We have become so paranoid about dieting and falsely thinking if we use diet foods we are doing ‘the right thing’ to overcome the obesity issue. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Firstly diet manufactured goods are usually more processed than ever so contain less nutrition and less nutrition causes us to feel hungry so we eat more and the cycle continues.
Secondly diet foods contain artificial sweeteners derived from aspartame.
Aspartame is a chemical sweetener – very cheap to produce and added to all diet foods and non-sugar foods, lollies and drinks. People get the false impression that they are cutting down on sugar but in effect they don’t lose weight on these foods – usually the opposite.
Any foods labelled diet foods like yogurt, soft drinks, gum and sugar free lollies has aspartame derivatives in it – Splenda, equal, nutrasweet. etc
The body immediately breaks aspartame into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Methanol is further broken down into formaldehyde and formate.
So what effect does this have on our children?
Methanol can reach high enough levels to cause oxidative stress to the brain. This is the same effect that is caused by free radicals. Chronic incidents of this stress will cause faster brain aging, and could contribute to the development of anxiety disorders, learning impairment, and depression.
Other side effects of Aspartame are fatty liver, muscle spasms, vision loss, hearing loss, tinnitus, fibromyalgia symptoms, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, joint pain, anxiety, depression, slurred speech or memory loss.
Many people have been wrongfully diagnosed as epileptic or to have MS and treated medically for these conditions and yet when eliminating diet foods and beverages (the artificial sweeteners) they often recover and lose most, if not all, the above symptoms.
Some of these additives won’t have an immediate effect but over time the accumulation in the organs may create many health issues.
Be aware an artificial sweetener is also added to toothpaste and for children’s toothpaste a couple of colours as an added bonus. Quickest way to absorb these sweeteners is under the tongue. Whoops – so it is not only the foods a child (or adult) consumes but also the toothpaste used.
The best way to avoid aspartame is to entirely eliminate artificially sweetened foods and drinks from the diet. To do this one has to stay clear of all diet, light, lite, zero sugar and sugar free foods and beverages … and change the toothpaste to a safe one.
If sugars added to foods are absolutely necessary, healthier choices include coconut sugar, agave nectar, and raw honey.