Issue 208    October 31, 2016

5 Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid

Woe! The Sweet Season is upon us!!!  There is Holloween Candy, Thanksgiving Pies, Christmas Stockings, and New Year Parties.  If we are not careful, we will end up with an extra 10 pounds and a weakened immune system.  Dumpting the sugar, and choosing artificial sweetening is still not a good choice.  

Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that have been synthetically produced in a laboratory, or are sugars that have been highly processed. Here are 5 artificial sweeteners and food additives you need to avoid:

Acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K) . Acesulfame may increase risk for atherosclerosis because it causes abnormal functioning of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) which are necessary to maintain optimal cardiovascular health.  It is associated with increased risk of leukemia, thymus cancer, breast cancer, and chronic respiratory disease.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer and preservative.  Research has found that it is associated with chronic inflammation, liver damage, weight loss resistance, and chronic pain.  The Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine believes MSG increases the growth of cancer cells in the body and stimulates neurotoxicity. Its consumption is associated with symptoms of headaches, heart palpitations, brains lesions, and Parkinson’s disease. Non-industry supported research concludes that MSG acts like an excitotoxin slowly poisoning cells in the entire body.

Sucralose (Splenda®) is produced with three chlorine atoms in a highly processed series of reactions which results in damaged gut microflora. Gut dysbiosis leads to an array of problems and diseases including cardiovascular, autoimmune, neurological, psychiatric, and cancer.  It also causes inflammation in the kidneys and liver, and damages the thymus gland.

Aspartame is made up of phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%), and methanol (10%). The chemical aspartic acid functions as an excitotoxin, stimulating neurons and destroying nerve cells. Researchers have found that when cancer cells are subjected to aspartame, they directly increased in activity and mobility.

Sodium benzoate is added to food and beverages like energy drinks and soda and has been linked to ADHD, asthma, and other inflammatory disorders. When sodium benzoate is combined with ascorbic acid (common in soft drinks), the two form a highly carcinogenic compound − benzene, which is strongly linked to cancers including leukemia and lymphoma.

Good Alternatives
There are several good choices for sweetening.  Here are some of them.
  • Raw Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Date or Coconut sugar
  • Molasses
  • Rice Syrup
  • Stevia
By using natural sweetening, you will be getting nutrients with your treats.  Try not to drink too many sweet drinks as this adds up.  

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