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Reasons to Avoid Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

Reasons to Avoid Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

Do you eat white sugar?

I don’t and here’s why:

1. Sugar makes you FAT.
2. Sugar makes you NERVOUS.
3. Sugar depresses your immune system.
4. Sugar cause WRINKLES.
5. Sugar rots your teeth.

People seem to ignore these facts.  Right now for example, there are more overweight people in the world than hungry people — more than one billion, according to the World Health Organization.

So why do we eat the darn stuff and what are the options?
Most of us enjoy sweets.  It is natural to enjoy the sweet taste in naturally sweet foods like fruits, which are also good for us.  (Learn more about eating carbs at Smart Carbs- Dumb Carbs and try out a sugar free recipe like Sugar Free Apple Sauce.)

The problem is that most people do not limit their sweet foods to fruit or grains.  Too often it is a different sugar fix that many resort to.

Are You Dying to be Thin?

In 1878, someone at Johns Hopkins had a bright idea to develop a calorie-free sweetener called saccharin.   Almost 100 years later, a warning label was finally required on all foods using saccharin:

“Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”

That was the first artificial sweetener. Because it is big business though, there are now many artificial sweeteners on the market.

Five most common artificial sweeteners:

  • Saccharin – (aka Sweet’N Low,  Sugar Twin)  is calorie-free because the body cannot break it down. It was found to increase bladder cancer in diabetics who used saccharin for years.
  • Aspartame(aka Equal, Nutrasweet)   is one of the more common artificial sweeteners today. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption (a few examples: hearing impairment, epileptic seizures, migraines, irritability, insomnia, shortness of breath, loss of hair and increased craving for sweets).  It also worsens or mimics conditions such as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
  • Sucralose (aka Splenda) is a chlorinated artificial sweetener. There have been no long-term human studies on the safety of Splenda; however, issues have been raised about Splenda in a new study from Duke University showing that it will literally destroy all good bacteria in your gut, while increasing acidity which stimulates the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast. Research has shown it to cause shrunken thymus glands, enlarged liver and kidneys, reduced growth rate, decreased red blood cell count and diarrhea.
  • Neotame has a similar structure to aspartame and appears to be even more toxic than aspartame. According to Dr. Janet Starr Hull, “It’s Just Aspartame Without the Warning.”
  • Acesulfame-K – (aka  Sunette, Sweet One, Sweet n Safe) is an unsafe chemical.  There has been very little research done but studies have shown that it can produce lung and breast tumors, leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in rats.

Artificial sweeteners can also cause weight gain!

Yes it is true! Researchers at Purdue University found that an artificial sweetener makes your body less able to regulate energy. This explains why, when you are eating so little and exercising so much, you find you are STILL gaining weight.

Also, the body doesn’t recognize chemical sweeteners as food;  it leaves the body feeling unfilled and seeking nourishment, thus increasing your craving for food. The main reason people consume these is to lose weight. Now do you really want to be consuming artificial sweeteners?  I certainly do not! Since these artificial sweeteners came on the market, we have been seeing eating disorders on the rise among younger people.

Because of very clever advertising, we are to believe we can eat sugar-free foods without penalty. On the other side of this there is a fear that eating REAL food will cause weight gain.

Here is a great video: Are Equal (Nutrasweet) and Splenda BOTH Bad For You??

The body was designed to eat whole food, real food, not chemicals.

If you care about your health, my advice is to stay away from artificial sweeteners.

Here are more delicious sugarless recipes:

Wishing you increasing health!

Learn How to Cook and Bake With Healthy Sugars:

I am so passionate about getting off unhealthy sugar that I offer Healthy Online Trainings where you get focused support in eating perfectly balanced healthy meals.  These include sugar and gluten free baking and even a Healthy Chocolate Project!

These  includes shopping lists, menus, video training, plus personal and group support.   Sometimes just knowing what to do is not enough. A person has to feel  confident enough to do it easily.

Related:
5 Dangers of Excess Sugar
Is Sugar Toxic?
7 Tricks to Tame Your Sweet Tooth

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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2:53PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Definitely people's responses are all over the map. I've been quite a Splenda person for a while now. Between this article and the video, I feel I need to get back to natural food. Too many people and corporations are not looking out for us...they're looking for that dollar...so I won't say that these artificial sweeteners are okay for us just because I don't have scientific proof to the contrary. Something is happening to people, and I think diet plays a key role. Rather than worry about who is lying to us and who is telling the truth, I'll just make adjustments to what I eat...going natural...and see how that affects ME.

8:07PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

w/o a doubt, artificial sweeteners are BAD for you... anything refined is bad for you too... organic is the way to go... and keep it in moderation... BUT I have to disagree w/ your 5 points!!! cause I know w/ my 33 yrs of living, I have consumed a lot of sugars and I'm none of them... so I'm in agreement w/ Renee R. :)

6:43AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

1. Sugar makes you FAT. ~ Nope ... unless you eat sugar with pastry. Pure sugar does not make you fat. I am proof of that.

2. Sugar makes you NERVOUS. ~ Quite the contrary, it gives you an instant boost of energy, but it goes away as fast as it comes.

3. Sugar depresses your immune system. ~ Sugar is Soul-food and makes you happy (I should know, I eat a lot of sweets without the weight gain.

4. Sugar cause WRINKLES. ~ LOL ... I should be full of wrinkles by now, but people think I am 20 years younger than I am ;)

Sorry Diana Herrington, didn't mean to burst your bubble, but every time I hear people talk about the negative effects of sugar, I wonder why none of the things happened to me, the biggest sugar eater on the planet, lol. Perhaps it affects different people in different ways, and I am just the lucky one ... without wrinkles at seventy+

Thank you for bringing an awareness :)
5. Sugar rots your teeth. ~ Only if you don't brush them properly before you go to sleep.



6:24AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

I don't like sweet's at all! A glass of veggie juice is something I crave more than any sweet! Green star me if you agree...And I'll green Star you back...

6:42AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Great info, thanks Diana!~

7:09PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

thanks

11:06PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Good info.

4:28AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Noted with interest.

2:39AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Thanks. I'm wondering if there any good sugar substitutes out there, such as fructose or the like.

4:36PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Thanks, just don't like the taste of sugar in my foods.

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