Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful?

The use of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in our diets has increased due to our efforts in trying to control our ever expanding waistlines. As far as food goes, aspartame is a relatively new addition to our diets, only coming into use within the last 100 years. Science is slowly learning how this chemical affects our bodies, and most of the effects are not good.

According to Dr. Woodrow Monte, retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University, every molecule of aspartame (also marketed under the names of Nutrasweet, Equal, Canderel, 951, and Aminosweet) is converted into a molecule of methanol in our body. When dry, aspartame is 11% methanol. In his comprehensive study on methanol, Dr. Monte explains how methanol toxicity from aspartame and other sources can cause autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer and many other chronic health issues.

In his study “Methanol: A Trojan Horse as the root of the Inscrutable U”, Dr. Monte evaluates the effects of methanol on and in the human body. Dr. Monte shows that methanol is converted into formaldehyde in the human body. Formaldehyde is a highly toxic substance proven to cause cancer in humans. He also discovered that methanol is metabolized in organs other than just the liver. Rather than dissipate as was previously thought.  Methanol produced formaldehyde tends to lodge itself in other areas of the body that avoid filtering through the liver.

“Once methanol runs the gauntlet of first pass metabolism, its detoxification is no longer exclusive to the liver. Methanol transports its potential to become formaldehyde past normal biological barriers in the brain and elsewhere that environmental formaldehyde itself can not usually penetrate. It can then be produced within the arteries and veins, heart, brain, lungs, breast, bone and skin,” says Dr. Monte in his study.

“In addition to aspartame, and canned vegetables, canned fruits and their juices, a major source of the methanol entering the modern civilized human body is cigarette smoke, causatively linked to atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Alzheimer’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases of civilization,” Dr. Monte goes on to say. It is his belief that diet soda has contributed to the rise of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis that has been preceded by the use of Aspartame as a food ingredient in every country that has allowed its use.

It is my belief that we don’t know enough about the long term effects of artificial sweeteners on our bodies to know if they are good for us or not. I feel that overall we are better off using the natural forms of foods rather than the chemically formulated versions. Dr. Monte’s studies are persuading me not to use them.

In one of my previous blogs I talk about how there is no connection between consuming low fat foods or drinks and losing weight. Artificial sweeteners even cause an insulin reaction in the body, which is the same effect that sugar has. This will cause a spike in your blood sugar and eventually slow down your metabolism and lower your energy.

If you consume artificial sweeteners, not only will they not help you to lose weight, but they will cause your body to break down, increase stress and inflammation, and increase your pain and irritation. Stick with the natural stuff, just do it in moderation. You’ll be a step closer to leading a pain-free lifestyle.



One thought on “Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful?”

  1. So do you think I’ll lose weight faster if I put sugar in my coffee every morning, rather than artificial sweetener? How many calories are in a single sugar packet? Are the other sweeteners any different (blue, pink, yellow)?

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