The research links
and related articles referenced in this newsletter should serve as
"proof in the pudding." You should not be surprised with the recent
media coverage on artificial sweeteners. The negative effects have been known
for years but have been largely ignored by the medical community. It took
several studies about weight gain for the public to take notice.
How artificial sweeteners increase weight gain is very simple to understand.
They are toxic chemicals. When the human body gets overloaded from an amount
of chemicals that it cannot possibly detoxify, the brain sends messages to
create something to encapsulate the chemicals. That something is called a fat
cell. The more chemicals we ingest, the more fatty cells/tissue are created.
Aspartame, in particular, causes an excitatory response in the brain,
according to nuerosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD. It erroneously gives the
brain a false message that the body has eaten too much protein, thus causing
a carbohydrate craving.
Aside from the weight gain and cravings, artificial sweeteners create a host
of much more serious side effects.
I have had so many cases of toxic reactions to artificial sweeteners over my
22 years of nutritional counseling that I could write a book. The following
three examples are the most dramatic.
19 year-old female diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Had to drop
out of college due to severe debilitation. Before MS diagnosis, had been on
six month weight-loss, fat-free diet with 4-6 diet cokes and 2-3 packets of
Crystal Light daily. Her meals consisted of salads with fat-free dressing and
egg white/turkey or chicken breast. We took her off of all diet drinks, added
fruits/vegetables and two fat servings with a multivitamin, extra vitamin
B-6, and magnesium glycinate. Two months later, her nuerologist revealed her
brain scan showing no signs of Multiple Sclerosis.
43 year-old male surgeon. Lost his short-term memory and had to stop
performing surgery. All medical tests were negative. His diet revealed 8-10
cans of Diet Coke with no food until 4PM. Weaned off all artificially
sweetened products, ate a balanced diet with multivitamin, extra vitamin B-6,
and magnesium glycinate. Six weeks later his short-term memory returned.
32 year-old woman. Severe gas, bloating, constipation. Consumed 8-12
packets of Splenda daily (stopped Nutrasweet due to violent headaches).
Surgery needed due to compaction of sucralose (Splenda) in transverse colon.
Consequently, she stopped consuming artificial sweeteners. Her digestion is
Negative Health Effects
Other issues related to the consumption of artificial sweeteners:
acidosis/gout, complete depletion of vitamin B-6 and magnesium, dizziness,
fatigue, headaches/migraines, weight gain, multiple digestive issues
(including bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea), joint pain, hormone
imbalance, high blood pressure, depression/mood swings, and canker sores.
Beware of Hidden Ingredients
Manufacturers often hide artificial sweeteners on ingredient labels by using
their scientific, not retail, names. We also list little known artificial
sweeteners you need to be aware of.
Acesulfame potassium, alitame, aspartic acid, cyclamate, isomalt, neotame,
P-4000, phenylalanine, raffinose, and sucralose
is crucial, especially on gum and beverage packaging.
Go to related articles to read my approved alternative sweeteners.