Artificial sweeteners are found in A LOT of products. Some of the main products you probably consume on a regular basis which contain artificial sweeteners are: soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, coffee, (fake)juice, chewing gum, ketchup, maple syrup, and many more.
What sweeteners are we talking about here and what are the dangers?
High Fructose Corn Syrup
There are some pretty big disinformation campaigns going on out there about HFCS which try to say that it is “natural” and “no different than cane sugar”, but that is just a bunch of garbage. The reality is it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more. You read that right, HFCS is a major cause of the obesity epidemic(contrary to what you see on TV). HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury(which is toxic to the brain). HFCS is made from GMO corn which further compounds the negative health effects. There are many other negative health effects caused by ingesting HFCS.
Also please note that the industry has tried changing the name of HFCS to simply “fructose”. Do not be fooled.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that has deceived and damaged the health of many thousands of people. Aspartame is most often found in products that claim to be “sugar free” or diet(i.e. diet soda). Many people mistakenly thought they were getting healthier by lowering their sugar and calorie intake by consuming these products, when in reality they were damaging their health by ingesting a toxic poison. When aspartame enters the body it breaks down into three substances: aspartic acid(excess aspartate becomes an excitotoxin, it “excites” or stimulates the neural cells to death causing serious chronic neurological disorders ), methanol(aka wood alcohol which breaks down into formaldehyde – a deadly neurotoxin that wreaks havoc on sensitive proteins and DNA), and phenylalanine(high levels in the brain and blood can lead to emotional disorders and depression). Aspartame also stimulates your appetite, promotes fat storage, and increases your carb cravings(so much for trying to lose weight with aspartame and diet soda!) Over 10,000 complaints have been filed to the FDA concerning aspartame’s side effects and there are 92 documented side effects including migraines, dizziness, heart palpitations, and seizures!
Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners including acesulfame potassium, Neotame, and others.
This substance is often added to coffee and occurs in many processed snacks. Refined sugar has been stripped of anything beneficial to your health. It also leaches vitamins and minerals out of your body like calcium. Sugar is a major factor in tooth decay because sugar feeds the bacteria that causes plaque and that produces acids that attack your teeth, which eventually results in breaking down the hard enamel on the surface of your teeth. Sugar in a person’s diet contributes to obesity. Removal of sugar from diets has cured symptoms of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart illnesses.
There are other artificial sweeteners out there which I also would not recommend. Healthy alternatives would be raw organic honey and pure maple syrup, just try not to use too much. Get your sugar from natural sources like fruit which contains fiber because this will prevent the spikes in blood sugar associated with artificial sweeteners.