Artificial sweeteners damage gut health

hose looking to shed a few pounds by using artificial sweeteners to cut calories may not only be sabotaging their diets, but could be putting themselves at risk for diabetes and related health threats. Let me put this another way: ‘this stuff is crap AND toxic!

That’s basically the conclusion that can be drawn from study results published in the journal Nature by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. But, of course, if we ask the Food and Drug Administration – they would say ‘it’s safe.’ (yeah right)

Changes in gut bacteria lead to higher blood glucose levels (more…)

Splenda Goes from ‘Safe’ to ‘Caution’ after Leukemia Found in Mice

 

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging caution in the use of the artificial sweetener Splenda

A food safety advocacy group has downgraded its rating for sucralose, the artificial sweetener better known as Splenda, from “safe” to “caution” in its chemical guide to food additives.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group, announced that it was downgrading its safety rating of sucralose from “safe” to “caution,” meaning that the additive “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested.(1)” (more…)

How To Identify Hidden Food Additives

While you may be more familiar with the main ingredient categories listed below, have you ever noticed their aliases on food labels? Often disguised under alternative names, it takes practice to get familiar with identifying these hidden additives, Use this reference on how to identify hidden additives, next time you hit the grocery aisles and aim to avoid the most common refined derivatives, or synthesized versions of these foods for a truly clean cupboard.

 

Sugar/Sweeteners

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7 Things That Can Drain Your Brain

The human brain-over 4 million years in the making, and a marvel of evolution. Compared to body-size, we have the largest brain on the planet, by almost double. We also have the most complex brain, capable of over 100 million MIPS (Million Computer Instructions Per Second)1. That’s the equivalent of a 1,618,000 Mhz Pentium processor, or 10,000 super computers. Our brains are the third largest organs in our bodies (right after the skin and the liver…), and the hungriest. Although our brains only make up about 2% of our weight, they consume 25% of the nutrients and oxygen, and a whopping 70% of all the glucose. The brain controls thousands of operations per second, and it does it without any conscious input from us, so we never need to worry about forgetting to breathe, or make our heart beat. The brain is the body’s Command and Control Center. The average person has over 70,000 thoughts per day. And it continues to do so for over 100 years in some cases2.

This Is Your Brain On Aspartame

Roquefort cheese benefits

Roquefort cheese is one of the most famous varieties of blue cheese, that is aged or ripened in the caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. This delightfully creamy cheese with veins of green mold have several health benefits, which are discussed in this article.

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Before the discovery of penicillin, Roquefort cheese was applied on open wounds by shepherds to prevent infections and gangrene.Roquefort cheese is a type of blue cheese, which is slightly moist and crumbly with distinctive veins of emerald green mold. This cheese is considered to be a culinary delight for its rich creamy texture and sharp, tangy flavor. In France, it is called ‘the cheese of kings and popes’. Only cheese ripened in the Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon can bear the name Roquefort cheese, though similar types of blue cheese are produced in other places too.

Roquefort cheese gets its distinctive taste and flavor from the presence of the fungus Penicillium roqueforti, which can be found in the soil of these caves. Traditionally, cheesemakers used to leave bread in the caves of Roquefort for about 6 to 8 weeks to promote the growth of Penicillium roqueforti. The interior of the bread was then dried and crushed to produce a powder that was used in making this special blue cheese. But now this mold can be grown in the laboratory as well. Today, Roquefort cheese is a recognized geographical indication and the AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) has laid down several requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to consider a blue cheese as Roquefort.

Roquefort Cheese Health Benefits

Blue cheese varieties like Roquefort is healthy, and much of its health benefits can be attributed to its rich nutritional profile and the presence of the Penicillium roqueforti fungus. Roquefort cheese is produced from sheep milk; typically the milk of the Lacaune breed is used. The following are some of the most noteworthy blue cheese health benefits.

Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

‘French paradox’ is a term used for the observation that French people have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular diseases, despite indulging in a diet rich in saturated fats. Earlier, only red wine was believed to be associated with this paradox. But today, many scientists are of the opinion that Roquefort and other types of fermented cheese may help explain the famous ‘French paradox’. This is because blue cheese varieties like Roquefort possess anti-inflammatory properties that can provide protection against cardiovascular diseases.

Regular consumption of blue cheese is believed to be the reason why the French enjoy better health as compared to other Europeans. Further, it has been observed that the anti-inflammatory properties of Roquefort cheese is enhanced in an acidic environment, such as in the surface of the skin and the lining of the stomach. Recently, some peptides isolated from the cheese were found to inhibit the ‘angiotensin-converting enzyme’ (ACE) just like ACE inhibitors used in the treatment of hypertension. Penicillium roqueforti can also fight harmful bacteria and promote gut health.

Provides Relief from Arthritis

As mentioned already, Roquefort cheese has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help ease the inflammation of joints. So, this cheese can provide relief from inflammatory conditions like arthritis and gout.

Helps in Weight Management

If consumed as a part of a well-rounded nutrition plan, blue cheese like Roquefort can help in losing weight. Cheese contains high amounts of proteins, which can help you feel satiated quickly and reduce your total calorie intake. Roquefort cheese can help you feel full for longer, and thus reduce the tendency to snack on unhealthy and high-calorie foods.

Slows Down the Aging Process

Blue cheese like Roquefort can help prevent the formation of cellulite, which gives the skin a cottage cheese-like appearance or texture. Cellulite is caused by the deposition of fat below the skin, and women are more susceptible to this condition. Roquefort cheese and other fermented or ripened cheese may help slow down the signs of aging, like wrinkles and cellulite formation.

Promotes Bone Health

Dairy products are a very good source of calcium that is required for strong bones and teeth. In postmenopausal women, a deficiency of calcium can cause osteoporosis, which is characterized by a reduction in bone mineral density and fragile bones. Calcium rich foods like Roquefort cheese can help prevent this disease.

Provides Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Blue cheese can provide a number of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin D, potassium, sodium, and zinc. All these vitamins and minerals are crucial for the smooth operation of various biochemical processes of the body.

Promotes Health and Longevity

The beneficial effects of Roquefort are mainly attributed to the process of cheese ripening. As cheese ripens, the mold present in it produces some compounds that can promote health and increase longevity. It has been observed that the French consume fermented or ripened cheese regularly and they are much healthier than other Europeans. In fact, French women have the longest life expectancy in Europe.

Sheep milk has less saturated fats and cholesterol, but more vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, and phosphorus as compared to cow’s milk. This is the reason why Roquefort cheese is considered much healthier than cheese made from cow’s milk. Roquefort cheese is not only healthy, but is highly valued for its unique taste and flavor as well. Though this cheese is available all year round, the best time to enjoy it is from April to October.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/health-benefits-of-roquefort-cheese.html

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Diet soft drinks ‘linked’ to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths, doctors say

 

Diet soft drinks ‘linked’ to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths, doctors say

 

People who regularly have two or more diet soft drinks a day could be up to 50 per cent more likely to die from heart disease, a new study has shown.

Artificially sweetened fizzy drinks, though marketed as a viable healthy alternative, were linked to a host of health problems including strokes and heart attacks.

Compared to those who never or rarely consume the drinks, regular users were 30 per cent more likely to suffer what was described as a “cardiovascular event”.

Experts analysed the diet drink intake of almost 60,000 participants in the women’s health iInitiative, a long-running US study looking at cardiovascular health among middle-aged women. (more…)

Artificial Sweeteners Could Be Sabotaging Your Diet

http://www.forzabykemp.com/wp-content/uploads/Artificial-sweetener.jpgTHERE’S NO DOUBT about it. Artificial sweeteners cause obesity.

I always thought it was funny to see a very large person order a Big Mac, large fries — and top it off with a Diet Coke. I also found it peculiar that I rarely saw thin people drinking diet sodas. So I began to wonder if there could be a link between diet beverages or artificial sweeteners and obesity. As I began to explore this notion, I discovered a number of different research findings that pointed to this very phenomenon. (more…)

Sucralose’s (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin

Sucralose's (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin

A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener.

Found in tens of thousands of products and used by millions of consumers around the world, sucralose’s unique ability to dissolve in alcohol and methanol as well as water, makes it the most versatile and therefore most widely used artificial sweetener in production today. And yet, its popularity is no indication nor guarantee of its safety, as is evidenced by the widespread use of other artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which while being safety approved in 90 nations around the world, has been linked to a wide range of serious health conditions including brain damage.

But the tide may be turning… (more…)

Sucralose’s (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin – Page 2

Sucralose's (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin

A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener.

Found in tens of thousands of products and used by millions of consumers around the world, sucralose’s unique ability to dissolve in alcohol and methanol as well as water, makes it the most versatile and therefore most widely used artificial sweetener in production today. And yet, its popularity is no indication nor guarantee of its safety, as is evidenced by the widespread use of other artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which while being safety approved in 90 nations around the world, has been linked to a wide range of serious health conditions including brain damage.

But the tide may be turning… (more…)