1,6-Dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-β-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-α-D-galactopyranoside: Sorry, I Mean SPLENDA

hfcs-artificial-sweetener-3-ebook LARGER VERSION

When last we left off, our topic of discussion was 80,000 chemicals. I will spare you the details of the 80,000 in favor of discussing just ONE category, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.

  • 1,6-Dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-β-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-α-D-galactopyranoside

  • N-(L-α-Aspartyl)-L-phenylalanine, 1-methyl ester

  • 2H-1λ6,2-benzothiazol-1,1,3-trione

  • potassium 6-methyl-2,2-dioxo-2H-1,2λ6,3-oxathiazin-4-olate

These 4 bullet points represent the chemicals approximately 74 million adults and 11 million children in the United States consume on a regular basis. When it’s too difficult to even pronounce the name of a chemical substance being ingested, it’s unlikely adding nutritional value to the ONE BODY each of us is confined to for life. The actual names for these chemicals are better known as:

  • sucralose (Splenda,)

  • aspartame (Nutrasweet,)

  • saccharin (Sweet and Low)

  • acesulfame (Sunett and Sweet One.)

Aspartame, Acesulfame and Sucralose were approved by the Food and Drug Administration as safe alternatives to sugar between 1981 and 1998. Saccharin’s U.S. approval dates back to 1912 before being banned in the 1970’s as carcinogenic. In 2000 saccharin made a “come back” when its warning labels were removed and placed back on the “safe alternative to sugar” list. Doctors began recommending these chemical sweeteners to their patients as “healthier” choices in the 1980’s. The purpose was to reduce sugar’s contributing role to cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

….AND THE RESULTS….

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main-qimg-720565913df807a39f150b5bacb94030 ABCWe have found these chemical alternatives to natural sweeteners have failed us and instead, produced additional risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. It has taken us over 25 years to discover the negative effects these artificial sweeteners cause while claiming all along they were safe alternatives. We now understand a CORRELATION between chemical artificial sweeteners and insulin resistance (contributing to diabetes), damage to the microflora (good bacteria) in the intestines (important for nutritional absorption,) damage to neural receptors (in the brain) responsible for addictive eating disorders (as well as letting us know when we are full) and metabolic syndrome (associated with high blood sugar, high blood pressure and an elevated body mass index.)

BUT

we can’t SPECIFICALLY CLAIM that artificial sweeteners DIRECTLY cause THESE health complications. You see, correlation and causation are very different terms. This leaves us with two choices:

1. We can choose political correctness and claim our government “watchdogs” (FDA, NIH) have deemed these artificial chemicals safe for consumption and accept their findings as credible

OR

2. Decide whether it makes more sense to consume REAL FOOD with REAL NUTRITIONAL VALUE in place of chemicals with uncertain health risks.

forehead-slap

Since the government, doctors and nutritionists have NEVER recommended we avoid REAL FOOD in favor of ARTIFICIAL CHEMICALS, common sense would dictate the second choice as the better option.

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SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF WE WANT TO SWEETEN OUR FOODS AND DRINKS?

  1. Consider stevia – It also helps to control blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure.

  2. Consider raw honey (IN SMALL AMOUNTS) – It contains antioxidants, offers antibacterial and antifungal properties, phytonutrients, and helps digestive issues.

  3. Consider eating fruits to satisfy the need for sweetness. Various colored fruits are full of anti-oxidants which protect our bodies from free radicals (atoms that destroy cells and make the body more susceptible to diseases.)

  4. Consider xylitol (IN SMALL AMOUNTS) – this sugar alcohol appears to be a safer alternative than other sugar alcohols, however, it is still chemically derived and therefore, my least favorable option.

begging kid AT 75%IS THAT POUTING AND WHINING I HEAR?

Some will say, “I don’t like stevia.” “I’m tired of fruits.” “Raw organic honey is so expensive.” “What the heck is xylitot?” My compassionate empathetic response is, “I understand, but I’m also certain you won’t enjoy daily insulin injections, frequent doctor visits, ongoing renewal of prescriptions, constant stress from weight issues, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and loss of function and quality living.” As much as I wish I had the power to grant a second chance at life, the reality is:

WE MUST ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR DECISIONS THE FIRST TIME AROUND.

IS AN ARTIFICIAL CHEMICAL SWEETENER REALLY WORTH DRAWING A BATTLE LINE IN THE SAND OVER CONSIDERING THE POTENTIAL RISKS?

 

 

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53 comments

  1. You won’t get a whine from me about stevia. I like it.

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    1. Lot’s of people like stevia. Lots of others simply like to complain. Then there are those seeking options to bettering their lives

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  2. Excellent post, again! There is so much to think about. There are so many products marketed to us that really have the potential to damage our health. Thank you again for all your hard work in putting this information together.

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    1. I believe in people and also believe some need a little extra convincing before they’re willing to separate themselves from harmful practices. Thank you for sharing your time with me and adding value to my articles.

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  3. I’ve been a xylitol proponent for a while, only because I use it (in careful amounts) in cooking – it seems to to better than stevia. As for fresh (organic) fruits – I love ’em. Pineapple I have to be careful with – and strawberries don’t seem to love me as much as I love them – but other than that … Plus I found a great truth in the old “an apple a day” adage …………

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    1. You’re a wise man to approach health from this perspective. I too am an “apple a day” man.

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  4. I like to put fruits and vegetables in my water to flavour it…and then, of course, to eat them!

    This reminds of a very sad blog that I read written by a dying man (I couldn’t follow the blog – it was too sad). He had several open heart surgeries and he said that he had a terrible attitude of feeling like he “beat” the disease with surgery and medication. He didn’t change his lifestyle and doctors now tell him he’s going to die and there’s nothing he can do. People often won’t make hard choices until it’s too late.

    I implore people not to wait for that moment.

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    1. I’ve mentioned before that PAIN and PLEASURE are the two greatest motivators to help people modify unhealthy behaviors. Hopefully these posts stimulate increased self worth to help guide people toward the side of PLEASURE over PAIN. Living a life of quality is significantly more rewarding than experiencing multiple episodes of unnecessary PAIN. I always leave the choice to the reader.

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  5. Very good post! good alternatives!

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    1. Glad to see you found the options realistic and viable.

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      1. I did and as you stated it is worth it for sure!

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  6. Did you see my recent post on Splenda? I had a serious reaction when I used a small amount over two days last week. NEVER-NEVER again!! This is bad stuff!

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    1. Yes I did. You are a perfect example of how an “innocuous” chemical compound can produce serious adverse responses. People need to see the reality up close and personal. Thank you for sharing this bit of REALITY!

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  7. Thirty years ago I became a vegetarian. Ten years ago I gave up alcohol. I didn’t have a problem with either, I just decided the risks were greater than the benefits. I continued to drink A LOT of diet soda. I figured if I drank regular soda in the amounts I do, I’d end up with obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. Like most people, I didn’t think the artificial sweeteners and other additives were a big deal. Last year, I pulled the plug on diet soda. I have not experienced any noticeable changes in my health, but i know I made the right move.

    I gave up meat, alcohol, and diet drinks the same way: Just abruptly quit. There was no big moment or deep thought. One day out of the blue I simply decided I was done. It really was that easy.

    There is absolutely zero health benefit to diet drinks. I urge readers to to themselves a huge favor and drop them completely.

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    1. I think you made a wise decision. I take vitamins and do not “feel” any differently. I know, however, the nutrients in our soil and ultimately our foods are often deficient from harvesting too frequently. Choosing a lifestyle because it potentially offers a healthier outcome places the advantage in the recipient’s corner. Just because our sensory system doesn’t confirm the benefits doesn’t mean our time and effort is wasted.

      More and more people are jumping on the bandwagon and choosing lifestyles which promote healthier and happier outcomes. Most of the decisions are truly based on COMMON SENSE. Sometimes our midbrain (pleasure center) dominates our frontal cortex (rational and cognitive center.) Addiction is a classic example demonstrating this imbalance. Diet drinks play a role that lead to this imbalance.

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  8. Am I the first one who loves honey? 🙂
    Great post, Dr. J! As usual.

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    1. There are other honey lovers. Not to worry! 🙂

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  9. I found out that taking artificial sweeteners also raises blood sugar. I was surprised as I did a test for fun after drinking diet drinks. So my motto is just plain old water…it hydrates and though I have also been told to drink alkaline water made with baking soda and lemon has its benefits, I have stopped short of doing it as I feel baking soda may not be good perhaps as it may cause stones(?)

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    1. You don’t need to alkalize water. Your diet can encourage an alkaline environment. Baking soda seems to throw the needle both ways. Some people say it might lead to gall stones; others say it cleared them of health issues. I don’t believe it is just the baking soda that correlates with stone formation.

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      1. True it may be linked to a high fat diet as well. Aah well…I guess different things may work for different people with different constituents

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  10. What an informative post Dr. Jonathan. Thank you!
    We all know to cut down our sugar in take for the sake of our health, but it’s hard to do so. I wonder what’s the difference between ‘raw honey’ and ‘normal honey’? For example, the honey I’m using right now is from the supermarket, are they okay enough?

    Vivienne X

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    1. This is just a little summary of the differences. Regular store bought honey is NOT a substitute I would recommend. If you need more info. just let me know.

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  11. Same question as Vivienne, is raw honey different? Not a huge sweet fan, cheese is another matter…

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    1. I am enclosing a link to a website with a picture that clearly shows the differences. THEY ARE HUGE!! Much is based on the processing. One provides beneficial nutrition and one offers a cheaper form of high fructose corn syrup and GMO sources. If you need more info after viewing the image, just let me know.

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      1. ok,thank you. I think I know a local source…

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  12. Never used the artificial sweeteners. I am using less sugar to sweeten my morning coffee. After that I don’t use any sweeteners at all. (I am sweet enough already).

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    1. Sounds like perfect moderation. You have the good fortune of being “sweet enough already!”

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  13. Natural is best. Everything in moderation.
    Love your post. I have read most of the info, as I have done lots of random research, but not much of late. I’m glad to see what I’m doing is the best I can, as advised with the evidence we have to date.
    I love the passion you show the public and your dedication and commitment to spreading the most correct health information available to date.
    Keep up the effort…we all appreciate it and often may not know how harmful things are for us otherwise. There is so much misinformation out there. Grateful for your dedication to correct this 😊

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  14. Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to sharing all the information I can with the world and leaving it up to them to decide its credibility and value. I work hard to remain open to new ideas and believe honest critical dialogue benefits everyone.

    I also look forward to following your work as well. It is wonderful to see such passionate commitment truly coming from the heart. Keep spreading the message.

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  15. Without others we cannot truly expand…they inspire us to continue and encourage us to look within. It’s all a blessing. 😊

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    1. Written beautifully!

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  16. I’m replacing coke zero with sweet tea made with reduced sugar

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    1. Removing chemicals from a diet is a wise decision. You might consider reducing your sweet tea consumption and replacing it with quality water as well. Tea (even with reduced sugar) acts as a diuretic that dehydrates the body. This doesn’t mean you need to abstain for sweet tea if you enjoy it. It means you may want to consider increasing your water consumption to provide your body (already consisting of 70-80% water) with an essential natural fluid the body requires for good health.

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      1. I’m the person who drinks about 2-3 liters of water a day to begin with. I have a very active job. My Coke Zero was two cans a day. Although, I thought avoiding high fructose corn syrup was a better choice. I never gave thought to the bacteria issue. Just the liver and if the body could metabolize the artificial sweetener

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        1. Naturally everyone must decide for him or herself, but I am not a fan of daily soft drinks. I was raised on huge amounts of soda and never suffered weight of diabetic issues. I will have a soft drink with my wife at a movie, but that is basically the only place I drink soda. If you could reduce your quantity down to 2 or 3 12 oz cans a week and flavor the water with lemons or lime, you would likely be better off. Just some advice from a doc that cares.

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          1. Its appreciated. I have found myself approaching 50. So I have started to look more at what I take in. I was raised with little salt and told to read labels. I will break out the lemons for the water. ☺

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  17. I do not do artificial sweeteners ever ! Natural fruits and raw honey nothing too hectic is as far as I will go, depending on what I am eating. I like to taste the real taste !

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    1. So nice to hear from someone that appreciates real food and real flavor. Is this typical where you live or have you discovered this healthier approach on your own?

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      1. I grew up with parents that believed in healthy eating, and my brother and I have followed through with this lifestyle, and have subsequently passed the healthy lifestyle onto our spouses and our children.
        Sadly South Africa and where I live is no different to the States and so forth when it comes to eating, there is still a massive percentage that flock to fast food joints and choose to consume unhealthy foods…It is really sad.

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        1. Thank you for sharing. I thought their might be a cultural influence. You were fortunate to have well informed parents with good disciplines. You and your current family will benefit greatly.

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  18. So appreciate the research put into your posts! Helps us all! Light and Love, Shona

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    1. Thank you Shona. I have found I have gained as much knowledge and creativity from this wonderful world of blogging as I have tried to give back. There is so much passion in this world, it helps block out the distractions all of face on a daily basis. I appreciate your kind words greatly.

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  19. I love raw honey. Use it for my tea as a substitute for sugar. Use to use sugar but switched over years ago and my body can take the taste of v white sugar anymore. I think if we give our body time, it will adjust to the health stuff.

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    1. Not only will it adjust, it will respond BETTER because we will be “feeding it” what it NEEDS!

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      1. So true. I use to think that was what my parents use to say to get me to eat healthy when I was young, but I have been drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day and I feel better than ever. Not only that but I prefer water over juice…so weird. I guess there is truth to that overall. Ok rant done!

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  20. Another wonderful post…I gave up spenda a couple years ago…changed to stevia for my coffee…and cutting that back as I go…but one of my favorite drinks is my morning coffee….I have hot for the first cup and now that I am down here I have changed to iced there after…LOL….its amazing at how much better I felt when I got off the spenda…I used equal before that…then spenda thinking I was being better to my body…not sure why I didn’t check into it more…just a blind believer back then…now its sugar in the raw…stevia…again thanks for another informational post…going on to facebook for sure….kat

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    1. We learn over time. I have made plenty of mistakes and will continue to do so having that nagging limitation of being human (LOL.) The trick is not to repeat the same mistake, but rather to learn from it and grow from it.

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      1. How true…like the definition of crazy…doing the same thing over and over…🌵

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  21. Stevia all the way. Whenever I want a sugar in my Tea or Coffee I head for a single Stevia sweetner and it does the trick.
    As you know I don’t eat processed foods so its all cooked from fresh and that mean NO ADDITIVES!
    For once I feel like I am on the winning team!!

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    1. You are definitely on the winning team. Keep up the good hard work!

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