Sweet Poison? - The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners
People are counting calories. The big food industries are well aware that most of the population is not happy with their weight. It's just logic, that they will try to reduce calorie intake and move to sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners.
But is it a healthy alternative?
Here is a list of some available artificial sweeteners:
-Acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One)
-Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet)
-Saccharin (SugarTwin, Sweet'N Low)
They are artificial sugar substitutes but may be derived from natural substances like herbs or sugar. Sometimes they are also referred to as intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than normal white sugar.
The topic can be very confusing, as some manufacturers call their artificial sweeteners "natural" even though they are refined and processed.
In today's world, it's possible to find these sweeteners in a very wide range of products including soft drinks, candy, pudding, canned foods, baked goods, jams and jellies and the list goes on. It's advisable to read the label very carefully because they might be in products, where nobody would expect them to be!
The other day, my husband got some pickles but after studying the label, we found out, that there too, was artificial sweeteners inside.
The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners
I have to say that it might be confusing to find the truth about artificial sweeteners. If you search Google for the topic, you'll find articles saying that they cause cancer, while others say exactly the opposite. Let me just say one thing, there is BIG money involved in this story, and it's always good to see, who paid for or conducted a particular study.
I would like to share with you three very interesting and relevant articles:
- Article published in March 2016:
- Read the interesting article published in February 2016:
- The third article published in march 2016:
For us as a family, it's been clear for a while that we should avoid ingesting any of these artificial sweeteners. Even if they were not causing cancer and other serious illnesses, then still there is the question of their nutritional value.
After all, we should eat and drink to keep healthy and provide all the nutrients our body needs to function at his best. And I clearly question that any artificial sweetener will help me improve my health.
Our ancestors didn't eat the same diet as we did - and they were much healthier. For me, that's a clear indication, that something is going wrong. I don't need to wait until the doctors and scientists all agree on something - I can use my own judgment for an important issue like this.
What do you think? Do you use artificial sweeteners in your diet or is it a "no go"? Comment below!
Wishing you inner peace, happiness and success at the highest level
Janine El Hinnawy