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What is the purpose of an artificial sweetener?
It is to replace sugar in processed food to lower the calories and keep the person consuming that food from getting fat or “fatter”. Is there any evidence that they do the job? I agree with the principle of lessening the stimulation of insulin by lowering the dietary intake of high Glycemic Load Carbohydrates.
How about this quote from Professor David Benton found on Medical News Today:
Professor Benton concluded that at present the scientific evidence suggests there is a lack of convincing evidence to draw firm conclusions on the role of artificial sweeteners on long-term energy intake and body weight regulation. Current evidence suggests that, although artificial sweeteners may be helpful in the short-term, there is little long-term benefit in people of normal, body weight.
Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?
What about the safety issue? Are they safe to use on a daily basis for long periods? An author I read, Mark Sission, of “Mark’s Daily Apple” wrote a post entitled “The Not So Definitive Guide to Diet Soda“. If you don’t want to read it, Mark concludes that a healthy diet is an 80/20 proposition. He recommends saving your 20% for things more satisfying and fun than artificial sweeteners.The article is comprehensive and I recommend it.
Here is my advice. It is second hand. The person I heard say it first is Jack LaLanne. His advice passed from me to you is this:
“If man touches it, don’t eat it.”
Nutritional Legal Terms
For money, business men can make things very cloudy. Most food labels on processed food are legal not nutritional terms. Whole Wheat stands for the least amount of real “whole wheat” that can be added to a processed grain product and still call it whole wheat.Whether there is good evidence that artificial sweeteners are harmful or not does not matter. They do not work as intended. People who use them regularly are usually over weight and their use does not make them slimmer or prevent the health problems that accompany obesity.
My advice, avoid them. Make them something you only ingest occasionally if at all. If you are going to put fuel in your tank, make it high test. The very best. You don’t need a lot, just enough and artificial sweeteners can not help you become healthier.
When you want to be healthier and you are evaluating your health; consider these questions:
1. What is Insulin?
2. What are the “jobs” of Insulin?
3. How can I make my insulin more effective?
4. What am I possibly doing to make the effect of Insulin harmful to me?
The PDF from which these videos were made is available to download at the end of this post.
There were some vocabulary words used in the attached PDF and videos you may want to know more about.
Cortisol – best definition is near bottom of page
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