Are you consuming dangerous chemical additives every day?

Some of your favorite foods and beverages could be loaded with chemicals and additives that you may not know were dangerous for your health. Many of the worst additives are artificial sweeteners and white sugar substitutes.

In order to reduce the intake of processed sugar that can lead to obesity, the scientific community responded in the last three decades with loads of “safe” substitutes such as aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), saccharin (Sweet’N Low) and sucralose (Splenda), just to name a few. However sugar and artificial sweeteners are terrible for your health.

White sugars and sweeteners trigger two kinds of body responses:

  • Glycemic Response: The blood sugar and insulin-stimulating properties of a sugar or sweetener can be defined by its glycemic response. A high-glycemic sugar or sweetener will over-elevate blood sugar and insulin levels. A low-glycemic sugar or sweetener does not over-elevate blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • Fat-Storing Response: The fat-storing effects of sugar or a sweetener can be defined by its high fat storage (HFS) properties and its ability to stimulate lipoprotein (LPL) and other fat-stimulating enzymes and proteins.

And did you know that aspartame turns into methanol and formaldehyde when heated? Were you also aware that the American Diabetic Association (ADA) supports the use of aspartame as an acceptable replacement for sugar for people with diabetes? This is despite the fact that aspartame has generated the largest volume of consumer reports (75 percent of them) describing adverse reactions.

This means the ADA does not seem willing to look at healthier alternatives to sugar and aspartame, such as whole food alternatives like stevia. And worse yet is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) support of aspartame. Aspartame can be found in breath mints, gum, cereals, frozen desserts, coffee, juice, synthetic vitamins, pharmaceutical drugs, tea, alcoholic beverages, yogurt and of course, diet soft drinks.

You should eliminate aspartame from your diet—especially if you are experiencing these symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Hearing Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Vision problems
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred Speech
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety Attacks
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Skin Lesions
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Chest Pain
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm

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Peyton Kennedy

By Peyton Kennedy

Peyton Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Auburn University. Her varied experience includes journalism, marketing, public relations and social media. She currently lives in Birmingham, Ala., with her husband Tom and dog Mosby. In her spare time, Kennedy enjoys movies, reading and Auburn football.