Talking fake stuff : artificial sweeteners

If you think about it, nothing fake is ever that great. Fake tans are bad. Fake handbags, not so great. Fake chesticles (aka breasts), very often bad! I’m yet to come across anything good that is pretending to be something else. At the top of this list of bad fakes is fake sugar – really bad!

Aspartame is horrible stuff. So horrible in fact that it was denied eight times by Food and Drug Administration Department (FDA), before it snuck through a loophole and made it’s way into food. If you’re scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about – I’m talking fake sugar aka artificial sweetener.

Let’s talk about the side effects:

Memory loss, nerve cell damage, migraines, reproductive disorders, mental confusion and brain lesions, blindness, joint pain, Alzheimer’s, bloating, nervous system disorders, hair loss, food cravings and surprise surprise, weight gain!

Let’s talk ingredients:

Aspartame contains a substance called methyl alcohol which, once ingested turns into a formaldehyde – a deadly neurotoxin. Some sweeteners also contain Phenylalanine. Phenylalanine naturally occurs in our brain, however high levels of this can lead to seizures, depression and schizophrenia. It is pretty simple to see there is no way known that any of this stuff is good.

Let’s talk weight:

The whole point of fake stuff like this is to combat the weight gain associated with sugar consumption. There has been evidence to suggest that these products actually stimulate appetite and therefore increase food intake. On top of that, there is actually no clear evidence to support the theory that these products are useful in weight reduction. There really is no point is there? You are far better off having the real thing, although in most cases steering clear of high sugar foods is the best option.

I have written about cleansing and keeping your body more alkaline than acidic. Acidic forming foods lead to acidic bodies – resulting in lowered immunity, greater illness and a host of other issues. The upcoming End of Summer Body Cleanse I’m running, is one of the best ways to get your body clean and alkaline – sweeping out all the gunk that has formed over time.

My best suggestion is to stick with real sugar – nature has provided us with some great options. Maple syrup is my personal pick. It tastes wonderful and in its pure form it is nutritious. Depending on how you are using it, raw cane sugar is also a good choice. It’s all a matter of combination and what foods you are putting together.

Base your diet around whole food and you really can’t go wrong.

A good thought to have is if it isn’t off the land, it is probably isn’t very good for your insides. What you put into your body – you can expect out of it.


  • January 26, 2011 By Philip 9:14 am

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  • January 26, 2011 By Sweeter Living 10:59 am

    Hi Nat.
    What are your thoughts on Xylitol? I believe it a natural sweetener.

  • January 26, 2011 By Lexi:: PottyMouthMama 10:01 pm

    Nat, I have spent the last hour or so reading your blog. It's made me feel so excited and inspired. I am looking forward to the end of Summer cleanse.

    I have done Weight Watchers a couple of times (both times after having baby and can't shed the weight) and it always astounded me that they'd talk whole foods, but yet all their own WW branded food was loaded with artificial sweeteners.

    I have a real sweet tooth, and it's something I struggle with. But after decreasing my sugar intake, and I guess retraining myself that I didn't need it, I started to not enjoy that sweet taste as much. Unfortunately I am not at this stage, but I would like to be back there, and ready to do it.

    All those tricked up ingredients – if you don't know they're name (ie if it sounds chemical) chances are it's fake.

    Xylitol sounds artificial. Is it?

  • January 27, 2011 By Nat Kringoudis Melbourne 2:06 pm

    Natural forms are always best. Whilst I don't know a lot about Xylitol, I will say that anything in its natural state is going to be better for you that processed foods. I would be inclined to suggest sticking to mayple syrup or brown/raw sugar is nutritionally better than Xylitol.
    Remember food combinations is important when using sugars also.

  • January 28, 2011 By Peta Rhind 7:05 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you nat!

    I bought Will a snack food yesterday that I thought was healthy and very low in sugar. Upon getting home and reading the labels I found out it was loaded with artificial sugar and taste revolting!

    Def going to crack out the maple syrup from now on too!

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