3. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose get in the way of stomach bacteria and can cause diabetes and obesity based on a 2014 study published in the Nature journal. In addition, consuming artificial sweeteners for a long period of time can cause stomach obesity and weight gain.10 More specifically, here are some particular details regarding each substance:
Saccharin is found in products such as Sweet N’ Low, and was found to be deadly to rats in the early 1970’s. In fact, the rodents were much more likely to get cancer from saccharin as opposed to the rats that did not ingest it. In addition, it is also very bad for humans because it causes cancer, inflammation, heart disease, chronic disease, diabetes, and hormonal imbalances. Likewise, the Center for Science believes saccharin to be so unsafe for human consumption that it has been placed on the avoidance list when it comes to sweeteners.
Aspartame is found in NutraSweet and Equal and is present in 6,000 foods including sugarless gum, sodas, and cereals. According to the Neurology journal, some people have headaches because of aspartame. In addition, animal studies show a direct link to contracting cancer. Aspartame can even cause death in people with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare condition in which the body can’t break down phenylalanine, which is a main component of aspartame. The substance can also cause strokes and heart attacks. It is found in many diet sodas and can be linked to 75% of food reactions based on reports from the FDA.
Sucralose, which is also known as Splenda, can be responsible for changing sugar levels and releasing poisonous compounds while baking foods. It is also attributed with heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and obesity.
According to Brian St. Pierre, R.D., who is a nutrition and fitness coach of Precision Nutrition, whether you are talking about table sugar, coconut sugar, or other sweeteners, they all still deliver sugar to the body and can cause damage when used excessively. So, he suggests to keep your sugar intake in moderation, eat it very slowly, and keep your levels in the 5-10 percent of you daily caloric intake range. In addition, the American Heart Association suggests the following tips to help cut back on the amount of sugar you eat:
• Don’t add as much sugar as you normally do to pancakes, drinks, cereal, and other foods.
• Don’t drink as many pre-sweetened beverages.
• Read food labels and choose items that contain the smallest amounts of sugars.
• Use one-third of the regular amount of sugar you typically use when baking cakes.
• Use spices or extracts such as vanilla, cinnamon, almond, or ginger in place of sugar.
• Use fruit on oatmeal or cereal instead of sugar.
Making wise choices in regard to what you eat can dramatically affect you physically, mentally, and socially. You should try to stay with natural sugars and cut back on all of the processed sugar that is added during cooking, manufacturing, and at the dinner table. Processed sugars contain empty calories without any fiber or nutrients. So, there is no real nutritional value to be gained from eating these types of foods.