For years, we’ve been telling you that artificial sweeteners are one of the worst things you can put in your body. They have been linked to leukemia, bladder cancer, metabolic syndrome, impaired liver and kidney function, headaches, and diarrhea.
And if that wasn’t enough, a study in the journal Stroke found that people who drank diet soda were 89 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and 96 times more likely to have a stroke.
Plus, artificial sweeteners cause you to put on weight—not lose it.
But the artificial sweetener industry, determined to keep their multi-billion dollar profits intact, repeatedly declares their products pose no health risks. They’ve gone so far as to pay doctors millions of dollars to phony up research showing sweeteners cause no harm.1
Now a massive new independent study confirms what we’ve told you all along: Artificial sweeteners are powdered death.
Researchers from the University of Manitoba in Canada conducted a review of 37 studies that followed over 400,000 people for up to 10 years.
They found that artificial sweeteners have no effect on weight in the short term. But as a person uses them longer, they start to pack on the pounds. The research shows that the longer people use sweeteners, the higher their risk for weight gain and obesity.2
They also found that people who regularly consume one or more diet soda a day are at higher risk for diabetes and heart disease.3
Dr. Meghan Azad is an assistant professor in the pediatrics department at the University of Manitoba. She led the study. “There’s an assumption that when there are zero calories, there is zero harm,” she said. “There’s more to it than calories alone.”4
Dr. Azad said it’s no coincidence that America’s obesity and diabetes epidemics coincide with the widespread use of artificial sweeteners.
“Caution is warranted,” she warned, “given the widespread and increasing use of artificial sweeteners, and the current epidemic of obesity and related diseases.”5
How Artificial Sweeteners Wreck Your Health
Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), saccharine (Sweet ’N Low), aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), and acesulfame potassium (Sunette, Sweet One) interfere with your body’s microbiome. This is the collection of bacteria in your gut critical to many aspects of your health.
The sweeteners also send signals to the brain that tell it intense sweetness has been consumed. The brain expects a flood of calories to hit the body. When the calories don’t arrive, the brain demands them. It sends out massive hunger pang signals. So you end up eating more calories than you would have otherwise.6
Safe Sweet Alternatives
You don’t have to risk your health to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are healthy alternatives to artificial sweeteners:
Raw Honey. Make sure it is not refined, and look for 100% organic raw honey. The darker the honey, the more nutrients.
Blackstrap Molasses. Not to be confused with regular molasses, blackstrap is a byproduct of sugar cane. It’s loaded with healthy minerals and doesn’t flood your body with sugar or spike your glycemic load.
Stevia. This low calorie natural substance is made from the leaves of a plant native to South America. Its glycemic index is zero. Make sure to buy organic.
And just say “no” to diet soda. It is the top source of artificial sweeteners for most Americans. You’re better off with sugar-sweetened soft drinks, even though they have their own set of health dangers. Instead, try club soda with fresh fruit juice squeezed into it.
If it is not sweet enough for you, add a few drops of one of the natural sweeteners above.
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