The Sour Reality of Artificial Sweeteners

The Sour Reality of Artificial Sweeteners

How These Low-Calorie “Cheats” are Making You Fat, and the Best NATURAL Alternative

There are chemicals hiding in our food, drinks, and even some supplements, silently sabotaging our health. These chemicals were long touted as healthy diet solutions. You can find them in nearly all low-calorie foods, and in pink, blue or yellow packets at the local coffee shop or restaurant. Even our drinking water is contaminated.

Not So Sweet After All

Artificial sweeteners are now proven to contribute to diabetes and weight gain. You’ve seen it in the news— The Washington Post, New York Times, and even Forbes addresses what this means for diet soda lovers.

In what USA Today refers to as a “beautifully performed and elegantly done” study published by Nature we see that by affecting and interacting with our gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners are implicated in glucose intolerance and metabolic disease in more than half of study participants.

This means that humans and mice, alike, experience dramatic increases in blood sugar after consuming aspartame, saccharine, and sucralose. This is direct proof that these “zero calorie” sweeteners have health consequences equal to, if not worse than, regular refined white sugar.

A study of sucralose (Splenda) determined that when subjects were given this artificial sweetener, their intestinal probiotic bacteria decreased by half compared to those not given Splenda. This alone could greatly compromise immune system function, digestion and blood sugar regulation, not to mention other functions of gut/brain connection that have yet to be discovered. Advancements in the understanding of this relationship are beginning to shed light on the underlying causes of obesity, diabetes and metabolic disease.

How to Beat the ‘Cheat’

While artificial sweeteners are widely used in processed food and drinks, they are easy to avoid once you know what to look for. Special water filtration can prevent these chemicals from sneaking into your home, and a high quality probiotic can help fortify your gut bacteria and reverse its flora loss.

What to Avoid

Look for ingredients ending in –ame, –tol, and –ose.  The brand names that these surreptitious sweeteners use include Equal, Splenda, and Sweet’n Low.

The popularity of sugar alcohols has also increased in recent years, despite their tendency to cause migraine headaches, gas, bloating and diarrhea. Xyltiol is especially regaled and widely used in low carb diets, skinny foods, and dental hygiene despite serious potential complications. Diarrhea is very common after consuming xylitol, and the potential for elevated blood sugar and even life-threatening allergic reactions exist. Not to mention that xylitol is deadly for dogs—even a small amount can have a toxic effect on the canine liver.

We strongly recommend steering clear of any food or drink containing the following ingredients:

  • Acesulfame
  • Aspartame
  • Erythritol
  • Mannitol
  • Saccharin
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucralose
  • Xylitol

Choose This Natural Alternative

After reviewing all the research, Stevia is still our preferred natural sweetener, and for good reason! Stevia is derived from the perennial shrub Stevia rebaudiana. Long used in Japan as a natural sweetener, Stevia is now more widely available in the United States and Canada.

Not only does Stevia pose none of the health risks that artificial sweeteners do, scientific studies actually prove that this naturally sweet alternative helps reverse the health detriments that are associated with aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, and even natural sugar.

A study published in Appetite compared the effects of stevia, sucrose, and aspartame on participants. In the study stevia improved postprandial glucose and insulin levels, whereas sucrose and aspartame caused blood sugar irregularities. Stevia also increased insulin sensitivity, a major benefit to anyone coping with diabetes.

According to the MSK Cancer Center, stevia lowers hypertension, making it an asset to a population increasingly at risk for heart disease and stroke. Suppressing inflammatory mediators is another feature of this time-tested herb, which imparts the amazing quality of discouraging tumor growth.

So it is no wonder why UNI KEY has long used stevia as the only sweetener in protein powders. Our Fat Flush Whey Protein and Fat Flush Body Protein are main features in the world-renowned Fat Flush Plan by Ann Louise Gittleman. Thousands have been incredibly successful in losing weight, detoxifying, pH balancing and maintaining their results with this naturally sweet secret ingredient.

Care to join in on the success and protect yourself and loved ones from the dangers of artificial sweeteners? Give Fat Flush Body Protein or Fat Flush Whey Protein a try and see for yourself!

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Nature 514, 181–186 (09 October 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13793

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Appetite (S. Anton et al. Appetite. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2010.03.009; 2010.)

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Comments (6)

  • Jamie Hamm October 31, 2014 - 5:17 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for explaining the artificial sweetener in this article. So informative. Finally, answered guestions I’ve needed to pass on to friends who needed to know. Thanks Sierra. Jamie

  • Robin November 20, 2014 - 1:19 pm Reply

    This is good information. What are your thoughts on Agave Nectar? I had read that it was just as bad as HFCS, but the owner of my gym insists that in 1 serving daily it isn’t bad. Thanks.

    • Admin December 9, 2014 - 7:20 pm Reply

      Hi Robin! Agave has a higher fructose content than any other common sweetener, more even than high fructose corn syrup. Fructose does not readily raise blood sugar (glucose) levels because the body doesn’t metabolize it well. New research suggests that excessive fructose consumption disturbs liver function and promotes obesity. The less fructose you consume, the better.

  • Kelli December 22, 2014 - 8:47 pm Reply

    Do you know if unheated honey is safe?

    • Admin December 30, 2014 - 5:47 pm Reply

      Hi Kelli! Unheated honey is safe because it has an enzyme (glucose oxidase) which produces the antibacterial, antimicrobial hydrogen peroxide, a well-known disinfectant. Honey isn’t processed to make it safe, it is processed to increase shelf life and improve the appearance. Thanks for the question!

  • Pam Jadwick May 29, 2015 - 10:25 am Reply

    I use stevia, but please warn people that not all “brands” of stevia are the same because they contain additives like maltodextrine to give that 1:1 ratio for recipes. Just learn to adjust to a tiny bit of stevia and skip the extra carbs. Imagine if 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup sugar how much extra filler junk is added to make it 1:1!!!

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