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Nutrition | artificial sweetners

THE SUGAR DEBATE – Artificial Sweetners, there is a natural alternative

What do you really know about artificial sweetners?

  Most artificial sweeteners were discovered by accident. In 1879 a lab worker spilled a sweet-tasting chemical onto his hands; accidentally licked his fingers and saccharin had been discovered.

Almost 60 years later, a graduate student detected the sweet taste of a chemical that had accidentally seeped into the cigarette he was smoking and cyclamate was the result.

In 1965, chemist James Schlatter licked his fingers while concocting an anti-ulcer drug and bought aspartame into the world.

Now more than six thousand different types of food and drink worldwide are sweetened artificially.

Aspartame goes by the brand names NutraSweet and Equal. It is one of the first generation of artificial sweeteners and is 180 times as sweet as sugar.

Products containing aspartame are sold in over 100 countries and are consumed by over 250 million people worldwide.

The scientific name for aspartame is 1-aspartyl 1 phenylalanine methyl ester. It has three components:

  1. phenylalanine which makes up 50 percent of the chemical by weight
  2. aspartic acid — 40 percent
  3. methanol (wood alcohol) — 10 percent

  Some people choose artificial sweeteners instead of sugar because they feel they are doing themselves a favour by not consuming sugar and calories. Others have no idea that they are consuming artificial sweeteners because they are hidden in a plethora of processed foods. Food marketers are clever.

They cottoned on early to the fact that they can replace sugar in their products with artificial sweeteners and then wack “diet”, “sugar-free”, and “low cal” claims all over the packaging. Of course that is going to make dieters rush to buy them.

However, the thing is that these artificial sweeteners are one of the worst things we can be consuming for our health. Why? They are both toxic and addictive, which is a highly dangerous combination.

If you are wanting to cut out sugar in your diet, you can do this without putting toxic chemicals into your body.

Try Xylitol or Stevia as a natural sugar alternative.


4 Comments to “THE SUGAR DEBATE – Artificial Sweetners, there is a natural alternative”

  1. First of all thank you so much for sharing this article here. Really it is very informative and I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I hope all readers may get an awareness about this particular topic. We must know about it.

  2. Tish Baxter says:

    Great job it definitly agree with you

  3. Matheus says:

    Definitely not good for you. Better than regular sodas. WIll still rot your teeth, and do other untealhhy things 0 calories is a plus, but even if it doesn’t put weight on you, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy, you know? It’s still bad.Don’t let it stop you, though Just learn moderation. A soda once in a while is a-okay, just don’t drink it constantly. If you have a weight problem you might want to cut it off completely until you feel that you’re in the position to occassionally having one without abusing it.

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