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Artificial sweeteners a bitter pill for our health

Beware:  Sugar-free

We don’t have to look far to see “No Sugar”, “Sugar-free” on labels of everything from biscuits to soft-drinks. Before heeding the call to consume sugar free products, read how damaging artificial sweeteners are for everyone’s health, especially children.

More recent research has revealed that artificial sweeteners are causing weight gain. This is due to a biochemical reaction that occurs in our brains, triggered by the artificial sweetener, which increases appetite for up to 90 minutes after consuming ’sugar free’ foods.

If you or your children regularly consume soft drinks, the article by Dr Mercola is essential reading: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/1/19/what-happens-to-your-body-within-an-hour-of-drinking-a-coke.aspx

Artificial sweeteners have been blamed for the continuing weight gain plaguing out population over recent decades. While the biochemistry involved is complex, the end result is simple: artificial sweeteners create an urge to eat more food within 90 minutes after their consumption. Considering that artificial sweeteners are found in soft drinks, cordials, chewing gum, taken in beverages and consumed in many other forms, this enhanced appetite leads to increased food intake and weight gain.

Aspartame breaks down to substances which are stimulants for specific tissue – these include nerves, reproductive organs and breasts. The constant stimulation of breast glands without the other factors associated with pregnancy has been implicated in the rise in the rate of breast cancer in women. The list of side-effects of aspartame is long and also includes cancer formation in the brain. One more action worthy of nots is the overtsimulation caused in children which may lead to use of harder drugs when they reach school age.

Source: The Body’s Many Cries for Water, pp104-111; F. Batmanghelidj, MD.