Artificial Sweeteners…Are they safe?

15 01 2010

XCAP does NOT use artificial sweeteners !!!!!!!!! However, if you look at most supplements, they are loaded with artificial sweeteners.

We get lots of questions about why we DON’T put artificial sweeteners in XCAP’s Whey Isolate or 4Ever Greens.

These sweeteners are highly controversial and we choose not to put ingredients in our products that have such potential harm. If you’re consuming a food or beverage created in a lab instead of by nature, you can be assured your body doesn’t recognize it. This opens the door to short-term and long-lasting health problems for you and your family.

There is simply way to much negative information to put in a Blog. Thanks to Dr. Mercola for providing such in depth research on the nightmares of artificial sweeteners. He has a popular book about the history and dangers of these ingredients if you want to know all the nitty gritty details.

Check the labels of the supplements you are using. You may find that you quickly change your opinion of some of the supplement products you thought were so healthy !

Acesulfame K

Many scientists opposed the introduction of acesulfame-K as a sweetener, protesting that the safety testing was seriously flawed. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has repeatedly expressed concern that acesulfame-K is a potential carcinogen.

Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal)

You may get mad if you read this…

If you know the right people you can basically do what you want. I will keep this short. This is one of the most potentially dangerous and controversial food additives in human history. This has a long political background relating back to 1965.

In 1977, the future Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, was hired as the CEO of Searle. He appointed his D.C. buddies to high-level positions in the company.

Rumsfeld was part of newly elected President Ronald Reagan’s transition team — a team that had carefully selected Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes Jr. as the new FDA Commissioner. Dr. Hayes appointed an internal panel to review the 1979 decision by the Public Board of Inquiry that ruled thumbs down on final approval of NutraSweet.

Three of the five members of Dr. Hayes’ panel advised against approval of aspartame, citing on the record that Searle’s safety study tests were flawed. Hayes then appointed a sixth member to the panel who tied the vote three-three. Dr. Hayes then cast the deciding vote in favor of approval.

Hayes, an official with no background on the subject of food additives, claimed aspartame was safe for proposed use, and had undergone more testing and scientific scrutiny than most additives on the market. Shortly after approving this drug he resigned from the FDA panel and was hired by the manufacturer of aspartame for a position in which he was paid several hundred thousand dollars per year.

Less than a year later, the FDA had recorded 600 consumer complaints of headaches, dizziness and other health-related reactions from aspartame consumption.

There are over 900 published studies on the health hazards of aspartame.

There are also some 10,000 documented reports of adverse reactions to aspartame, including death. Since it is estimated only about one percent of people who experience a reaction report it, it is safe to assume at least a million people have had a reaction to this chemical.

Migraines are by far the most frequently reported reaction. Other commonly reported symptoms of an aspartame reaction include:
Headache, change in vision, sleep problems/insomnia, hallucination, memory loss, nausea and vomiting, dizziness/poor equilibrium, hives, change in mood, convulsions and seizures, change in heart rate, abdominal cramps/pain, rash, fatigue and weakness, diarrhea, joint pain.

Among the risks, the phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond and increases dopamine levels in your brain. This can lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors through a similar mechanism.

Furthermore, the aspartic acid in aspartame is an excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate. These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become excessively excited, to the point they will quickly die. Excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibers.

Then the ester bond in aspartame is broken down to formaldehyde and methanol, which have their own toxicities. So it is not surprising that this popular artificial sweetener has also been found to cause cancer.

Sucralose (Splenda)

The approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for four days!

And, those animal studies reveal plenty of problems, such as: Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia. Male infertility by interfering with sperm production, as well as brain lesions. Enlarged and calcified kidneys. Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group. A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group.

A study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found that Splenda reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent.

Reported side effects:

• Skin — Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts).
• Lungs — Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
• Head — Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches)
• Nose — Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
• Eyes — Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery
• Stomach — Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea
• Heart — Palpitations or fluttering
• Joints — Joint pains or aches
• Neurological — Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression

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