Thyroid health is compromised by sweeteners: sugars, fructose and honey (even though it should be good for us), organic maple syrup, molasses, date sugar, brown rice syrup and Agave to name a few. Sugar affects our brain health by raising the blood sugar too fast, and then dropping it too low, causing brain fog, depression and other problems, especially if you also have hypoglycemia, which isone of the many symptoms of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease.
ARTIFICIAL, MAN-MADE SWEETENERS
Artificial, man-made sweeteners, like aspartame, saccharin and high fructose corn syrup, to name just a few, affect our immune system and alter our cellular make up and receptors so that our bodies cannot function or metabolize food correctly.
Increasingly, people may look “obese”, but by eating so much food with high fructose corn syrup – that is addictive to the body which just wants more – and other artifical sweeteners, they are actually starving to death.
1. “SUGAR-FREE”: They are man-made chemicals or natural compounds that replace the sweetness of sugar, without all of the calories. Recent studies that have shown that artificial sweeteners can actually increase your appetite.
2. Aspartame: camoflaged by many names – NutraSweet, Equal, NatraSweet, Canderel, Spoonfuls, DiabetiSweet and the new “healthy rebranded name” AminoSweet – is a common chemical sweetener with possible side effects that sound like they’re out of a horror movie. From hallucinations to seizures to brain tumors, migraines, loss of speech, depression and cancer, it is hardly worth consuming for the sake of saved calories. It is pervasive and is an ingredient of approximately 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide.
Some of the side effects that have been claimed of aspartame include: Convulsions, vision problems, headache, vomiting, nausea, joint aches and pain.
3. Sucralose, or “Splenda”: … is scary. Recent research suggests that Splenda can enlarge both the liver and kidneys and shrink the thymus glands. Sucralose breaks down into small amounts of dichlorofructose, which has not been tested adequately tested in humans.
Splenda reportedly can cause skin rashes, panic, diarrhea, headaches, bladder issues, stomach pain, and those side effects don’t even sum it up.
Most artificial sweeteners on store shelves are accompanied by numerous side-effect stories. Some recent studies suggest they cause cancer.
HERE ARE THE 2 GOOD SWEETENERS FOR US!
Stevia is one of a family of plants that are native to South America and have been used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods. Stevia leaves are said to be from 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar though the amount of sweetness varies from leaf to leaf and plant to plant. It is touted as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners.
To date, chemical analysis and studies show that the leaf adds no calories, has no harmful side effects and is more palatable with less aftertaste than any artificial, chemical sweetener to date. Stevia has been in wide use in South America for centuries, and in Japan since the government banned the use of artificial sweeteners.
To date, no harmful side effects have come to light, making stevia one of the most promising sugar alternatives available. Stevoside, made from stevia, is approved as a food additive in Korea, and is widely available throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. In China, tea made from stevia leaves are touted as anti-aging and weight reduction aids.
You can grow your own stevia plant anywhere! I have friends that do every summer. http://www.stevia.com/Stevia_article/Growing_Your_Own_Stevia/8077
With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occurring sugar substitute. It is found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms, as well as fibrous material such as corn husks and sugar cane bagasse, and birch. Xylitol is roughly as sweet as sucrose with only two-thirds the food energy.
Xylitol Benefits: http://www.xlear.com/about-xylitol.aspx
There are many choices on your health food grocery shelf, and even in the general grocery stores more and more.
It comes in boxes in a white powder, in individual packets to carry with you, in little tablets and in liguid dropper bottles, plain or flavored.
NuStevia – the one I use the most: https://nunaturals.com/product/122
Xylitol – I use the gum and mints from Xylitol too, nice having something!: http://www.myxylitol.com/vmchk.html
Have a sweet day!