In The Start Getting Healthy Nutrition Series we looked at the dangers of sugar and how this substance has caused a massive change in our health and well-being.
People will always have a sweet tooth and I understand that. The problem is instead of reaching for that sugar based drink sugar-free alternatives become the choice.
You may want to reconsider grabbing that Diet soft drink thinking that something that has zero calories will not impact your health in a negative way.
ASPARTAME: THE MOST WELL KNOWN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER
Aspartame is going to be the most recognized artificial sweetener but artificial sweeteners exist as many brands and varieties including
- Sweet N’ Low
- Sweet Twin
- Sugar Twin
- Sweet One
So what does an artificial sweetener do in the body? In the case of Aspartame it is made up of ingredients that include methanol that converts to formaldehyde in the body which has been linked to retinal damage and birth defects. The combination of these ingredients act as ‘ excitotoxins ‘ in the body and can cause potential nerve damage in the brain and can be connected to long term illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, brain lesions, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Simply put an artificial sweetener is a chemical creation unrecognized by the body and capable of creating some concerning issues.
DIET DRINK AND WEIGHT LOSS
Clearly the main reason behind and product or drink with the word “diet” in the name is looked at as a partner to weight loss. You will be surprised to find out how these chemical sweeteners can actually compromise your weight loss pursuits.
When your body consumes an artificial sweetener the sweet taste signals that some amount of calories are on the way. When these calories are not received the body then starts to crave what it feels it was teased with. This can lead to carbohydrate and sugar cravings which can cause havoc in a person’s weight loss pursuits.
Also in conjunction with that artificial sweeteners have addictive properties and lead to a person craving another diet drink not long after already consuming one. Put all this together and you have a vicious cycle of addiction and cravings that go round and round and round.
CHEMICAL SWEETENERS ALL AROUND US
As of 2014 Aspartame can be found in over 6000 products. What is concerning is that amount of products where chemical sweeteners are not even disclosed. Traces are even being found in some milk products
This should make it more clear than ever to focus on eating real foods. You will not find aspartame in carrots. Nor will you find any artificial sweeteners in a big bunch of spinach.
Stick to the foods that do not need anything added in to them and start to get a better grasp on your health.
The last of Healthy Eating Series will focus not as much on a specific food but something that can cause just as much damage to our health if not properly managed: Stress