Sugar substitutes – Very harmful!
Many consider that sugar substitutes are a good alternative, that can be used in everything, from drinks and ending with cakes and candies because they don’t contain calories, so, they don’t fatten. People consume these items thinking they are effective because they are low in calories. Recent studies show otherwise. People who consume the most so-called diet drinks have the most problems with weight.
A study conducted on 75,000 women aged between 50 and 69, found that those who used sugar substitutes, over time, have gained more weight than those didn’t used them. In another study, 30 volunteers drank for 2 weeks only diet drinks, unsweetened, consumed more foods and have gained more weight than when were allowed to consume sugar-sweetened beverages.
Today it is known that the use of various sugar substitutes submit a number of unknown problems to the population.
First, various artificial sugars boosts the sensation of hunger, increase the appetite, favoring the calories intake. Artificial sugar increase or at least maintain the desire for sugar, honey and sweets in general, which for diabetics is very bad.
When we use a sugar substitute, on nervous way, the sweet taste is signposted to the brain which not being able to distinguish the difference, commands the pancreas to secret insulin. The pancreas executes as long as it can, and secrets more insulin, which lowers the hypoglycaemia sometimes to breakpoints, causing a pressing need to eat with a voracious appetite. But there is another aspect, perhaps even more dangerous: high levels of insulin have many harmful effects, particularly on blood vessels.
In the United States, annual consumption of artificial sweetening substances is 10 kg per person, but despite this amounts, the sugar consumption is constantly increasing.
Sugar substitutes are known for better than 100 years.
These chemicals outweigh the sweetening potency of the sugar from 10 to 2,000 times and, except the aspartame, does not provide calories. The most known is SACCHARIN. Most sugar substitutes today represent a mixture of 10 parts cyclamate and 1 part saccharin.
Animal studies show that saccharin favors particularly the bladder cancer. In the US, foods and drinks containing saccharin must carry a label that alert the consumer that has a potential carcinogenic effect. In Canada the saccharin marketing is prohibited.
ASPARTAME is another substance used to sweeten drinks, desserts and many other foods. At the World Conference For The Environment has been discussed lot about this substance. It’s suspected that aspartame would be involved in the cases of multiple sclerosis multiplying and dermatological damage.
At a temperature of 300C, the methanol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then, through oxidation becomes formic acid, that tends to acidify the blood. Some believe that the methanol toxicity made that, wrongly, to establish the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Large amounts of methanol can cause blindness.
In the retina, the methanol is transformed into formaldehyde, a toxic substance. Nancy Markle says in reference to aspartame: “If, after you have consumed aspartame, have colic, pain in the form of stinging and lower limb numbness, dizziness, headache, listlessness, fear feeling, speaking difficulty, visual and memory disturbances, then probably you have aspartame disease”. In the US, aspartame is contained in more than 5,000 of different products.
Aspartame troubles the brain chemistry too, as well as the blood sugar levels.
CYCLAMATE, with its major derivative, cicloxilamina, is still in the study, because is suspected to promote the development of tumors when is used along with a carcinogen.
The latest synthetic sugar substitute appeared on the market is ACESULFAME K, K is the chemical symbol for potassium. There’s no sufficient data to assess whether the substanceIs harmful or not yet. However, it is used. Most wise attitude is to give up on all sugar substitutes.