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The TRUTH About Artificial Sweeteners

Posted by Joel Marion

Time: 7:12 AM.

Location: a little “fitness” event I attended a few weeks back in Austin, TX.

State: tired.

So what did I do? What 99% of the rest of the world does in that type of situation – I got myself a cup of coffee.

And THEN—believe it or not—I proceeded to pour the contents of two little blue packets to my morning cup of joe.

You should have seen the stares from the fitness crowd.

I immediately checked my zipper, but surprisingly, I was already all-systems-go on that front.


Why then the stares?

Well, it wasn’t but a couple seconds later when a friend of mine blurted out “you use that stuff??” as if I had committed some moral sin.

My reply?

“Yes… and mostly because I haven’t seen a bit of research to convince me otherwise.”

To which that person said NOTHING.

Frankly, I’m tired of people—be it fitness professionals or just the everyday lay person—making claims, recommendations, and statements based on “what they heard” rather than looking into the actual research themselves.


Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t research out there proving that artificial sweetener use poses substantial risks, I’m just saying that I haven’t seen it, and in fact, the research that I HAVE seen doesn’t seem to even partially validate the whole “use artificial sweeteners and you will surely die tomorrow” phobia that is so apparent amongst much of the world today.

And tomorrow, I’d like to come back and share with you my take on artificial sweeteners, they’re use, and the research I actually use to BACK UP my position.

If you’re interested in that information, drop a comment below. Also, let me know if you use artificial sweeteners, drink diet beverages, or the like – or if you don’t (and why).

At least 100 comments and I’ll be back tomorrow with the information I just promised you, including 8 studies that reveal the TRUTH about artificial sweeteners (or at least something substantially more concrete than simple hearsay).

Talk to you in the comments section!


P.S.  My friend Isabel kind of bashes artificial sweeteners in the below video, and while I do NOT agree with that stance, I do agree with just about everything else she shares for losing up to 10% of your unwanted body fat in the next 30 days.  You can check it out here:

How to lose up to 10% of your unwanted body fat in the next 30 days <——- Click here


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I use artificial sweetners. I will read what you have for us tommarrow.

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Hi I have used Stevia for some time. I did hear all the goss about all the artificial
replacements and decided to take heed. Bit of a taste difference, that meaning it is not bad, but softer not as sweet. As it is only availble from health food shops,
I find it a bit of a shock when I purchase it as it seems dear, but the tablets doe
last a long time.

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I’m interested. Three weeks ago I gave up all forms of artificial sweeteners for a six week trial to see if doing so helps lessen pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia.
I bought a stevia plant at my market and planted it in my garden. I’ll harvest and dry it in the fall.

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Japan has outlawed aspartame as an additive in any food or beverage sold in Japan, and Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi are made with Stevia specifically for the Japanese market. Stevia is a naturally sweet plant extract. Needless to say, the chemical industry here has outlawed classifying Stevia as a sweetener, and it can only be marketed under the vague category of “food supplement” while the food additives industry still insists (with the help of a complicit or blind-eyed FDA) that aspartame is completely safe.

Sorry, not for me..

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Yes I use Slenda and would like to know is using Stevia over Splenda any better,worse, or just the same..

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I’ve used many different sweeteners…I started with the pink pkg, moved to the blue pkg, then to the yellow pkg all because I head bad things about the others. I am now using stevia and agave. I sometimes drink soda when I go out for lunch and that was diet soda but then I heard bad things about that. I still drink it on occasion but now try to drink iced tea more often. What IS the truth?? Please share!

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I try not to use artificial sweeteners as I have read extended research on the subject indicating that it wasn’t good. True, most experiments were conducted on rats, but it was convincing enough.

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My main concern is the addition of Aspartame in many of the products marketed to children. For instance, sugar reduced Sunny D. I used to like Pillsbury Strudels for an occasional treat, they now add Aspartame. It used to be that you’d have to watch out for glucose/fructose, but now they’re sneaking this stuff in all over the place. I know personally of young children ordering diet drinks from McDonald’s because they’re worried about becoming fat, even though they’re thin. As adults, we can make choices about what we decide is best for us, these food companies are making it harder to protect our children.
Personally, aspartame gives me a wicked headache that won’t go away for a few days. I don’t think we’re in the minority. I’ve gone to sites where people have submitted their personal experiences using the product, just like they’re doing today. They included Aspartame and Splenda which is contained in alot of the Atkins food products.
One sugar substitute is Acesulfame – Potassium, it’s GRAS, and as far as I know few reported reactions.
I use Xylitol toothpaste instead of a flouridated one, it keeps the plaque down and I haven’t had any cavities in years. It’s also a 7 on the glycemic index and safe for diabetics, but most dieticians won’t tell you to use it. They push the Splenda and Aspartame. I was talking about it to one mother of a diabetic child, she basically told me that her dietician has “kept my daughter alive so far”. True, but at what price later on down the road? We have another elderly relative whose legs get very bad and sore whenever the good meaning folks drop off her favorite diet 7-up. Her problems clear up once she’s run out and has gone awhile without it. These are personal experiences, not hearsay.

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@ sweetpoison.com- All information is from Dr.Starr Hull. Read on if you want the proof that you’r looking for. This is not the only resource. A book titled, “The magnesium miracle” written by Carolyn Dean, (an MD and ND) even knows the aspartame is a neurotoxin and if Aspartame is avoided, (and the right, proper supply of Magnesium is introduced) then magnesium has the power to protect and prevent the brain from neurotoxicity and other neurotoxins. Aspartame is also made up of Menthol, which is wood alcohol. This has been recondnized by an herbalist. (See youtube search are you being poisoned?.) If you don’t believe these people, ( An herbalist, an MD ND, and a doctor, all certified professionals and experts, then will you be willing to call them liers?.)

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