Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Alternatives to Nasty Sweetners

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet and Equal. It was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

The following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Why do they cause such effects?

Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death.

The risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with certain chronic health problems from excitotoxins are great. Even the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which usually understates problems encourages people to avoid these products.

So if we want to keep sugar to a minimum but have a sweet tooth; what are the alternatives?

Stevia: A south American plant with a super-sweet taste! Much sweeter than sugar, full of nutrients and calorie free! It is available in powder, tablets or liquid

Xylitol: A natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit. Xylitol looks, feels, and tastes exactly like sugar. Although that is where the similarities end! Xylitol is really sugar's mirror image. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar which means that it is anti-microbial, preventing the growth of bacteria. While sugar is acid-forming, xylitol is alkaline enhancing.

From a dietary perspective, it contains 40% fewer calories and 75% less carbohydrates than refined sugar. It has been shown in numerous clinical studies to be very slowly metabolized with a GI of only 7 compared to Sugar which is 100!

So there you have it! There is no need to add chemicals to your food when nature has given you an alternative! We have these in store so come down and have a chat to one of our naturopaths.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

    Food Blender Melbourne