So there I used to be, having an awesome breakfast at Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH and naturally I couldn’t assist however observe (okay, perhaps I was inwardly passing unnecessary and unhelpful contemptuous judgment) all the unhealthy food everybody was eating. Speaking of which, have you observed how arduous it’s to be out in public these day and discover healthy wanting individuals – you already know, individuals who (1) are usually not obese; (2) have glowing complexion, or at the very least clear pores and skin; (3) transfer with any sort of crisp, coordinated power? Only recently, I went to the New England Aquarium, and while standing in line, I mentally tried to scan the very giant crowd to seek out healthy individuals – I might solely discover one family … from India. Sorry, I digress …
Anyway, there we have been within the Home of Irritation, I mean Friendly Toast, the place everyone, and I imply everyone, was eating some wheat product or bread within the form of pancakes, toast, waffles, or French toast, and naturally most of it slathered with some shit sugar sauce. Sorry, again I digress …
However what caught my eye (in addition to the raging and overt march to diabetes, weight problems, coronary heart disease and most cancers), was the desk throughout from me. Along with gorging on insulin-spiking, pro-inflammatory grains, the 4 adults (who have been truly 7.5 adults of their complete weight), have been dumping Splenda into their coffee like it was fairy dust.
I needed to stroll over, drop to my knees and beg them to … PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE STOP EATING THESE TERRIBLE CHEMICALS – THEY’RE SLOWLY POISONING AND KILLING YOU.
By the best way, in case you have been wondering what I ordered off the insulin land mine subject they call a menu, I had Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, no bread, with a aspect order of sauteed spinach. We combined the spinach in with our eggs, smoked salmon and Hollandaise sauce – it was tremendous yummy, and really satisfying; and because it had crops, fats, and protein, the meal was very nutritious and healthy.
Okay, back to the incredibly poisonous nature of synthetic sweeteners:
Artificial Sweeteners: A Historical past of Lies and Poison
Don’t have time to read this? Need the bottom line, the take away? Artificial sweeteners are extremely poisonous and ought to be one of the foods you never, ever eat. Keep away from synthetic sweeteners like you would a drunk driver waving a gun out the window. Sure, they’re that dangerous for you. Aspartame and sucralose are the last word sluggish poison, toxic, disease-food. (Aspartame = Nutrasweet and Equal; Sucralose = Splenda)
Our world is crammed with deception, to make certain. From our presidents’ lying to us, to stylish promoting about food (comparable to ‘Milk does a body good’ – the perfect advertising campaign AND greatest food scam up to now 50 years), it’s develop into troublesome at any given second to type out the reality. In terms of filtering out correct info relating to well being, the waters grow to be even murkier.
On the earth of sweeteners, the misinformation is just not solely normal working procedure inside the food manufacturing business, it’s further obscured by the facility of lobbying and advertising that’s harnessed by the meals and chemical industries. For example, I’m positive you’ve seen the commercials as we speak touting how excessive fructose corn syrup is protected and pure ‘if eaten in moderation;’ that is patently false – excessive fructose corn syrup ought to be referred to as ‘a pipeline to diabetes.’
Another main area of food/health deception is the perceived harmlessness of synthetic sweeteners. To the overwhelming majority of people, a Weight-reduction plan Coke® is a comparatively “healthy” beverage selection, they assume, as a result of it has no sugar or energy. Nothing might be farther from the reality.
Artificial Sweeteners – A Storied Previous
Artificial sweeteners have a checkered previous courting again to the discovery of saccharin in 1879 which, like almost all synthetic sweeteners, was discovered accidentally and later banned…and later once more restored. In line with Dr. Joseph Mercola in his e-book Sweet Deception, chemical big Monsanto was shaped in 1901 “…for the sole purpose of producing saccharin.” The two huge gamers in the artificial sweetener subject right now are aspartame (brand names Nutrasweet® and Equal®) and sucralose (brand identify Splenda®).
Aspartame – The Good Chemical Villain
Aspartame, probably the most extensively used synthetic sweetener (found in over 6,000 merchandise consumed by greater than 250 million individuals in soda pop, sugarless gum, “sugar-free” foods) has come underneath scientific scrutiny in journal articles reporting the following neurophysiologic effects following digestion and metabolism of aspartame into the bloodstream:1
- Neurological and behavioral disturbances
- Complications, insomnia, and seizures
- Compromised learning and emotional functioning
- Neurodegeneration leading to senile dementia (i.e. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s illness)
- Inhibition of normal brain chemistry perform
VIDEO: “Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World”
When you watch this video, and I encourage you to do so, you’ll never be the identical again (I promise, you’ll turn into an anti-artificial sweetener evangelist)!
Aspartame’s Deadly Trio
Aspartame (1-aspartyl 1-phenylalanine methyl ester) is damaged down into three toxic elements upon digestion: phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%) and methyl ester (10%) – all of them enter the bloodstream.
Phenylalanine, a standard amino acid discovered naturally in meals in small amounts, doesn’t usually pose a danger (except in individuals with phenylketonuria (PKU), the genetic illness marked by the lack to interrupt down phenylalanine). Nevertheless, in most individuals, Nutrasweet produces an abnormally excessive 50% ratio of phenylalanine; that is something not present in nature, and when it enters the human body, it causes modifications in the ratio of neurotransmitters and interrupts brain perform, resulting in excessive mind neuron firing and potential cell demise. As phenylalanine levels improve, this alteration within the ratio of neurotransmitters has been proven to trigger seizures. Additionally, when uncovered to elevated temperatures (assume vans driving pallets of weight loss plan soda throughout the nation throughout Spring and Summer time, and all yr spherical in the West), phenylalanine is damaged down into diketopiperazine (DKP), a recognized tumor-forming carcinogen.
The Dementia Connection
Aspartic acid, the second element, is called a neuroexcitotoxin, a term given to molecules that excite and hyper-stimulate nerve cells, notably within the brain. This over-stimulation of brain nerve cells ultimately causes them to burn out and die. Aspartame consumption is now being thought-about as a contributing cause to the growing charges of senile dementia, corresponding to Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease seen at this time.
The third element, methyl ester, as soon as digested is converted into methyl alcohol, a toxin found in paint remover and wooden alcohol. Methyl alcohol is very poisonous to the body and is damaged down by the liver into formaldehyde, a recognized carcinogen, which finally can lead to methanol poisoning leading to deadly kidney injury, organ system failure, blindness, and dying. Methanol is assessed as a narcotic. Making matters worse is that because phenylalanine and methanol improve dopamine release inside the mind, it could turn out to be addictive because of the “dopamine high” it produces.
People who swear off eating regimen sodas typically experience withdrawal symptoms similar to:
Food plan soda heightens danger for stroke, coronary heart attack, and vascular demise. “The researchers also observed a marginally significant increased risk for vascular events among those who consumed diet soda daily and regular soda once or more a month.” [American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference. Abstract # P55. News conference February 9, 2011]
Dr. Mercola speaks AGAIN concerning the risks of Aspartame [read article]
Aspartame Discovered To Cause Kidney Injury. Research by Dr. Julie Lin and Dr. Gary Curhan of Brigham and Ladies’s Hospital in Boston introduced at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in San Diego reported “a significant two-fold increased odds, between two or more servings per day of artificially sweetened soda and faster kidney function decline; no relation between sugar-sweetened beverages and kidney decline was noted.” [read article]
SPLENDA – THE NEWEST POISON
As the poisonous physiologic results of aspartame are becoming extra extensively recognized, a newcomer has emerged – sucralose, or Splenda®, its brand identify. It’s the sweetener used at present in many “sugar-free” foods. It’s found in almost 5,000 meals merchandise, in addition to pharmaceutical medicine and chewing gum.
The makers of Splenda claim sucralose is produced from sugar and is subsequently ‘natural.’ Sure, Splenda is constructed from sugar, however contrary to these claims, it isn’t natural. It seems obvious when the final product is 5 to six hundred occasions sweeter than sugar, that it couldn’t be ‘natural’ or healthy.
Chemically, Splenda is a chlorinated artificial sugar. Sucralose is made by switching out three naturally occurring hydrogen-oxygen teams with three chlorine atoms on a sucrose molecule, forming a chlorocarbon – when this is executed, it’s not pure or wholesome.
“…chlorocarbons are never nutritionally compatible with our metabolic processes and are wholly incompatible with normal human metabolic functioning.” – James Bowden, MD2
Identical to widespread table salt (sodium chloride) doesn’t include the same form of sodium that’s discovered naturally in darkish green greens, the chlorine chemically created in laboratories and processed into the creation of sucralose is just not the same by any means to the chlorine discovered naturally in soil, water, and meals. Furthermore, the chlorine discovered naturally in foods shouldn’t be the same as man-made chlorine put into our swimming pools and meals (chlorine added to municipal water provides has lengthy been questioned as a explanation for cancer; in accordance with the FDA, chlorine is assessed as a ‘class-one carcinogen’ in people). [If you’re as old as I am, you may recall that organochlorines include the now-banned chemical insecticides, pesticides, and solvents such as DDT, Aldrin and Dieldrin, Chlordane, Dioxins, chloroform, Mustard gas, dichloroethane, dichloromethane, trichloroethane, etc.]
Scientific animal studies have shown Splenda to cause the following: 3
- Genetic mutation/damaged DNA (a precursor to most cancers)
- Decreased fertility
- Persistent toxicity (purple blood cells, thymus, thyroid, colon, liver, brain, ovaries, kidneys, cataracts)
- Progress retardation
- Broken immune system
Reported uncomfortable side effects in individuals using Splenda embrace the following:three
- Pores and skin irritation (redness, itching, swelling, blistering, eruptions, rashes)
- Lung irritation (wheezing, tightness, cough or shortness of breath)
- Head: dry mouth and sinuses; swelling or irritation of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat
- Headaches and migraines
- Nostril: congestion, runny nostril, sneezing
- Eyes: bloodshot, itchy, swollen or watery
- Abdomen: bloating, fuel, ache, constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Heart: chest pains, palpitations, or fluttering
- Joints: joint pains or aches
- Neurological: seizures, nervousness, anger, panic, insomnia, dizziness, mood swings, melancholy
- Other: blood in urine, menstrual irregularity, night time sweats, numbness of the limbs
“Sugar-Free” – The Remaining Lie
Lastly, Splenda is marketed as a “No Calorie Sweetener.” Nevertheless, to make it taste better and simpler to deal with and bake with, ninety-nine % of a packet of Splenda is composed of bulking agents corresponding to dextrose and maldodextrin, that are corn-derived sugars that elevate blood glucose ranges, leading to diabetes and weight problems. The manufacturers of Splenda can get away with calling it “sugar-free” on account of food labeling laws which permit a product to be referred to as “sugar-free” if it accommodates lower than .5 grams of sugar, and “calorie-free” if it incorporates lower than 5 calories.
Using Splenda as an ant killer [read here]
Artificial sweeteners are one of many five meals I never put in my physique; the opposite 4 are deep fried foods, hydrogenated oils, cured meats, and MSG (monosodium glutamate, additionally labeled as torula yeast, hydrolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed vegetable protein).
1Humphries P, et al. Direct and indirect cellular results of aspartame on the mind. European Journal of Medical Vitamin 2008; 62:451–462 [view abstract] [view full article PDF]
2James Bowen, MD The Lethal Science of Splenda, A Poisonous Chlorocarbon, 2005. [view article]
3Mercola J, Pearsall KD, Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA Might Be Hazardous to Your Health, Nelson Books, Nashville, TN, 2006