Aspartame: What You Should Know

Aspartame also goes by the names Equal, NutraSweet, Spoonful, Equal Measure, AminoSweet, Benevia, NutraTaste, and Canderel and is found in many “diet” sodas, teas, juices, “sugar-free” and “low sugar” products. Aspartame is an ingredient in nearly 6,000 products world-wide! Aspartame is so widely used that you shouldn’t be surprised to find it in many of the products that may be in your kitchen right now. What may surprise you however, is what aspartame is doing to your health.

The safety of aspartame’s usage has been questioned for decades, yet it is still widely used. Despite the data showing aspartame leading to brain tumors in animal studies along with many studies lacking information about the long-term effects of aspartame, the chemical has been permitted in our food supply for decades. As the desire for diet, low calorie and low sugar alternatives has increased, aspartame has found a way into many of the foods, drinks and ingredients we use and choose every day.  Continue reading “Aspartame: What You Should Know”

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Not So Sweet After All?

You are probably well aware that Americans consume entirely too much sugar.

Maybe you’re concerned with your own sugar intake. Maybe you’re taking steps toward limiting your sugar intake, or choosing to use artificial sweeteners to cut back on calories and still fulfill your sweet tooth. Does this sound like you?

The average American consumes an average of 22 or more teaspoons of sugar a day, adding an additional 355 calories to our daily intake. Most of our sugar consumed is in the form of soda and processed foods vs. more naturally-occurring sources like the ones found in milk (lactose) and fruits (fructose). When sugar and artificial sweeteners become a staple in our diets, we lose the ability to detect foods that are naturally sweet (sweet potatoes, fruit and dairy products for example), and instead crave highly sugared foods like baked goods, sweetened beverages and processed foods. Continue reading “Not So Sweet After All?”

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