Toxin Talk: “Sugar Free”

Monday, January 8, 2018

It's been a while since I posted a Toxin Talk. When I first started this series I planned to post one weekly, but other things and other posts took priority. I think it's a good idea to start these again if not weekly, at least monthly.

If you are an avid sugar-avoider you're probably cringing and your mouse is heading towards to the "x" button in the corner of your screen. But please hear me out! When I say "sugar free" I'm not talking about delicious homemade recipes that use maple syrup and coconut sugar instead of white, refined sugar for sweetener. Trust me- I'm a huge fan of those! I wanna talk about the sugar-free pops, cookies, ice creams, candies, desserts, etc. The nasty stuff, the processed stuff, the stuff you've convinced yourself is food, the CHEMICAL STUFF Y'ALL. (You're probably wondering if I'm ever gonna stop talking about chemicals....nope, never!)

Ask yourself this: if in front of you sits the option of A) an organic cane sugar soda and B) a diet, sugar-free, zero calorie soda, which one would you choose?

The world today would tell you to pick answer B because sugar is b-a-d, right?! But in reality, if you had to choose between the two, the healthier option would be the organic sugar soda.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to tell you that you shouldn't be careful about sugar. Sugar in the wrong forms (too much, processed, refined, pesticide-filled, GMO) definitely can be detrimental to our health, but the chemicals that are being fed to my sugar-free friends are even more dangerous. The artificial sweeteners that are taking the place of sugar are wreaking havoc on our health and is something we should never put near our bodies.

The most common artificial sweeteners that you will see in food are saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, sucralose, alitame, cyclamate, dulcin, equal, glucin, kaltame, mogrosides, nutrasweet, nutrinova, phenlalanine, splenda, sorbitol, sucralose, twinsweet, sweet 'n low, and xylitol. Now, if the names of those alone don't scare you out of eating them, the health risks might.

1. Artificial sweeteners change the way we taste food
Artificial sweeteners are drastically sweeter than regular sugar. For example if you're eating food with neotame, which is 7,000 times sweeter than sugar, your taste buds are being changed and dulled. Naturally sweet foods that are actually healthy for you such as fruit no longer satisfy and begin to taste gross. Contrary to popular belief, sugars in fruits and vegetables are not bad!! God literally gave us healthy options that satisfy our cravings for something sweet. Choose that over processed, chemical filled foods.

2. Artificial sweeteners make you crave more sugar
The exact opposite of what you want if you're trying to avoid sugar! Like I said above, the intensity of sweetness is insane in these artificial sweeteners and it's no doubt that it will leave you wanting more.

3. Artificial sweeteners higher the risk of diabetes and obesity
Now, this smells a bit fishy to me. Because they tell us that it's sugar that causes diabetes, right? So we should avoid sugar, right? (wrong, but we'll save that for another day). A study done showed that diet soda drinkers were 65% more likely to be overweight than people who didn't drink soda, and compared to people who drank regular soda, diet drinkers were still more likely to be overweight.

4. Artificial sweeteners are more addictive than cocaine
It's genius really. The food industry has found yet another way to keep people coming back for more. Not only have they convinced people they need to avoid sugar, but they pump them full of chemicals while doing so. In a study where lab rats were exposed to cocaine and then given the choice between cocaine and saccharin (an artificial sweetener), most rats chose saccharin. Diet soda and foods that contain these artificial sweeteners are more addicting than cocaine and waaay more addicting than real cane sugar could ever be.

Aside from the 4 health risks above, artificial sweeteners can cause many other health problems such as cancer because they are c h e m i c a l s. The next time you reach for the "sugar free", "diet" or "lite" option for a drink or snack, remember that sugar free is keyword for chemical shitstorm.

Artificial sweeteners can be found in not only diet and sugar free foods but things you would least expect such as toothpaste, mouthwash, vitamins, medicines, candies, processed meat, and so much more. This is why reading ingredients and choosing real, organic, whole foods is the most important thing you can do for your health.

Please read these articles for further information:
5 Worst Artificial Sweeteners
7 Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame Articles
Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer Risk

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