Hey Power Girl,
As you work to build a better body, do you ever try to find other sweeteners to replace sugar? You know “zero calories”, where you try to get something for nothing? Well you can’t cheat nature and you may have noticed that when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
So when you hear zero calories WATCH OUT!
You need to ask yourself, “when they took out the sugar, what ELSE did they put in and how healthy is THAT?”
So if you have eaten foods or drinks with artificial sweeteners (like Aspartame or Spenda), then please make sure you are doing some research to see whether you are making things better or WORSE for yourself.
Many people tend to make the mistake of trying to improve their diets, but end up making them WORSE! That is why it is so critical to do your research and to understand the DANGERS of artificial sweeteners like ASPARTAME and SUCRALOSE (SPLENDA).
Today I am going to be talking about the dangers of Splenda (which has the chemical name Sucralose).
Splenda (Surculose) is an artificial sweetener. The majority of ingested Splenda is not broken down by the body into sugar, so it is non-caloric (which means it gives your body no energy). So it has ZERO HEALTH BENEFITS to you, other than a temporary chemically-sweet taste. In addition to having no health benefits Splenda may also give you headaches and actually make you MORE HUNGRY causing you to eat more food making you gain extra weight.
So you should not be using any artificial sweeteners like ASPARTAME or SPLENDA because they not natural and will push your health in the wrong direction.
The company that sells Splenda promotes it as being similar to sugar and therefore healthier. However, even though Splenda starts off as a sugar molecule, it is what goes on in the factory that is concerning.
Splenda (Sucralose) is a synthetic chemical that was originally discovered by accident (in a laboratory trying to make insecticide how healthy can that be). In the five step patented process of making Splenda, three chlorine molecules are added to a sucrose or sugar molecule. A sucrose molecule is a disaccharide (any class of sugar) that contains two single sugars bound together: glucose and fructose.
The chemical process to make Splenda alters the chemical composition of the sugar so much that it is somehow converted to a molecule NOT FOUND IN NATURE called a fructo-galactose molecule. Since this type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature your body does not have the ability to properly break it down into usable energy.
Remember that your body wants to be healthy and stay healthy. However, when we expose our bodies to these toxic influences and deprive it of the nutritional support and foundational building blocks we need to stay healthy, we are going to notice many different healthy problems will start to occur.
So really the key is to understand food toxins like Aspartame and Splenda, and to begin reading labels so you can take control of your health.
When other Power Girls ask me what to use instead of Aspartame and Splenda I typically recommend a substance called XYLITOL.
Xylitol is typically used as a diabetic sweetener which is roughly as sweet as sugar but with 33% fewer calories. Unlike other natural or synthetic sweeteners, xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health by reducing cavities by one third in regular use and helpful to remineralization of teeth, and also has been shown to reduce the incidence of acute middle ear infections.
There are many ways to improve your diet, you just need to make sure that you are doing some research to better understand what it is you are doing.
Take control of your body Power Girl and make good choices.
Your friend and coach,