I got into work the other day and my staff asked me if I had seen
Channel 7’s Sunrise, as apparently there was a new study linking
artificial sweeteners as found in diet drinks to heart disease and
Thank goodness for technology as I was able to go straight to the
Channel 7 website and watch Mel interviewing the resident medical doctor
(a young woman) who had no idea that artificial sweeteners were a
problem, was surprised by the research and proceeded to say that the
staff on her front desk always had a diet drink in front of them. The
young doctor said that you would have to drink one diet drink a day for
it to be a problem, which she felt many people didn’t do, I believe the
re for just under 2 minutes, I felt this
was a gross injustice as to the severity of this yet again latest
research. How many times do we have to be told that artificial
sweeteners are dangerous and should be banned from any food or beverage
sold for human consumption.
The problem is profits and consumer demand. Many people go on a diet to
lose weight and drink diet drinks and foods with this artificial
sweetener in them in order to lose weight but consuming these may be
working against the weight issue.
Sweetness is a natural cue to the body, signaling incoming calories and
to increase metabolism. A study in the Journal of Behavioural
Neuroscience found artificial sweeteners appear to short circuit this
natural cue, so rather then increasing metabolism to process any extra
calories or to signal fullness it does nothing, and as a result, you not
only use less calories but it causes more fat to be produced. The study
goes onto say that if you consistently consume artificial sweeteners
then when you consume sugar the same short circuit occurs.
Researchers and scientists don’t even understand how artificial
sweeteners work in the body but the research consistently shows that it
is something that is doing more harm then good.
This latest research that links artificial sweeteners to heart disease
and stroke was presented February 10 at the 2011 International Stroke
Conference. The research done in conjunction with Columbia University
and the University of Miami tracked approximately 3300 New Yorkers for
just under a decade. Age (40 and above), daily calorie consumption,
exercise, alcohol use, smoking habits, blood pressure, cholesterol
levels and more were tracked over the period. It was found those
subjects who consumed diet sodas daily experienced a whopping 61 percent
higher risk of stroke and like that from an association who makes billions from diet
Besides diet drinks, what other foods contain aspartame?
Aspartame which contains aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol are
found in more then just low calorie beverages, so be aware and read your
Items frequently containing the artificial sweetener may include; breath
mints, diet ice creams, diet jams and jellies, diet soft drinks,
flavored waters, low-calorie juices, powdered juices, powdered
sweeteners, snack bars, sugar-free candies, baked goods, sugar-free
chewing gums, sugar-free gelatin, children’s medications, sugar-free
medications and much more.
On your food labels watch for the following, nutrasweet, aspartame,
sugar twin, acesulfame k, acesulfame potassium, Ace-K, Sunnett,
cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, sweet and low, sweet’n’low, amino
sweet, sweet twin, necta sweet, splenda, sucralose and neotame. These
artificial sweeteners are in approximately 6,000 food products in
grocery stores around the world.
I see no need to wait for more scientific documentation to make
alternative dietary choices and to not make this any part of your diet,
even if it is your only vice. If you think that ordinary soft/soda
drinks are the answer then think again. This month the free report is on
soft drinks and what they put into them and what it does to the body.
Please share this information with family and friends as many people eat
and drink food with no idea that it is making them sick and fat.