Think Sugar-Free Means Healthy? Think Again!

Reaching for a Diet Coke, Coke Zero, or other sugar-free alternative to sugary drinks because it’s a low-calorie, guilt-free beverage?

Well don’t. You’re better off drinking real sugar than the alternative, Aspartame, which is deadly.

Aspartame is a sugar alternative that is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar)! The controversy surrounding Aspartame is astounding: The FDA refused to approve it for years, after scientific research revealed its devastating side-effects. Lab rats exposed to aspartame developed tumors, and lab monkeys frequently died. Astonishingly, approval was granted in the 70’s amid the controversy, despite claims of falsified scientific data. So although apparently unsafe for animals, it was labeled safe for human consumption. And 40 years later we are paying the price.

Known as NutraSweet, Canderel, Equal, it has approximately 92 different proven side-effects. It has been implicated in everything from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, methanol toxicity, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome; even death. Adverse food reactions almost always lead back to aspartame, yet the substance is added to food with impunity. Suffer from insomnia? Heart palpitations? Tinnitus? Dizziness? Depression? Joint pain? Anxiety? Numbness in legs? Chances are you could be suffering from aspartame overload and may want to take a look at what you are eating/drinking.

Aspartame is made up of aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol – two amino acids and a chemical. If eaten/drunk in large quantities, methanol becomes poisonous to the central nervous system. Aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde, as well as a chemical known as diketopiperazine, which has been linked to brain tumors in lab rats! According to documented studies, aspartame actually increases the craving for sugar, creating havoc on blood sugar levels, which ultimately leads to weight gain. Does this sound like something that is a good substitute for natural sugar? I doubt it. Aspartame is found in roughly 5000 products. Some notable examples:

  • Anything labeled “Sugar Free” – aspartame is added for that sweet taste.
  • Diet drinks
  • Sugar substitutes – Canderel, NutraSweet, Equal
  • Chewing gum
  • Sweets
  • Desserts
  • Condiments
  • Sugar-Free dairy products
  • Fruit juices
  • Nutritional/Power Bars
  • “Vitamin” waters and wine coolers
  • Prescription drugs
  • Vitamin supplements

…and more

Researchers at the University Of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio made a startling discovery. Lab rats that were fed aspartame developed a pre-diabetic condition, but this was not the case with rats who didn’t consume aspartame. You can draw your own conclusions on this one, but let’s be honest – do you still think drinking this awful stuff is better than eating fruit? I bet not!

You can research the facts about aspartame – it is readily available on the internet. What you read will astound you, and then you have the power to decide if you really want to continue eating foods containing this stuff. I suggest this site for more information: http://www.alaskawellness.com/AspartameArchive.htm

Bottom line: Artificial sweeteners appeal to the palate, but wreak havoc on the brain, pancreas, and liver. Over time, this creates an imbalance in the body and instability in blood sugar levels, resulting in weight-gain and disease.

Written by: Etain Case (etain@orionretreat.com)