It is nearly impossible to walk into a convenience shop or restaurant without being offered a dose of artificial sweetener like aspartame. You can’t buy chewing gum or a box of mints without having to read the label like a hawk, because it’s not always obvious that a product contains aspartame. Would you like some excitotoxin with your coffee or fruit yogurt? Do you even know what excitotoxins are? They are chemical substances, like aspartame, that cause neurons to fire spasmodically. This eventually burns out, or damages, the neurons. Decades of research supports the belief that aspartame causes painful, often debilitating headaches and even more serious disease.
People who have been drinking these fizzy drinks for years might argue they have never got a headache from them. But that experience might change if they were to stop using aspartame for a few months and then start again – their sensitivity to the chemical would be heightened and headaches more likely. Furthermore, all the thin people I know (including myself) wouldn’t touch either diet soft drinks, or regular soft drinks for that matter – they are simply off the menu for anyone concerned with their health.
But the real problem with artificial sweeteners today is their skyrocketing use in low-carb foods: Sucralose is used in practically every low-carb food bar, drink, snack, recipe or meal. And Sucralose quite possibly has the same effect as aspartame in this case: it trains your body to over-consume genuine refined carbohydrates when you encounter them. Manufacturers, marketers and others with financial interests have successfully convinced millions of consumers the chemicals used in artificially sweetened products are safe. But this might not be the case.
High sugar consumption can also lead to adrenal exhaustion, common symptoms of which include feeling mentally and emotionally stressed, sugar and salt cravings, moodiness, and feeling weak and lethargic.
The best alternatives
Stevia – suitable for people on a candida diet and for diabetes with moderation
Xylitol – doesn’t spike blood sugar levels,anti-bacterial and actually helps prevent dental cavities.
Honey (I recommend Manuka honey, or raw honey in small quantities)
Agave syrup, Date syrup, Rice syrup only with moderation
Brown sugar is a gimmick – it’s just white sugar with a brown coloring and flavoring added. Search for quality pnela unrefined cane sugar!
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