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The FDA approves these artificial sweeteners for use in food:
Acesulfame potassium, or ace K (brand names, Sunnett, Sweet One): this calorie-free sweetener is two hundred times sweeter than sugar. Even though ace K has been approved by the FDA since 1988 no further testing has been required even though studies have indicated that it may cause cancer in animals.
Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet): aspartame has become known for producing a wide variety of symptoms related mostly to the nervous system, such as headaches, dizziness, mood changes, convulsions, and memory loss. Before your body can eliminate aspartame, it converts to formaldehyde (which is a carcinogen and used for embalming dead bodies). Found in more than five thousand products, this artificial ingredient has been the source of more complaints to the FDA than any other food additive.
Neotame: Up to thirteen thousand times sweeter than white sugar, it is similar to aspartame in composition but without an amino acid called phenylalanine; nonetheless, long-term health studies have not been conducted to ensure its safety.
Saccarin (Sweet’N Low): The first commercial artificial sweetener, saccharin has been proven to cause cancer in animals and is a suspected human carcinogen.
Sucralose (Splenda): Sucralose is six hundred times sweeter than sugar and has been tied to numerous adverse effects.
Although they are all FDA approved, these sweeteners are not without safety risks and are best avoided.
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario