They’re in many sodas and other things we ingest, and could be doing us significant harm. What are they? Artificial sweeteners!

You may be familiar with NutraSweet but did you know that the truth behind artificial sweeteners is anything but sweet?

What About Aspartame?

sweetenerAspartame is a popular artificial sweetener found in diet drinks and other “low sugar/no sugar” products. However, these sweeteners are broken down in the body as something else: methanol and formaldehyde. Not only does formaldehyde sound scary, it’s the same class of drugs as arsenic!

The EPA assessed methanol and concluded it’s a “cumulative poison” because it’s excreted at a low rate. They recommend limiting consumption to only 7.8 mg/day. Many people consume as much as 250 mg daily if they frequently have aspartame– 32 times the daily limit!

When the temperature rises past 86 degrees Fahrenheit, it converts to formaldehyde and then formic acid. Formic acid is the same thing in a fire ant’s sting! Why put that in your body?

There are 92 symptoms that can arise when you ingest aspartame, and it accounts for over 75% of adverse food additive reactions reported to the FDA.

The symptoms reported included headaches, slurred speech, loss of taste, memory loss, insomnia, and more. Dr. Olney, a professor in the department of psychiatry, School of Medicine at the Washington University is a neuroscientist and researcher. He alerted the creator of aspartame, G.D. Searle, in 1971 that the aspartic acid caused holes in a mouse’s brain!

What About Splenda?

Is Splenda really better?

Splenda contains sucralose. Marketing geniuses have said it “came from sugar” but that’s not true. The ingredients are actually three chlorine atoms in the sugar (sucrose) molecule substituting three hydroxyl groups (hydrogen + oxygen).

Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms, but when it becomes Splenda, it’s a chlorocarbon. Not only that, Splenda actually reduces the amount of good bacteria in your body!

A study by Duke University found it reduced the bacteria in the intestines by 50%. We need this bacteria for a healthy immune system.  Dysbiosis is when the bad bacteria and yeast are overgrown in your intestinal tract, and has been linked to disorders like IBS and yeast infections.

You need that good bacteria!

Splenda also increases the pH level in the intestines making your insides more basic, but your stomach needs an acidic environment to digest food. Food that isn’t properly digested completely can be absorbed into the bloodstream, leading to food allergies, pain and inflammation.

Consider Alternatives

You may think that brown sugar is a “healthy sugar” but it’s only sugar that’s been colored with molasses.

You will find minerals in brown sugar that aren’t present in white sugar, such as calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium, however, these amounts are trace and won’t give you any benefit. Consider a real natural sugar: honey. It’s healthier, is sweet, and is broken down like a simple carbohydrate.

There’s another healthy alternative to sugar, and that’s Stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener that’s been used by tribes for years, and comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant.  You’ll find it packs a far sweeter taste than sugar, which means you can use less for the same effect. Stevia is more common in grocery stores, and many products on the market even use Stevia.