Friday, November 26, 2010

Sweet Poison

**Before taking any credit for the title of this post, or the majority of the information I have below, I would like to direct you to this link. But I am going to incorporate information I already know, as well as some of the information I got from that sight. 
I love that she calls aspartame sweet poison. To start out, though, what exactly is aspartame? Aspartame is a dangerous chemical food additive. Furthermore, it is most devastating to children and women that are pregnant. But beyond that, it harms everyone, no matter what age you are.
The problem with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame is this: when we eat sugar, our body registers sweetness and comes to understand that very sweet things mean lots of calories. When you drink or eat things with artificial sweeteners (like diet soda), your body thinks “here’s the sweetness, but there aren’t many calories – that must mean I have to eat a lot of sweet things to get my needed calories.” Then the next time you are given something sweet to eat, your body doesn’t recognize how many calories it is getting, so you eat more and your body doesn’t try as hard to burn those calories.

Despite that harmful side effect, what's worse is the fact that aspartame dissolves in solution, so it is carried through our whole body. Therefore, it can effect us in a range of ways that most people would never attribute to eating something with an artificial sweetener.
Here are just some of the side effects:
Eyes: pain, decreased vision, blurry vision or decreased tear production
Neurologic: headaches, dizziness, hyperness, restless legs
Psychological: depression, anxiety, insomnia
Gastrointestinal: abdominal pain, nausea

So a lot of these are pretty generic symptoms, right? I think the main point is that a lot of the day to day aches and pains that we seem to be getting more and more frequently could be a result of what we are eating. Actually, most likely they are. When you are filling your body with things with artificial sweeteners and preservatives, our bodies don't know what to do with it, so it reacts. So next time you don't feel so great after eating, think about what you ate and try to make some changes. Avoid "sugar free" things, or foods that have a long shelf life. Your body will thank you!

*Aspartame is only one of many artificial sweeteners. Take some time to do some research and find out all the names this "poison" can hide behind, so when you look at ingredients you will know!
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