Not So Sweet
History has told us that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. So why would artificial sweeteners be any different? Although the temptation of enjoying sweets without gaining a pound may be difficult for any dieter to resist, the potential health risks are far worse than a few extra calories.
Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), Saccharin (Sweet’N Low) and Sucralose (Splenda) are highly addictive and have been linked to more than 90 side effects, including headaches, blurred vision, vertigo, memory loss, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety attacks, ADD, infertility, abdominal pain, seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, cancer and, ironically, weight-gain. Because these products are made from refined, processed chemicals that do not occur in nature, our bodies cannot process them. They simply deplete our supply of vitamins and minerals, weaken our immune system and wreak havoc on our health.
To sweeten your food without white sugar or artificial sweeteners, try natural sweeteners such as honey, pure maple syrup, brown rice syrup, date sugar, grain malts, or Stevia (the green or brown whole-plant extracts, not the highly refined powders). The safety of the highly celebrated Agave syrup is to be determined.
Better yet, stick to the real thing and eat fruit! Not only is it delicious, but fruit also provides our bodies with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber that we need to thrive.
Once you can appreciate the original sweetness of healthy foods, you will finally be able to have your cake and eat it too. More information can be found in the book Sweet Deception by Dr. Joseph Mercola, or by contacting the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network in Dallas, Texas (www.aspartamesafety.com) or Mission Possible International in Duluth, Ga. (www.mpwhi.com).
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