.

The Journal of Applied Nutrition (1988) reported the results of a survey by the late Dr. H. J. Roberts, a diabetes specialist that analyzed the reactions of 551 individuals to NutraSweet (aspartame) consumption.  He found the most common reactions were headaches, dizziness, memory loss, confusion, vision problems, depression, irritability, and anxiety attacks.

Dr. Roberts wrote a book, Aspartame Disease:  An Ignored Epidemic (published in 2001), in which he documents a more detailed account of the above reactions, along with less common reactions, like low blood sugar, bloating, skin problems, restless leg syndrome, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, thinning hair, blindness, burning urination, and joint pain.

Read the ingredients on all foods, beverages, gum, vitamins (especially children’s), and even over-the-counter drugs.  Aspartame alone is in an estimated 6,000 diet and sugar-free products!

If a label says it contains “phenylalanine,” aspartame is one of the ingredients.

Avoid saccharin, Sweet ‘n Low, sucralose, Splenda, aspartame, NutraSweet, and other artificial sweeteners.  You are not made of artificial ingredients, so they have no place in your body!

For a more complete list of artificial sweeteners, visit this link:

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, 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.


Have a cup of tea for your health!

After water, tea is the world’s most popular drink!  The following list of impressive information makes me want to have a cup of tea!

Tea contains flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that help protect the cells in our bodies against damage.  Laboratory research shows that these flavonoids are more potent than vitamins C and E!  Tea contains five times as many flavonoids as red onions!  One cup of brewed black tea contains about 268 milligrams of flavonoids, and a cup of brewed green tea has about 316 milligrams.  Decaffeinated tea contains only about half those amounts.


After steeping three to five minutes, squeeze the tea bag to release more of the flavonoids.  Add fresh lemon juice for additional antioxidants.

Drink some tea before you exercise in the morning.  The flavonoids will enter your bloodstream within about 30 minutes and help protect you against free radicals produced during exercise.


Laboratory studies consistently show that tea inhibits the formation and growth of tumors.

People with the highest intake of flavonoids seem to have the lowest risk for developing dementia.

Tea consumption is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.  One study found that deaths from coronary artery disease were reduced by 40% among males who drank one or more cups of tea daily.  A Harvard study showed a 44% lower risk of heart attack in people who drank at least one cup of tea a day.

Tea may help increase your metabolism.

One study found that tea may reduce cavity formation by up to 75%, due to its natural fluoride content (not the toxic kind).  Tea also inhibits bacteria from adhering to tooth surfaces.

The Nurses’ Health Study found that the risk of developing kidney stones decreased by 8% for every cup of tea consumed.

Studies have found that habitual tea consumption improved bone mineral density.  This seems to be due to the phytoestrogenic activity of the flavonoids.

Tea has anti-allergenic properties.


Drink tea earlier in the day to make sure that the caffeine doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

Green tea has less caffeine than black tea, and both have less caffeine than coffee.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, reduce the brewing time to only one minute, and do not squeeze the tea bag.

Buy organic teas so you won’t consume pesticides.

Instant tea has less health benefits than brewed tea.

Drink warm or iced tea soon after brewing, before its flavonoids begin to deteriorate.

Avoid drinking tea that is too hot, as there is some evidence that throat cancer may be linked to consuming extremely hot beverages and foods.

Avoid using refined sugars and artificial sweeteners to sweeten tea.  These contribute to inflammation and work against its health benefits.

When I worked at a health food store several years ago, I learned this recipe from a customer.  Many whom I’ve recommended it to have had good results.

Green Tea Sinus Remedy:

To make one cup:  Pour boiling water over one organic green tea bag (or 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf dried green tea) and 1 teaspoon of raw local honey; steep 3 to 5 minutes; squeeze tea bag with back of spoon to release more flavonoids; stir in a dash or two of cayenne pepper. Drink warm.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant

1 Corinthians 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, treat, cure, 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.






Chemicals in Foods Linked to Disease

Almost all non-organically grown food has been laced with chemicals.  This may have a great impact on your health as you silently ingest these poisons.  Think of drinking a little poison each day, slowly weakening and destroying your health!  This is in addition to any artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or food dyes that may be in your foods and beverages.  The cumulative effects can lead to chronic, degenerative diseases.

Here are some facts worth considering:  exposure to pesticides has been shown to change areas of the brain involved in multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease.  In a study of 143,000 people, those exposed to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease.  Farmers who have been exposed to pesticides have increased incidence of leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other cancers.

How do these chemicals get into your body?  When you eat the plants that have been treated with these chemicals, you eat the chemicals.   When animals eat feed that has been contaminated with pesticides, whatever is not detoxified by the animal is deposited into its fatty tissues.  When you eat this meat, these toxins are deposited into your fatty tissues, including your brain!

Processed foods contain a myriad of toxic chemical additives that are made from things like petroleum or coal tar.  Chloride oxide, also known as chlorine dioxide, is one of the most toxic bleaching agents used, and has been banned in Germany since 1958 from its use in flour.  Because the protective bran and germ are removed from processed white bread, this bleaching agent forms a substance that may trigger destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas, possibly leading to type 2 diabetes.

Eat organic when possible!  Avoid processed foods.  Real whole food with its fiber, minerals, and antioxidant power intact (organic or not) helps to combat these dangerous chemicals before they can do their damage.  Eat grass-fed beef and dairy products that have not been given hormones and antibiotics.  Eat wild-caught fish instead of farm-raised.  Eat lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for their protective benefits!  Consider starting a spring garden, or grow some herbs on your windowsill!  Drink lots of steam-distilled or reverse osmosis water to dilute and flush toxins.  Replace sodas with organic herbal teas.  Buy organic coffee and tea, as these may be heavily sprayed with chemicals, which are released when hot water is added during brewing!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

1 Cor. 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for God’s glory.”


Read Your Labels–Artificial Sweeteners are not for Real People!

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.