Unfortunately, we live in a world where artificial sweeteners are the new normal. We have been mistakenly told that by consuming fake sugar, we will lose weight. Tell me, where is the logic in that? One of the most dangerous and addictive artificial sweeteners out there is aspartame. Read on to learn why you should steer clear of this product.
Aspartame is found in over 6,000 sugar-free/diet products including breath mints, chewing gum, cereals, juices, multivitamins, teas, shake mixes, soft drinks, cocoa mixes and more. It is made up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. I have no idea of what those things are, do you? According to Dr. Janet Hull, aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. This is because it dissolves into solution and can travel throughout the body and deposit within any tissue. It also changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline.
Here are just some of the medical problems that it has been linked to:
• Vision – methanol is potentially toxic to the retina and optic nerve and has been linked to blurring, pain, decreased tears, bulging eyes, and decreased night vision
• Ears – ringing, severe intolerance of noise, hearing impairment
• Neurological – seizures, headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, numbness in limbs, slurring of speech, hyperactivity, restless legs, facial pain, tremors
• Psychological – depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety, personality changes, insomnia, phobias
• Chest- palpitations, shortness of breath, high blood pressure
• Gastrointestinal- nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing
• Skin- itching, hives, asthma
• Metabolic- menstrual changes, loss of hair, weight gain, low blood sugar
So, now that you know all the trouble this artificial sweetener can cause, maybe it will be easier to turn down that “treat” the next time someone offers it to you. If you are asking yourself what you should use instead of artificial sweetners, GOLO suggests using honey, sugar in the raw, coconut palm sugar, or liquid Stevia.
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