Why You Should Be Avoiding Artificial Sweeteners

If you are eating or drinking anything that says, “diet,” “sugar-free,” “light,” or “zero,” you are likely consuming artificial sweeteners that may be toxic, addictive and hazardous to your health.  There are several types of artificial sweeteners, each having unique physiological effects on the body that can cause a variety of symptoms and may be responsible for many diseases.  The most common artificial sweeteners are Aspartame and Sucralose.

Aspartame is one of the most common artificial sweeteners.  It is a synthetic chemical that is used in over 6,000 products around the world.  It is in most diet sodas, powdered drinks, chewing gum, breath mints, and other sugar-free products. It is also in NutraSweet, Equal, Candarel, Benevia, Sweet One, NutraTaste, TwinSweet, and Spoonful.

Since the mid-1980s when Aspartame came on the market, its manufacturers have continued to assure the public that this low-calorie sweetener is safe.  However, several independent studies have shown that aspartame is not as safe as it appears to be.  Aspartame is metabolized (broken down) in the body into wood alcohol (a poison) and formaldehyde, a known carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical).  It has been associated with approximately 40 conditions due to its toxicity.  Some of these include headaches, dizziness, depression, insomnia, irritability, weight gain, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, asthma and other allergic reactions.  Aspartame can also mimic or worsen diseases such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADD and ADHD).  It can also cause birth defects, premature birth, nerve twitches, muscle tremors, brain damage and even lymphomas, leukemia and other types of cancer!

Sucralose (Splenda)
Sucralose is another common artificial sweetener.  It is a synthetic chemical that contains chlorine.  Sucralose is in many of the previously mentioned sugar-free products.  It can cause gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, chest pains, severe menstrual cramps, heart palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, and depression.

Studies of the effects of sucralose on animals have found decreased red blood cells (anemia), male infertility, brain lesions, enlarged calcified kidneys, spontaneous abortion rates of 50 percent in rabbits given sucralose, and a 23 percent death rate in rabbits given sucralose compared to six percent not given sucralose.

The symptoms created by Aspartame, Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners has lead health experts to call it “Artificial Sweetener Disease.”  The way to get rid of Artificial Sweetener Disease (and avoid getting it in the first place) is to stop consuming all products that contain Aspartame, Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners, including Acesulfame K, Alitame, Cyclamate, Neohesperidin, Neotame, and Saccharin.  

Products Containing Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners can be found on the ingredient labels of many of these products:

Soft drinks, over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs (very common and listed under “inactive ingredients”), vitamin and herb supplements, yogurt, instant breakfasts, candy, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, coffee beverages, instant breakfasts, gelatin desserts, frozen desserts, juice beverages, laxatives, milk drinks, shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, tea beverages, instant teas and coffees, topping mixes, wine coolers, fiber supplements (Metamucil), protein powders, etc.

It is also important to note that if you are suffering from artificial sweetener symptoms, it often takes at least 60 days without consuming any artificial sweetener to see a significant improvement.