Why Does The FDA Still Allow the Sale of These Six Toxic Artificial Sweeteners?
By Kurtis Bright
These Six Deadly Sweeteners Can Still Be Found On Grocery Store Shelves
The research on artificial sweeteners becomes clearer every day: these chemicals contribute to a host of ill health effects. And far from helping people lose weight or providing a safe alternative to sugar, artificial sweeteners--counterintuitively--actually increase your chances of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Not only do artificial sweeteners not do what they say, there are also home to a host of toxins. Despite these widely proven facts, the Food and Drug Administration still allows the sale of the following sweeteners--but you should still avoid them like the plague. Here’s why.
- Aspartame - Aspartame, a chemical which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, has been more thoroughly tested than any other substance in the U.S. However, even the FDA’s own list of adverse effects names over 100 possible reactions to it. There have been thousands of reports of adverse effects, including seizures, headaches, dizziness, Alzheimer’s and even cancer, yet aspartame is still used in Nutrasweet, Spoonful and Equal.
- Sucralose - Splenda is the brand name under which this toxin is marketed, a substance 600 times sweeter than sugar. Sucralose is inexplicably still approved for sale and consumption by humans despite the fact that it repeatedly failed clinical trials with animals and was proven toxic. It was found to cause liver inflammation in rats and mice, as well as shrinking of the thymus gland.
- Neotame - Another cheap sweetener made by Nutrasweet, a former Monsanto brand, neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, and is highly sought after by food manufacturers because of its low cost. The only minor sticking point slowing the flow of profits is that in lab tests neotame caused seizures in lab animals, as well as the development of holes in their brains. Nonetheless, ever at the feet of food manufacturers and slaves to helping them maximize their profits, the FDA loosened labeling of neotame to the point where it doesn’t even have to be listed as an ingredient on food labels.
- Acesulfame Potassium - Marketed under the names Sunett and Sweet One, this chemical is 200 times sweeter than sugar. When rats were given acesulfame potassium in lab studies, it only took three months for them to develop thyroid tumors, and that was when they were given a concentration of only 1 to 5 percent. Also, a component of asesulfame potassium is a known carcinogen, methylene chloride, which can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, problems with the liver and kidneys, and eyesight issues.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup - This hyper-concentrated mix of fructose and glucose is consumed by pound in the U.S., and is found in everything from soda to yogurt to ketchup to pizza to salad dressing. It is well known to cause insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, increased weight gain, and to top off the toxic sundae of HFCS, it is manufactured from genetically modified corn.
- Saccharin - Since the Monsanto company first developed saccharin in 1878, (Monsanto: Providing You With Evil For 150 Years) it has been linked to numerous health issues, including cancer in rat studies. Saccharin, at first hailed as a sugar substitute for dieting housewives, was also famously shown to be linked to weight gain, as the body confusion over receiving signals for sweet foods yet receiving few or no calories causes us to seek out more food.
As we see so often these days, the unholy collusion between food corporations and government leads to grocery store shelves being stocked with poisonous, toxic foods that are being foisted off on an unsuspecting public, all in the name of profit.
When the regulators refuse to regulate on behalf of the people who pay their salaries, it is up to us to protect ourselves.