Diedre and I have found that many of our clients who come into the clinic are under the impression that beverages containing artificial sweeteners are a better health choice then the regular brand. In fact, these items are in fact a worse option for you to choose – they have just been deceptively marketed as safe and even healthy!
Aspartame dangers you need to know
Aspartame goes by the brand names NutraSweet and Equal. It is one of the first generation of artificial sweeteners and is 180 times as sweet as sugar. There are over 6,000 products containing aspartame, sold in over 100 countries and consumed by over 250 million people worldwide.
Among the risks, having aspartame can lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches.
Also, the aspartic acid in aspartame is an excitotoxin, which cause particular brain cells to become overly excited, to the point where they will die quickly. These excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibres.
Why Splenda is not so splendid
In 1998, Splenda was approved by the FDA to be used as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, non-alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices, and gelatines. Surculose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.
A recent study has found that Splenda:
Reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50%, these bacteria are required for optimal gut health and support your overall general health
Increase the pH in your intestines
Affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications
Also, the study has found that Splenda is absorbed by fat.
Below are some of the common symptoms people may experience within 24 hours after consuming Splenda products:
Skin – Redness, itchy, rash, eruptions
Lungs – Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
Head – Headaches and migraines
Nose – Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
Eyes – Red (bloodshot), itchy or watery
Stomach – Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, diarrhoea
Heart – Palpitations or fluttering
Neurological – Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression
Artificial sweeteners can even make you gain weight
A lot of the time, people tend to opt for beverages containing artificial sweeteners over regular sugar not because they taste good, but because they contain zero calories.
However, these diet foods and beverages ruin your body’s ability to count calories, thus boosting your inclination to over-indulge. Despite the deceptive marketing campaign, research has shown that:
Drinking diet beverages may double your risk of obesity
Artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings as well as stimulate fat storage and weight gain.
So you may have thought that you were making a healthier choice by swapping out sugar for artificial sweeteners, your body however is craving sugar because you’re not giving it the proper fuel is needs. It may be hard to believe, but once you start eating right for your nutritional type, your sweet cravings will significantly lessen and may even disappear.
If you would like to discuss your options for dietary changes, or need assistance with weight loss, etc you can contact the staff of Naturally Dynamic Health on (02) 6021 0557.