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How Sweet It Isn’t~The Dangers of Aspartame

The controversy over healthful and not so healthful sweeteners continues, and I say that because millions of people are still consuming diet sodas with the artificial sweetener aspartame by the boatloads, and not giving it a second thought. The fact that manufacturers are still allowed to include this dangerous chemical into our foods and beverages is where the controversy lies.

When you look at what researchers and physicians are saying…”That aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…that many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death…that many chronic illnesses can be triggered or made worse by ingesting aspartame.” Then how in the world is aspartame still an FDA approved ingredient in so many of the things we ingest? (Diet sodas, sugar-free gum, breath mints, frozen desserts, and the list goes on and on).

In my opinion, the system continues to be manipulated. Big chemical and pharmaceutical companies have deep pockets, and therefore the power to withhold pertinent information from the public about what’s going into certain foods and drink, and ultimately into our bodies.

This is where consumers need to be proactive about their health. Take the time to read the labels on your foods and beverages. Know when to return a product to the store shelf based on the harmful ingredients it may contain.

There are safer choices. For example, the natural plant-based sweetener Stevia, which is hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar, so you don’t need to use much. It can also sweeten any drink or food without adding calories, and nourishes the pancreas. Stevia doesn’t raise blood glucose levels so it’s also safe, even beneficial for diabetics.

Personally, I try to stay away from sweeteners and refined sugar in general as much as possible, and if I do go for something sweet to put in my tea, I go with raw sugar, or sucanat, also known as sugar cane natural, an unrefined sugar. But your best bet is to enjoy fresh, organic fruits, they have natural sugars and plenty of nutrients and antioxidants to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you healthy.

Buona Salute!






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