The Dangers Of Sugar Substitutes
Zero calorie products containing artificial sweeteners like Aspartame are advertised as supporting health and weight loss. But recently published results of scientific studies show that consumers are exposed to a high cancer risk.
As a nutritionist I cant stop wondering whats wrong with our natural food. Why do sugar substitutes and artificially created ingredients receive such an enormous attention? Can the label zero calories automatically indicate that the product is good for your health?
Well, I dont blame the consumers, although nowadays it is easy to obtain information on the internet and one has got no excuse. The reason why Im writing this article is the misinformation I come across almost daily in newspapers, magazines and other media. Food and beverages containing artificial sweeteners are advertised as being beneficial for health. I regard this as a deception per se. It means the industry tries to manipulate you into believing that it is concerned about your health. Lets zoom in on an artificial sweetener called Aspartame for example. There is a long list of products with this name on their ingredients label. What is Aspartame? Does our body know how to metabolize it? Our body is programmed to deal with natural molecule structures and does not know how to process artificial ones.
Aspartame contains Methanol. Methanol is known to be a dangerous neurotoxin, can cause cancer and other severe health risks. Aspartame is created by using Methanol to fuse together two amino acids. In our body Methanol breaks down into Formic Acid and Formaldehyde.
Long term studies on rats by an Italian Cancer Institute, the Ramazzini Foundation, found increases in Lymphomas, Leukemias and Breast Cancer. The rats were given 20 mg of Aspartame per kilogram of body weight. One can compare this to a 50 pound child that consumes two and a half cans of diet soda. This doesnt sound alarming as currently the acceptable daily intake is set at 50 mg/kg of body weight. But there are hundreds of other products which contain Aspartame and are likely to be consumed by kids and adults alike. It all adds up. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) downgraded the rating of Aspartame to everyone should avoid. Experts are calling on the FDA to review the Aspartame Cancer risk. Remember, this is a multi billion dollar industry and the pressure on the authorities to turn a blind eye to this issue is high. Ultimately you are responsible for your health, so just stop consuming products containing artificial sweeteners as a precaution.
If you have got a sweet tooth like I do, use brown sugar or honey in a moderate amount as a sweetener. It is a natural substance, tastes lovely and does not do you any harm. And do you know that pure water as a replacement of diet sodas is most beneficial to your health by hydrating your body and flushing out toxins? Im sure you do! Then I need to say no more.
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Rudy Tiefnig has been educating people in Nutrition for many years. To read this or other articles please visit Aspartame, Diet Sodas, Weight Loss