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Artificial Sweeteners: A Poor Choice for Health and Weight Loss

Posted by Monica Fink in Nutrition 06 Sep 2015

If there’s one food ingredient that leaves the general public the most confused it is probably artificial sweeteners. If you are eating only whole foods, this chemicalized ingredient is easily avoided, yet many have a hard time giving it up, or even convincing themselves that it is a poor choice. It’s no coincidence then that they are designed to be addictive. Artificial sweeteners are exactly that – artificial. They are highly chemicalized and are therefore foreign substances to our bodies. They cause damage to many organs in the body.

Aspartame, for example, has been shown to interfere with brain function which can result in:

Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia and diabetes.

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Splenda (also labeled as sucralose) is processed using chlorine, the same chlorine you put in your swimming pool. Ingesting sucralose has been linked to:

Gastrointestinal problems, seizures, dizziness, migraines, blurred vision, allergic reactions, blood sugar increases and weight gain.

 

 

 

If health concerns are not enough, consider this. When we eat something that is artificially sweet yet contains no natural sugars, our bodies still initiate an insulin response expecting there to be sugar. So while there are little to no calories in sugar-free foods, our bodies still turn on the “storage” hormone (insulin). Because our cells did not actually receive any glucose from the expected sugar intake, guess what? We become hungry very soon after.

Artificial sweeteners increase our appetite for sweet foods and lead to weight gain. Kicking this habit can be difficult. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, my goal is to guide and support my clients to achieving their highest health and happiness. If you would like support in eating a healthier diet and living a happier life, please contact me to schedule a comprehensive health history consultation. You’ll be glad you did! Until then, be well!

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