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Artificial Sweeteners And Their Impact On Your Health

I have an issue with artificial sweeteners.  I understand that they may help you short term, but what about the long term?  Even though many are claimed to be “natural”, are they really?

They may start as a natural herb or extract, but then they have to go through a lot of processing to become edible as a sugar substitute.  Once they processing occurs your body actually has a harder time using them because the chemical make-up has been changed.

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Our bodies are designed to use naturally occurring chemical compounds.  When it doesn’t have these compounds, your body does not really know what to do with it – it makes its own best guess.

This guess may be wrong, meaning it may be stored as fat, reacted to as a virus or bacteria, or even stent o the wrong place.  This causes your whole system to be upset and can lead to things such as cancers, higher risks of heart disease, etc. 

So let me ask you this, is it worth the risk?

Artificial sweeteners have given real sugar a bad reputation.

Your body needs the sugar to create energy.  When people talk about sugar, they are talking about refined sugar, however the general public (with the help of “fad” diets) have taken this to mean ALL sugar.

The refined sugar is “bad” (taken lightly) for you because it has lost its nutrients and gained other chemicals through the processing.  There are many natural sugars out there that come from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, maple syrup (I’m talking about the real stuff here that has not been processed by an industry), honey, cane sugar, beet sugar, and raw sugar – all of these I am referring to are those that have not gone through the processing industry.  Your body needs these sugars to function properly, burn the correct fuel, and send nutrients to the correct places.

Once the sugar has gone through the industrial processing, it loses many of the codes it uses to tell your body that you are full, need to burn energy, need to create insulin, and many other functions.  This is why you are losing that code that tells you that you have had enough sweets or food.  It has lost these codes.

Here is one example: Too much sugar depresses the immune system by preventing Vitamin C from doing its job.  White blood cells need high levels of Vitamin C within the cell structure to fight viruses and bacteria.  Sugar has a very similar chemical composition to Vitamin C, Which means that it will start replacing it in the blood cells.  When this happens the Vitamin C is unable to enter the blood cells.

The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week.  In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. from 26 pounds to 135 pounds of sugar per person per year.  Prior to the turn of this century the average consumption was only 5 pounds per person per year.

What are your thoughts about these astounding numbers?  Let me know what you think below.

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