Study: Saccharin And Sugar Found More Addictive Than Cocaine

Sugar and Saccharin More Addictive Than Intravenous Cocaine?

Sugar and artificial sweeteners are so accessible, affordable and socially sanctioned, that few consider their habitual consumption to be a problem on the scale of say, addiction to cocaine.  But if recent research is correct their addictive potential could be even worse.

Almost 40 years ago, William Duffy published a book called Sugar Blues which argued that refined sugar is an addictive drug and profoundly damaging to health.  While over 1.6 million copies have been printed since its release in 1975, a common criticism of the book has been that it lacked sufficient scientific support. (more…)

Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed: Increasing Your Cancer Risk

poisonbottle 255x159 Aspartame Cancer Link Exposed: Increasing Your Cancer RiskThere have been several studies over the years that established a link between aspartame consumption and cancer risk. But, these studies were frequently criticized as being too small, only capturing a short period of time, and otherwise not living up to strict scientific standards. A new study, however, addresses these concerns and substantiates what the previous ones already said: that aspartame in diet soda can increase your risk of certain types of cancer, exponentially. It seems the aspartame-cancer link has been exposed…again.

The Aspartame-Cancer Link (more…)

Aspartame Associated with Brain Oxidative Stress

According to a study published in September 2012, chronic ingestion of the artificial sweetener aspartame results in increased oxidative stress in the brain. Aspartame is a sugar substitute nearly 200 times sweeter than sucrose. Aspartame is metabolized in the body to its components including aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. (more…)

Study: Aspartame, saccharin cause greater weight gain than sugar

A new study shows that saccharin and aspartame cause a greater weight gain than sugar, even though calories are kept at the same amount.
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Uwe Hermann
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The study was led by Fernanda de Matos Feijóa of the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University do Rio Grande do Sul, Ramiro Barcelos in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Researchers gave rats plain yogurt sweetened with aspartame, saccharin, or sugar, plus their regular diet, for twelve weeks. Rats that ate the aspartame or saccharin sweetened yogurt gained more weight than those on the sugar sweetened yogurt, despite all the groups ingesting a similar amount of calories. Researchers think that the artificial sweeteners caused a decrease in energy used, or caused fluid retention. The study was published in the journal Appetite. (more…)

Straight Facts on Natural Sweeteners

by Alicia Potee

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to convince you that refined sugar is a liability to your health. Nowadays, sugar’s roles in the country’s ever-expanding obesity and diabetes epidemics—not to mention its negative effects on everything from energy to immunity—are nothing short of notorious.

And those calorie-free artificial sweeteners? Well, it’s safe to say that chemical sugar substitutes with links to cancer aren’t the best alternatives. Which is why you’ve probably spent more than a little time on the hunt for a natural sugar substitute—one that offers a safer, yet still satisfying way to feed your sweet tooth.

Fortunately, you’re spoiled for choices where natural alternatives to white sugar are concerned. But the bad news is that “natural” doesn’t always mean better. And, unless you know the facts, you might have a tough time sorting out the gems from the junk on your next trip down the sweetener aisle.

Here’s a quick rundown on the good, the okay and the downright bad.

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Suspiciously Sweet: How Artificial Sweeteners Can Hinder Weight Loss

You may have read my post last week about sugar, its addictive qualities, and its effects on metabolism, entitled, “Spike, Crash and Burn: How Even a Little Sugar Could Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss and Workouts”.  Blood sugar and its effect on metabolism is an extremely important piece of the weight loss and fitness puzzle.  As I explained, the spikes and crashes that sugar creates in our bodies can cause our metabolism to go into survival mode.  These energy ups and downs send signals to our body that we don’t have a consistent source of energy to keep us moving.  The body interprets this is a need to conserve energy, so it begins storing fat instead of burning it.  In this survival mode, we may find ourselves working out regularly and not losing weight at all. (more…)

Is Chewing Gum the Most Toxic Substance in the Supermarket?

Recently, I asked about thirty women, whose ages were mostly under the age of forty, if they carried chewing gum with them. Twenty seven of the thirty were able to pull out a pack of gum, some even going as far as telling me why they loved a particular brand/flavor of gum.

While this demographic is not representative of all women, 90% of them chewed gum on a daily basis, some consuming more than one stick per day. As with many things that we expose our bodies to on a daily basis, let’s take a moment and analyze the ingredients of chewing gum and ask some important questions that pertain to whether it contributes to good health. (more…)

Aspartame: More Unsavoury Side Effects

There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption. It seems surreal, but true. How can one chemical create such chaos? Aspartame dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit within any tissue.

The body digests aspartame unlike saccharin, which does not break down within humans. The multitudes of aspartame side effects are indicative to your genetic individuality and physical weaknesses. It is important to identify which side effects aspartame is creating within you. (more…)