I wrote over 2 years ago on this site about artificial sweeteners and aspartame side effects (see Aspartame Side Effects – Is There A Link?). Now ProHealth has published some information on artificial sweeteners from Dr. Scott Olson, ND, author of Sugarettes: Sugar Addiction and Your Health.
It’s hard to know what to believe because there is so much conflicting information out there on several foods and food additives but artificial sweeteners seem to always get the same “reviews” with diffeerent researchers and doctors reporting that artificial sweeteners are extremely unhealthy and bad for us.
I admit that I am addicted to Diet Pepsi and I have drank diet soda since I was 13 years old so I hate reading thesereports. I have tried many times to give up my diet soda addiction but have been unsuccessful in my attempts. I quit smoking 11 years ago and that habit was easier to break than giving up my Diet Pepsi.
The news put out there on artificial sweeteners has to be especially conflicting for diabetics who don’t have a choice – they have to use artificial sweeteners. What other options do they have?
Dr. Olson says that people start using artificial sweeteners for two reasons: to lose weight and to suppress their sugar addiction. But he claims that artificial sweeteners do neither. In fact, he says artificial sweeteners will make sugar cravings worse.
Artificial sweeteners also deal an additional health-blow by introducing chemicals that either shouldnt be in your body, or that you body has a hard time dealing with.
According to Dr. Olson, the health problems associated with artificial sweeteners like aspartame& saccharine are many and there are many reasons why they should be avoided and these are the reasons why:
- Artificial sweetenersdo nothing to breakan addiction to sweet-tasting foods.
- Artificial sweeteners can cause you to consume more calories than if you werent eating them in the first place. Dr. Olson explains, “The most likely cause of overeating with artificial sweeteners is the bodys insulin response. Your bodys response to a sweet taste in your mouth is to release insulin. When insulin is released, it pushes blood sugar lower. This lowered blood sugar may be the root of the reason why you are more likely to eat more: lower blood sugar means you feel hungry.”
- The side effects of artificial sweeteners include headaches, diarrhea, neurological symptoms just to name a few.
- Many artificial sweeteners have been linked to diseases and are under investigation for different disease connections.
Dr. Olson recommends avoiding sugar but if you are looking for a sugar substitute, choose natural alternatives like Stevia and Xylitol.
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