There has been a lot of talk recently about the negative health effects of artificial sweeteners. Whenever I have been asked my opinion of artificial sweeteners I have always said the same thing: Artificial sweeteners have not been around long enough for us to fully understand the long-term effects they may have on our health. They are indeed chemicals and definitely not what we are designed to consume.
There is one thing I know for sure and that is since the introduction of artificial sweeteners and diet products the population has become fatter, sicker and more medicated. It now seems the truth is finally emerging about artificial chemicals especially the controversial sweetener aspartame. Dr. Lendon Smith explains that aspartame breaks down in the system to the following:
1) phenylalanine (50%) which can be neurotoxic and in some susceptible people will cause seizures
2) aspartic acid (40%) which can cause brain damage in the developing brain
3) methanol (10%) which turns into formaldehyde embalming fluid an obvious toxin.
With this come the following symptoms associated with aspartame consumption…
Insomnia Numbness of Extremities
Mild to Suicidal Depression
Hyperactivity (child or adult)
Joint Pain Fatigue
PMS Menstrual Irregularities
Hmm I don’t know about you but alarm bells are ringing for me. Now not only do artificial sweeteners make you ill they actually make you fat. Let me explain…
When you consume sweeteners your tastes buds assume there is carbohydrate present, signals are then sent from the mouth to the brain saying that carbohydrate (sugar) is about to hit the stomach. In anticipation of this carbohydrate the body tells the pancreases to release insulin. What does all this mean? Your body is expecting carbohydrates due to the sweet taste of the sweetener, when the body does not receive carbohydrate or calories (as sweeteners are calories free) the body creates more sugar cravings in order to obtain the carbohydrates it assumed it was obtaining initially.
A study in the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience has shown conclusively that using artificial sweeteners not only does NOT prevent weight gain, instead induces a whole set of hormonal responses that actually make you gain weight.
Humans have become so cleaver, manipulating food to be fat free, sugar free, low calorie etc. With all this science we have managed to mess up the most basic equation. Its not simply about restricting calories its about the quality of the food. We need to stop restricting and start nourishing.
Nutrient dense whole foods + the right portions + exercise = ideal body composition.
If you give the body the nutrients it needs the body will respond. Give up the diet products, eat real food and feel the difference.
The Health Whisperer xx