Another major hurdle to clear in your family’s diet transition are artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners include aspartame, MSG, and Splenda.
Aspartame (also known as aspartic acid, phenylalanine, phenylketonurics, Nutrasweet, Equal) is a very potent neurotoxin. It is 180 times as sweet as sugar. Dr. Russell Blaylock is a well-known neurosurgeon whose book, “Excitotoxins” chronicles the horrible effects of aspartame on the brain and nervous system. What an “excitotoxin” does is it fires a particular nerve pathway so much that it causes it to burnout and die. There is a fatty layer around all the nerves in your body called Myelin. This fatty layer is what is responsible for the nerve signal getting back and forth down your nerves. Aspartame destroys this fatty layer, creating gaps in the nerve. This creates physical symptoms very closely resembling Multiple Sclerosis. Aspartame is found in most products with the words “sugar free” on the front. Puddings, sugar free gum, diet soft drinks, and many many other products use aspartame to sweeten their product. In the body, aspartame turns into Formaldehyde!! So read your labels carefully to catch this sweetener poking up its head in many of your products you ingest on a normal basis.
Splenda (aka sucralose) isn’t really any better either….sorry. Everyone (especially diabetics) were really excited at the invention of Splenda because you could cook with it, and that it wasn’t “sugar”. But in reality, Splenda is sugar, but with three chlorine molecules attached to it. Once the molecule enters your body, the heat in your body breaks this bond and you get a sugar molecule, and chlorine!
All other artificial sweeteners follow this general path, bait and switch. They lead you to believe it’s healthier than sugar and that it will help you lose weight because they either are low calorie or no calorie, but they don’t tell you the physical damage that is occurring to your body while you are taking it.
So what do you use to sweeten things you eat?? Don’t stress out, you have options!
Stevia: This is an herb used for sweetening that has grown in popularity in recent years in the U.S. It has been used as a sweetener in South America for over 1500 years! If at all possible, you want to find stevia that hasn’t been bleached and processed to make it as wholesome to you and your family as possible. This one takes some getting used to because it is hundreds times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. It doesn’t raise your blood sugar so it is safe for diabetics and you can cook with it too.
Other options for sweeteners are Sucranat, Organic raw brown sugar (you want to get the brown to stay away from the bleaching that happens to regular white sugar), some honeys, and dates if you’re baking.
Be creative on this and again, this will take some time to get used to because you’ve trained your family’s taste buds to crave un-naturally sweet foods for awhile so it may take a little while to get them to enjoy naturally sweet foods.
What do you use for your sweeteners?? Let us know! We always are looking for good suggestions to pass on!