Aspartame vs Sugar
Is Aspartame BAD for you? What are the side effects of aspartame? Is sugar any better? This article explains some of the effects of sugar and aspartame on the human body.
Carbohydrates are carbohydrates – all starches are eventually converted into sugar (glucose), making it academic whether you choose to eat rice, potatoes, or a candy bar.
Let us continue to take another look at carbohydrates – specifically, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and stimulants. One misleading statement is that sugar gives us energy. Millions of individuals with hypoglycemia have discovered that sugar can create fatigue and numerous other neurotic symptoms. Millions of diabetics have learned to avoid sugar in order to retain the privilege of living; and for the 75% of those overweight and have a biological imbalance involving insulin, sugar stimulates the overproduction of insulin, which promotes fat storage.
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THE SUGAR-STRESS CYCLE
SUGAR AND SOFT DRINKS
Even though North Americans are using record amounts of artificial sweeteners, they’re also consuming record amounts of sugar, thanks in part to soft drinks (sodas). Most of the following statistics come from a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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CAFFEINE AND WEIGHT LOSS
Soft drink (Soda)
Refined sugars are found in an inordinate number of commercial foods. Regardless of their names, all refined sugars react within the body in a similar manner, resulting in the predictable nutritional and health defects that refined sugars are known to cause. The dilemma is that sugar offers no nutritional value, being devoid of all trace vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and proteins. In fact, this hidden sugar is creating a wide range of health problems. Scientific studies have correlated rising incidences of diseases directly related to the consumption of refined sugars. Diabetes, stroke, cancer, senility, arthritis, hypertension, behavioral disorders, learning deficits, obesity, and blood sugar disorders are just a few.
Aspartame Side Effects – Be Aware
Aspartame accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many of these reactions are very serious, as disclosed in a February 1994 Department of Health and Human Services report. The report lists 90 different documented symptoms and side effects that were caused by using aspartame. Research has shown that excess aspartate and glutamate consumption slowly begins to destroy neurons. The large majority (75%+) of neutral cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed.
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ASPARTAME AND SACCHARIN IN WEIGHT LOSS
- The brain has a conditioned response in reaction to something that is sweet.
- It is called “cephalic phase response”.
- This response is established as a result of a life long experience with sugar, and the body’s perception of the arrival of new energy (sugar).
- When the taste of an artificial sweetener such as aspartame stimulates the tongue, the brain programs the liver to prepare for the arrival of new energy (sugar) from outside.
- The liver, in turn, stops the manufacture of starch and protein from reserves in the body, and instead begins to store the glucose (energy) that is circulating in the blood stream.
- Foods having a sweet taste without the accompanying calories (sugar-free usually = low calories) stimulate the taste buds, creating an urge to eat and thus overeat.
- It is the liver that produces the signals and the urge to eat. The cephalic phase response triggers the release of insulin, which stores sugar in the blood stream.
- This creates low blood sugar, which leads to the development of increased cravings and appetite.
- Studies have shown that this urge to eat more food after using artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can last up to 90 minutes after the meal or snack.
- It has been shown that the brain retains the urge to eat for a long time, when the taste buds for sugar are stimulated, without any sugar having entered the system.
- The sweet taste of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame will cause the brain to program the liver to store supplies rather than release supplies from its storage.
- This may be the reason why individuals who use diet soda for weight loss may suffer the need for repeated stimulation of the taste buds with sugar stimulation.
DOCUMENTED SYMPTOMS LISTED AS BEING CAUSED BY ASPARTAME
ADVERSE EFFECTS THAT CAN BE TRIGGERED OR WORSENED BY THE INGESTION OF ASPARTAME
The use of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame for their false stimulation of “nerve terminals” that register the entry of “energy” supplies into the body can cause an increase in weight, due to insulin stimulation. Research shows that as many as 75% of overweight individuals and 40% of normal weight individuals suffer from a biological imbalance involving insulin. Insulin tells the body not to burn any stored fat. So, drinking diet soda and having elevated insulin levels can have a compound effect: glucose in the bloodstream gets converted to new fat, and the old fat does not get metabolized (burned).
Body fat can’t be burned when the body is converting glucose into more body fat. Using artificial sweeteners (aspartame) without a thorough understanding of their long term effects in the body, because they pleasantly stimulate the taste buds, is shortsighted. The stimulating effect of artificial sweeteners and aspartame on the cell physiology in the brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and other endocrine glands, will, in the long run create an imbalance in body chemistry.
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