Sweet Danger Lurking On Store Shelves
By Dr. Shane Taffe
In our never ending quest to prevent disease and build health in our lives, an eminent battle takes place nearly every day from an unsuspecting foe: your local grocery store. That’s right, your grocery store has become a battlefield littered with deadly mines of health threatening consequences. Some of the players in the war are often hard to navigate away from because of their ability to sneak up on you in thousands of different products all over the shelves.
One of those deadly players is artificial sweeteners. They hide behind the names of Nutrasweet, Equal, and Splenda, but often go by aspartame and sucralose and can be found at any restaurant or coffee shop hiding behind small, colorful packets. These chemical concoctions drummed up in a science lab wreak havoc all over the body. Aspartame has the most complaints reported to the FDA’s Adverse Reaction Monitoring System, accounting for 75 percent of all complaints as a food additive. An independent 2007 study conducted at the Ramazzini Institute in Italy showed aspartame to be a multi-potential carcinogen.
By far the greatest reason people consume diet drinks and food products is the notion that it is healthier for them and will help them lose weight as compared to the other high sugar items. The fact is that is not the case. A recent study showed a 41 percent increased risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink consumed daily. The artificial sweeteners activates receptors in the brain tricking it to think that sugar is coming, but when none appears your body begins to crave sugar which leads to over-eating.1
Aspartame is classified as an excitatory neurotoxin or “excitotoxin” which cause neuronal cell damage as they “excite” or stimulate brain cells to death. Long term exposure of aspartame has been shown to contribute to many chronic disease processes which include multiple sclerosis, ALS, memory loss, hormonal problems, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and brain lesions.2
Symptoms of acute reactions to aspartame by products include:
- Abdominal pains
- Fatigue (blocks sufficient glucose entry into brain)
- Sleep problems
- Vision problems
- Anxiety attacks
- Asthma/chest tightness
Aspartame is a deadly ticking time bomb located all over your grocery store shelves in countless products. Anything diet, low-fat, or sugar-free is certain to contain this excitotoxin. This is just one of the grocery store culprits who aim at taking your health. You must fight back against the enemies to ensure your health freedom.
There is a new sweetener that may be even more dangerous, though!
Neotame is the newest artificial sweetener developed by the Monsanto Chemical Corporation. As Monsanto’s patent for aspartame was ending, they had to come up with another sweetener in order to not lose market share and more importantly, keep their pocket books full. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, aspartame, Neotame is yet another threat to the health and safety of our food system.
What exactly is Neotame? Neotame is an artificial sweetener that is formed by adding 3-dimethylbutyl to aspartame. It has been reported to be 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose) and 30 times sweeter than aspartame. It is currently being used commercially in over 1000 food products and due to its heat stability can be used in baked goods.
Neotame is toxic and dangerous to your health! The 3-dimethylbutyl used in the manufacturing of Neotame is listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical list as “hazardous”. There have been no independent studies done on Neotame and the long term effects are unknown.
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