Sugar… it’s found in nearly all things you eat. And, the general consensus about sugar is that it’s bad for you. In response to this “thought”, many companies have developed sugar substitutes such as aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, neotame and acesulfame potassium. But, is it all just hype? Is sugar as bad as people have claimed it to be? And, are sugar substitutes a worthwhile option? Are they better for you than actual table sugar? These are just some of the commonly asked questions people want answers to.
A Look At The Commonly Known Chemical Sugar: Aspartame
This is one chemical that should not be in your body. But, more than 200 million folks do because it’s found in over 6,000 products – diet soda, desserts, chewing gum, vitamins, yogurt, etc. There are three chemicals in aspartame:
- Aspartic acid (40 percent)
- Phenylalanine (50 percent)
- Methanol (10 percent)
Aspartic Acid – Too much of the aspartic acid will kill certain types of neurons because it allows for too much calcium to get into the cells. This will also lead to an increase of free radicals that kill the cells. And, the problem with aspartame is that you don’t recognize the symptoms until it’s too late. Some chronic illnesses include
- Memory loss
- Hearing loss
- Hormonal problems
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Phenylalanine – This is a common amino acid in the brain; but, persons with phenylketonuria are unable to metabolize phenylalanine, which can lead to very high phenylalanine levels in the brain. The levels can also increase if you ingest aspartame and consume a lot of carbs…even without PKU.
Methanol – This is a deadly poison, and when you ingest free methanol, methanol absorption will increase. Methanol occurs after aspartame has heated up to more than 86 degrees, which occurs when an aspartame product has been stored improperly Methanol poisoning has many symptoms including:
- Behavioral disturbances
- Ear buzzing
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Memory lapses
- Vision problems
So, do you really think aspartame is safe? There are so many dangers associated with this chemical. Aspartame can cause cancer and so many health dangers. It really isn’t worth using or consuming so avoid products that have this or any other sugar substitute.
What Does This Mean About Sugar
People have long heard that eating sugar is so bad for them, which is the key reason for the popularity of sugar substitutes. However, here’s the real deal: eating TOO much sugar is bad for you. What can an overload of sugar do to the body? It can lead to:
- Chromium deficiency
- Gum disease
- Heart disease
- Premature aging
- Tooth decay
- Unstable blood glucose
When you consume sugar in moderation, you control the above health conditions. Sugar is also good for another reason: it is one type of carbohydrates, which are good for you. Why? They give your body the energy it needs to work. Keep in mind that you need to watch where you get your sugar from – candy, soda and baked goods –, as some sugars, like sucrose, have no nutritional value.
So, how much sugar is too much sugar? The recommendation for women is not consume more than 24 grams of sugar while men should not consume more than 36 grams of sugar. The problem is that most folks take in two times more than that maximum amount. Moderation is key when it comes so sugar consumption. Be sure you’re mindful of the foods you purchase since many products are loaded with sugar such as sodas, cookies, cakes, processed foods, etc.