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Posted on 10-04-2016
Sugar Replacement Options
I’ve been getting many questions lately about using aspartame as a sweetener as a replacement for sugar.
All the science indicates this is a bad idea. The side effects of ingesting aspartame run the gamut, from anxiety attacks to weight gain, from arthritis to tremors. There are over 91 long-term and/or immediate side effects directly attributable to aspartame. As well as, many “disease” processes such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ADD and depression to name a few.
To understand why these conditions occur we have to get into a little chemistry, so bear with me here, I’m going to summarize the process.
When ingested, aspartame breaks down into 1. Phenylalanine 2. Aspartic acid 3. Methanol
Blood levels of phenylalanine are elevated in aspartame users. This can affect the brain chemistry which may account for the brain effects associated with use such as foggy thinking, short memory, depression etc.
Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin to the brain. It causes certain cells to be overstimulated resulting in these neurons dying. It’s chemically related to MSG or monosodium glutamate, thus it copies many of the MSG side effects, headache, nervousness, insomnia etc.
Methanol makes up 10% of the breakdown products of aspartame. When it comes in contact with your digestive enzymes, methanol forms the chemicals formalin and formaldehyde, NASTY neurotoxins. Remember biology class with the frogs pickled in formaldehyde? That’s what you’re drinking.
All these chemicals affect the liver as it tries to remove them from your blood stream. This slows down the removal process and even though it’s “0 calories” you still gain weight.
People then ask, “well what do I use as a sweetener?” If you’re not diabetic use a bit of cane sugar or Stevia. Or if you are diabetic, then just Stevia. Stevia actually helps control/balance your blood sugar while providing the sweet taste.
The most important part of the picture is to wean yourself off the sweet taste you’re used to. It’s a long process but worth it in the end.
Science shows that limiting the empty calories of sweeteners leads to a healthier longer life.
-Dr. Victor Korwitts, D.C.
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