Diabetes – The Artificial Sweetener Connection

ASPARTAME – the hidden killer;

Aspartame is making us sicker and fatter than sugar ever could. Did you know that aspartame (‘the miracle sweetener’)in the blue-blue packets was developed by G.D Searle Corporation? Did you know that G.D Searle tried in vain to get aspartame approved by the FDA for more than 16 years?

It all seems so unimportant until we learn of the late Dr. M. Adrian Gross, a former senior FDA toxicologist who was called to testify before Congress about aspartame many months before 1981: “Beyond a shadow of a doubt, aspartame triggers brain tumors and, therefore, by allowing aspartame to be placed on the market the FDA has violated the Delaney Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer…and if the FDA itself elects to violates its own the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?”

In 1981, aspartame ‘finally’ received FDA approval despite its proven and tested toxicity? Since then, aspartame has permeated hundreds of common products; from soda to salad dressing. You consume a lot of it if you eat processed foods.

Aspartame is less expensive than real sugar and thus has dominated food processing for more than 25 years. So what’s so bad about aspartame? To start with, it’s now been clearly linked to brain cancer, memory loss, impaired vision, hearing loss, joint pain, asthma, coma,seizures..etc. Additionally, the US Government reports that aspartame has brought more complaints to the FDA than any other food additive currently on the market. In fact, it’s now responsible for nearly 75 percent of complaints to the FDA.

After receiving some 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms linked to aspartame — including death. headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer, in addition to many undefined symptoms harder to describe. Aspartame appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression… Why so many symptoms?

It’s taken 30 years to feel the brunt of this substance and that many years to collect the data to support the findings you are reading in this article. The reason for the time lapse is that human symptoms take time to develop and identify. It is now known that aspartame attacks our bodies at the cellular level and negates all kinds of common medications Americans take to rid themselves of the symptoms; including antidepressants, Coumadin, cardiac drugs, hormones, insulin, vaccines, and many other common medications.

Supported by many clinical studies, the bottom line is that aspartame is a deadly neurotoxin drug sold to us as a harmless food additive.The worst part however, is that Aspartame could make you hungrier and fatter. Dr. H. J. Roberts, concludes that aspartame has caused our obesity epidemic. He gives evidence that this “guilt-free” sweetener secretly makes you crave carbohydrates which make you gain weight. How does this work? Well, it seems it may trigger or over-stimulate the stomach’s production of ghrelin, also known as the ‘hunger hormone’.

Have you noticed over the past 30 years how fat we Americans have been getting? It seems the media and nutritionists have noticed. How long have you been drinking diet sodas? And how much weight have you lost as a result of drinking it? The over-production of ghrelin in our stomachs may explain why all those “diet” sodas have never been much help in weight loss and control.

Now it’s easy to lay blame, and to prevent that, the giant food companies have studies “proving” the safety of aspartame. They often pull out these research reports from their file drawers in defense of their continued use of aspartame.You now know some facts about the dangers of consuming aspartame . Get the facts. Avoid aspartame in your diet if at all possible.

So what now? If I can’t use aspartame in my coffee in the morning, then what will I use? The following are some common substitutes:

SUGAR: Try a spoonful once in a while, but remember, too much sugar can lead to diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, renal disease, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic retinitis (blindness), diabetic peripheral neuropathy etc Sugar sounds pretty bad and too much in your diet is bad but when compared to aspartame, sugar looks pretty good.

SUCRALOSE: is a highly dangerous new chemical — because sucralose is created when chlorine is added to sugar. Have you ever spilled chlorine bleach on your skin? Research by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center shows that years of sucralose use can lead to a breakdown of the immune system and neurological disorders;

SACCHARINE: Saccharine tastes terrible but poses no immediate danger to the human body that anyone has discovered yet..

STEVIA: is plant-based and natural. It’s safe and recommended for diabetics but it tastes nothing like natural sugar. It has a bitter taste. It’s okay for some. I like it, but many people prefer something less bitter to the taste. The trick is to use just a little. It’s highly recommended for all your baking needs and lemonades are great when made with stevia.

XYLITOL: is highly recommended. It’s natural, tastes like sugar, is good for your teeth, and importantly for diabetics, doesn’t spike blood sugar. The bad part of it is that it induces diarrhea in some people who use it regularly.

ERYTHRITOL : may be the best substitute of all. It is natural, calorie-free, tastes like real sugar, doesn’t affect blood sugar or insulin levels (a big plus for people with diabetes), it reduces dental plaque — and unlike xylitol, has no laxative side-effects. It’s available as the Smart Sweet Brand and is highly recommended.

Avoid aspartame and sucralose like the plague. Learn more about Stevia and Erythritol. People who want to avoid the diabesity epidemic sweeping our country can do so by avoiding aspartame and sucralose. It is my opinion that the current diabetes epidemic in this country could be stemmed by prolonged use of better substitutes for aspartame, sucralose and sugar.