As a parent, you are likely doing what you can to protect your family. When your kids were born, you made sure they had an up to date car seat to travel in when you were driving them around. You never left your kids unattended in a tub or a pool. While you likely had many safety measures in place, there is one that is often forgotten or overlooked. This big safety concern or silent killer I’m talking about is sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Although I have done several talks on sugar over the years, it seems that I still need to continue to talk about this silent killer as I often see more and more people consuming it. Those of you that know me know that I’m not a fan of sugar, but that doesn’t make the artificial sweeteners a better option. I want to explain why these artificial sweeteners are bad too.
Sugar has been linked to a whole host of health problems over the years including allergies, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, ADD, and ADHD just to name a few. Before you grab a food or beverage product that says its sugar free, please read on to learn what these terms really mean and what you should look for on the ingredient label.
Did you know that these artificial sweeteners can also affect your gut microbiome? A collaborative study published in Molecule was done by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negve (BGU) in Israel and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k). The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners.
Another study published in the journal Gut discovered that the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners while pregnant increased body fat in their offspring and disrupted their gut microbiota — the trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the intestinal tract and affect our health and risk of numerous diseases.
Often sugar-free means that an artificial sweetener is in the food or beverage item. Here is a list of some artificial sweeteners.
If you are wondering what effects these artificial sweeteners have had on you, Nutrition Response Testing can help determine the effects of this sweet poison on your body. Please call our office today at 507-333-5388 to schedule your Nutrition Response Testing appointment.
Another option to help cleanse your body from the toxicity of this sweet poison would be the 21 Day Purification Program from Standard Process. Click here to read more about this program. https://www.humfeldchiropractic.com/21-day-purification-program/.
- Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 July 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170717091043.htm
- Dorin Harpaz, Loo Yeo, Francesca Cecchini, Trish Koon, Ariel Kushmaro, Alfred Tok, Robert Marks, Evgeni Eltzov. Measuring Artificial Sweeteners Toxicity Using a Bioluminescent Bacterial Panel. Molecules, 2018; 23 (10): 2454 DOI: 10.3390/molecules23102454
- University of Calgary. “Low-calorie sweeteners do not mean low risk for infants: New research shows the impact ‘diet’ ingredients have on body weight and gut microbiota.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 January 2020. sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200129174510.htm