Wednesday, January 12, 2011

(Not So) Sweet Poison


I've made quite a few discoveries in the last couple of days. On Monday I told you how my cousin felt better after cutting all of the artificial sweeteners out of his diet. I've cut back but not cut them out completely, so I wanted to delve further into this subject to see what I could find.
I certainly found a lot...and none of it was good. I wound up turning all of the information I found into an article, which was published yesterday as Negative Effects of Artificial Sweeteners. I'm getting plenty of responses from friends who have had the same experience, and I'm glad to spread the information so more people can be educated in this area.
As for my personal experience...I immediately had a bad reaction to Splenda a few years ago, with cramps and severe diarrhea every time I consumed something containing it. I stopped using anything with Splenda in it. Back then I worked at a bank, and one of my co-workers was regularly eating an energy bar everyday on her break. She kept wondering why about half an hour after eating it she had to immediately run to the bathroom with the same problems I had. I asked her if there was Splenda in the bar...she read the label and found that it did. I told her about what happened to me, and as soon as she stopped eating those energy bars she no longer had to run to the restroom. After a couple of weeks, she tried an experiment: She had one bar left and didn't want to waste it, so she finished it off at work. Lo and behold, in about 30 minutes she was in the bathroom. She never bought anything with Splenda after that, and neither have I.
My cousin and others have told me how much better they feel after cutting out not only Splenda, but Aspartame and Saccharin out of their diets. If you read my article, you will be shocked at some of the things that contain these substances, and the variety of illnesses and problems they can cause. Please join me in cutting these artificial sweeteners out of your diet...I'm willing to bet we all will feel so much better!

5 comments:

Patsy said...

Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to radically cut down (ultimately cut out completely) aspartame from my diet. It's not easy as it's hidden in SO many things (and I have a very sweet tooth!)

But... You soon get used to a less sweet taste!

FreshGreenKim said...

Marie, once you retrain your sweet tooth, you'll find that you don't crave it as much. I recommend starting with some flavored seltzer water that has no sugar OR aspartame in it... or club soda...

Good luck, and I sent you a link to a group on FB called NOSPA.

WriterMarie said...

Thank you both! I'm slowly retraining myself...I'm looking for a flavored water called Hint that doesn't have any of that stuff. And I will defintiely check out the group! :o)

Pat Washington said...

Hello, Marie. Giant Eagle has a great line of seltzer waters -- I especially like Black Cherry, as it reminds me a bit of cola. Also, have you tried Zevia? It's an all natural "diet" soda -- meaning it's sweetened with stevia instead of anything artificial. You can find it on Amazon, and possibly at Trader Joe's.

I like your blog! Come visit mine -- I need inspiration to write more.....

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