You have been misled

We have often been told to substitute our sugars with artificial sweeteners like Splenda or to purchase sugar free foods for our health, but the truth is you have been misled. Replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners may do your body more harm than good. Research from the Ramazzini Institute in 2012 has linked Splenda to cancer, specifically leukemia. The researchers fed mice Splenda beginning prenatally and continuing for their entire lifespan. A major increase in cancerous tumors was seen among the male mice and the risk continued to increase along with the dose. This research prompted the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to list Splenda as a food to “avoid”. Splenda is found in over 4,500 foods. It is marketed as a “healthy substitute” to sugar, but this is far from the truth. Splenda has also been shown to be destructive to our gut health. An animal study done by The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found that Splenda reduced the amount of beneficial gut bacteria in rats by 50% while simultaneously increasing Ph level. Most people think stomach issues are specific to the stomach, but gut health is incredibly important for overall health. Gut health has been shown to be a major factor in obesity, cancer, anxiety and depression.

Some adverse reactions to artificial sweeteners include: Chronic widespread pain, headaches, vision changes, insomnia, memory loss, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, hives, mood swings, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, rash, fatigue, muscle and joint pain.

5 of the most commonly found artificial sweeteners to avoid:

• Aspartame, Equal, NutraSweet, NatraTaste Blue
• Sucralose (Splenda)
• Acesulfame K (ACE K, Sunette, Equal Spoonful, Sweet One, Sweet ‘n Safe)
• Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin)
• Xylitol, Sorbitol

Is there a safe alternative?

Stevia has been said to be a safer alternative, when it is in its pure leaf form. You can find Stevia in many different forms in grocery stores. Be sure to avoid Stevia in powdered or bleached form as it has undergone an extensive chemical process to reach the powdered form. Brands to look for are Stevia Leaf or Sweet Drops Stevia.

By Kylla Olsen, LifeChoices® at Bethany Advocate
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