A rose by any other name … ? Aspartame never was a rose, and the smell around it’s use has never been close to as sweet as it’s taste. It’s an artificial sweetener, there’s nothing real or fresh about it.
Now it’s being marketed under a new brand name. What does that mean for you? In a nutshell, you have to be more careful because marketing around sweeteners in general is becoming more refined.
All sweeteners, natural or not, have an echo effect on your body. In other words, they come back to bite you, so you have to remain informed and vigilant.
Sugar as a sweetener
Sugar, and its various derivatives and forms, stimulate your brain’s pleasure centres so they’re as addictive as any drug. If you try to give it up, you’ll quickly find the truth of that. It also has a nasty effect on your blood glucose, causing spikes in insulin. Eventually that leads your cells to ignore your insulin messages because they have a glut of glucose in them already and insulin keeps on trying to pack more in. That condition is called pre-diabetes or insulin resistance. Guess what follows … not a pretty picture.
Fructose is only good in whole foods. Fruit juice and fructose powder (like dextrose) are one of those marketing evils where the food it’s derived from is used to market this refined end-product as something wholesome. Fructose is not the same as fruit! Some doctors recommending FODMAP diets might even suggest fructose as an alternative. It’s true, fructose isn’t a FODMAP, but it is bad for your liver. This includes products like honey and agave.
Are they a viable alternative? They don’t raise blood glucose so they won’t stimulate insulin either, right? The problem is that they actually do raise blood glucose , just not immediately. It seems we’re more complex than a simple stimulus – response model. We might not have the chemical glucose signalling the chemical insulin to respond when we use these sweeteners, but our nose has smelt the sweet, our mouth has tasted the sweet, and our body is prepared for the glucose. When none comes, despite the smell and taste, it stops trusting its own sensors. That means your body does a loop-de-loop on you; it gets a bit messed up. Be fair, you kind of deserved it for trying to cheat your own protective mechanisms. Now it doesn’t trust it’s responses when you do eat real sugar either, so your metabolic reactions then are no longer effective. Boom! You’re in a negative cycle. Long term use of sweeteners actually make you gain weight and can cause diabetes!
While the sweeteners are causing this complete jumble of your body’s chemical responses, there are also other things happening to your organs. When you eat artificial sweeteners, you’re not eating food, but unknown chemicals, so you have to detox them. That means these sweeteners put your liver and kidneys under added pressure, and can cause kidney damage. Some also are excitotoxins – like aspartame. That means they can influence anxiety and cause changes in your brain, potentially even brain damage in some. Fatal heart conditions and grand mal seizures are also potential side effects.
My family call sweeteners poison sugars and we actively avoid them. I rather suggest real sugar, and taper that to nothing than recommending artificial sweeteners. The only sweet thing that is possibly good for you is nature’s candy – unprocessed fruit. Fructose in fruit is buffered by the fibre and other phytonutrients in the whole package, which makes it easier on your liver.
So what’s aspartame’s new brand name? Aminosweet. Sounds innocuous, even healthy, doesn’t it, because we all need amino acids. But it is an artificial sweetener, and it’s new disguise doesn’t alter its devilish function on your chemistry. Aspartame is also marketed under the brands Nutrisweet or Equal and will state it has the ingredient phenylalanine.
Artificial Intelligence vs artificial chemicals
Why is it that we’re so careful of the influence of Artificial Intelligence on our lives and culture-systems (our macrocosm), but we thinking nothing of subsisting more and more on artificial foods, and don’t consider that they could wreak the same potential hazards on our body-systems (our microcosms). We need to manage and protect both.
Food for thought
Here’s a thought. If you choose a health practitioner, are you going to choose someone who advises you to use artificial ingredients?
I highly advise pre-screening any type of therapist you allow to tamper with your mind or body chemistry. You should understand their philosophy and it should agree with yours before you enter into a partnership that influences you making critical health adjustments.
My bottom line: real, whole foods for real, whole health.