Artificially Sweet is Naturally Sick
What is the alternative then?
The alternative can be just as much a problem as the focal problem. While sugar has been proven it leads to diseased states, chemical alternatives such as Splenda and Nutra Sweet may prove to be just as dangerous, if not more.The alternative is the problem.
The FDA says #artificialsweeteners are safe. While I would personally like to feel warm and fuzzy when people tell me things are safe, asking questions is still important. We must think of the manner in which our bodies were designed. We have evolved over millions of years. Our bodies were designed and developed in a particular manner. We were designed to ingest what was found around us in nature such as organic fresh fruits and vegetables, free range meats, and wild grown whole grains. These are the basics. No where were our bodies designed to ingest, digest and process laboratory created chemicals. These chemicals only came into existence over the previous hundred years, far too soon for us to adapt and evolve to potentially integrate this into our systems.
-James Goetz (New Jersey)
Check it Twice
When you read the labels on the products you ingest (highly recommended), keeping an eye out for: saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose, neotame and advantame, will benefit you to avoid. These artificial sweeteners are 200 to 2,000 times sweeter than sugar. Newer research is indicating that artificial sweeteners, such as the ones previously mentioned, may stimulate appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions promoting white fat storage and unhealthy weight gain. These sweeteners disrupt your bodies natural microbial gut flora, which is responsible for 80% of your bodies immune system and many other essential and barely understood functions within the human body. If you notice any of the ingredients mentioned above on labels in your house, throw them out immediately!
The goal in giving your family the best chance to be healthy is about moderation and avoiding the ingestion of chemicals, especially ones you cannot pronounce the name of. If you need to use an artificial sweetener for some reason, take a look at xylitol (which has been proven to remove plaque and is considered heart healthy), coconut palm sugar crystals, and stevia. While raw organic local honey, organic grade B (or grade A) maple syrup and organic dates are all higher on the glycemic scale, they have positive attributes that when used in moderation, can be a healthy option for you.
Pick Your Poison
Which Sweetener Do You Use?
Just a Spoon Full of Sugar....
There are numerous epidemilogical as well as controlled trials proving sugar causes a rise in triglycerides, decreased HDL, increased LDL (cholesterols), and increased homocystine levels, which are all markets of heart disease. Increased sugar intake has also been associated with cancer, arthridities such as rhumetoid, stroke, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome- x; to name a few.
When in Doubt
Obviously speak with your physician who is hopefully well educated and up to date with the most evidence based nutritional standards today.