Toxic Tip! Artificial Sweeteners

As I mentioned in my Journey to Health post, one of the first toxic chemicals I began to ban was artificial sweeteners. The reason why I zeroed in on these guys was the fact that I was experiencing a lot of painful symptoms caused by a neurological disorder. After reading a few websites, blogs, and books, I decided that it was the toxic artificial chemicals in food and drink that might be contributing to the neurological problems. I know that so many people are being educated on reading food labels, but I honestly don’t think it matters if you have no clue what to look for and what ingredients to avoid. It’s great if you want to count calories and fat and sugar. But the most important thing to look at is the INGREDIENTS. So what if the packaged baked good or drink says “sugar free”. If you look for this term or “diet” on food packaging, start to change your thinking. These terms do not equate to “healthy”. Here’s why:

  • Artificial sweeteners are not thoroughly tested for safety by the FDA.
  • Independent science labs and research facilities are releasing reports on the health hazards of artificial sweeteners in animals using dosages proportional to the amount a human would ingest during the course of a day. They are finding that these animals are getting cancerous tumors and increases the occurrence of lymphomas, leukemia, and breast cancer in rats.
  • The American Cancer Society concurs that Artificial sweeteners not only don’t help weight loss, they actually may contribute to weight gain by stimulating appetite and bringing on a craving for carbohydrates.
  • People who use artificial sweeteners tend to gain more weight than those who avoid them.
  • There is a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet drink a person consumes each day.
  • Aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde in the body and is linked to cancer, neurological disorders, migraines, depression, anxiety, chest palpitations, etc.

Know your artificial sweeteners:

  • Aspartame, the generic name for Equal and NutraSweet
  • Acesulfame K
  • Sucralose (Splenda) made from chlorinating sugar. Who wants chlorine in their drinks or goodies?
  • Saccharin (Sweet’N Low)

Check out this website for more information: There is also a list of books on my resource page that go into detail on these chemicals. Check them out!

Baby Steps…

Please avoid these harmful chemicals! Don’t buy or consume products containing artificial sweeteners. But don’t think this means you should switch to white sugar. Processed sugar is harmful to your body as well (more on this in another post). Instead, use agave nectar, rapadura, molasses, maple syrup, date sugar, or raw honey as a sweetener. And of course, go organic! There is absolutely no reason to choose artificial ingredients that do more harm than good to our bodies. These chemicals will be hard to banish from your diet, I know, I’ve been there! But you can do it! Your taste buds are trained to like the way foods taste after you have been consuming these chemicals for a while. But as you slowly begin to change, you will begin to feel better without them and you will come to appreciate the sweetness of natural sweeteners in your food and drinks.


2 Comments on “Toxic Tip! Artificial Sweeteners”

  1. Kallie says:

    you know I love sweet tea… should I be putting something in it other then the unbleached sugar I am currently using? If so what?

    • Wade Made says:

      Kallie, great question! I have a really long response to this that will better answer this in a post on the effect sugar (all forms of sugar) has on our body. I have not posted it yet, but it’s coming! Short answer, try using all natural sweeteners (listed in the post) instead of processed sugar. Instead of making a big batch of sweet tea, make a cup of tea and just add some honey or another natural sweetener. But, the big take away would be to start drinking less and less sweet drinks and eventually drinking tea without sugar. Each week put less sugar in your tea than before. You will be surprised that things taste sweet with less sweetener after your taste-buds begin to be retrained.

      I know, that probably wasn’t the answer you wanted huh!? 🙂

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