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January 16, 2008

Is “Sugar Free” Really Better For You?


         With the new wave of obesity hitting America … is sugar free really the way to go?  Does replacing your sugar with alternative sources such as aspartame really keep you from gaining weight?  If you have done any research on celebrities….. you would know that most of them consider aspartame to be “evil.”  Here is some clear research to back that up!

According to “The Douglass Report “(Real Health News From Medicine’s Most Notorious Myth Busters)…….

“Aspartame is one of the most dangerous substances ever added to food. Not only has aspartame been proven to make you fatter, it’s been proven to cause some pretty serious diseases, not the least of which are cancer and neurological diseases.

And the proof is on file already. Aspartame has brought more complaints to the FDA than any other additive-ever. It’s responsible for a full 75 percent of the complaints the agency gets. From 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms, including death.

The food industry darling that’s sure to
increase your appetite, your waistline, and your medical bills

Sure, the marketing geniuses would have you think it’s health food, but the truth paints a very different picture. Over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.

Aside from these risks, now there’s even more proof that these toxins are MAKING US FAT! Some recent research conducted at Purdue University shows that a group of test subjects fed artificial sweeteners subsequently consumed THREE TIMES THE CALORIES of those given ordinary sugar.”

     OUCH …. I guess I’m going to have to ditch my occasional Diet Coke after reading this report.  Ok, so what about the infamous “Splenda” is that any better for your system?  It claims to come from sugar … so it should be health right???  WRONG …

“Products featuring Splenda are perceived as “natural” because even the FDA’s press release about sucralose parrots the claim that “it is made from sugar” — an assertion disputed by the Sugar Association, which is suing Splenda’s manufacturer, (McNeil Nutritionals).

The FDA has no definition for “natural,” so please bear with us for a biochemistry moment: Splenda is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation.It is true that the Splenda molecule is comprised of sucrose (sugar) — except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms. (To get a better picture of what this looks like, see this image of a sucralose molecule.)

While some industry experts claim the molecule is similar to table salt or sugar, other independent researchers say it has more in common with pesticides. That’s because the bondsholding the carbon and chlorine atoms together are more characteristic of a chlorocarbon than a salt — and most pesticides are chlorocarbons. The premise offered next is that just because something contains chlorine doesn’t guarantee that it’s toxic. And that is also true, but you and your family may prefer not to serve as test subjects for the latest post-market artificial sweetener experiment — however “unique.” (See our article on endocrine disruptors for more information on toxins and persistent organic pollutants.)

    WOW …. so if all of these products are poison then what do you eat if you don’t want to eat sugar (which can be just as bad for you in other ways).  The healthy alternative would be to use stevia.  Stevia is a “natural” sweetener which come from leaves of trees.  It is ground up into a white powder.  However if you buy the wrong kind it can taste bitter.  “Stevia Plus” seems to be the best brand that I have tried and never has the bitter after taste.  Stevia Plus can be found at most whole food stores. 

     Hopefully, this article will help people chose the right sweeteners for their diets.  Chances are, if it makes you have seizures, increases your weight, causes cancer, makes you have memory loss, and can put you into a coma… then maybe we shouldn’t be ingesting it! 

Adria Ali


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for warning me about the great danger of sugar and stevia. I always knew that Stevia and sugar are the main causes of cancer. Thanks for confirming that Aspartame and ACE-K & Sucralose are perfectly safe. I really like Coke Zero and Pepsi max so now I’ll avoid Stevia and Sugar at all cost.

    Comment by abc — June 3, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

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