Before I being today’s installment, I want to inform you all that my Facebook site will soon be a thing of the past. Yes, as many of you know, I’ve been more than frustrated with Zuckerberg’s $100 Billion Creation than anyone can imagine and I can no longer imagine even 1 reason to keep it going. But don’t fret my Social Media Mongers, if it’s Body Designs you want, it’s Body Designs you’ll get. Starting today, and hopefully “forever”, you’ll be able to access all the Body Designs you can “stomach” at www.bodydesignswest.com. Yes, we did it. Due to an overwhelming demand, WE now have our own site on the net. I invite you to visit it often and comment on what you read. Also, you can share me with your friends by either emailing, “Facebooking” or “Tweeting” them the link by typing their address in the space provided at the bottom of article.
I hope you like what I’ve created and find it easy to use.
And now, the first of the last posts to appear on Facebook…
In the past, I’ve hammered home the endless number of negative side effects good ‘ol Table Sugar can have on your health, body and mind. With that knowledge, a client asked me about the side effects of using Artificial Sweeteners.
We’ve all heard that they cause cancer. Do they? We’ve all heard they cause weight gain? Do they? We’ve all heard they raise blood sugar levels. Do they?
Well, according the Mayo Clinic, possible BENEFITS of artificial sweeteners include:
* Weight Control: Since they are non-nutritive (contain virtually no calories) and are hundreds of times more sweet than equal amounts sugar itself, it takes very little to satisfy even the most aching sweet tooth.
* Dental Health: Again, unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners don’t contribute to tooth decay.
* Blood Sugar Stability: For those with diabetes, and those at risk of developing the disease, these sugar substitutes are not carbohydrates and therefore don’t raise blood sugar levels. However, it’s always best to check with a doctor or dietitian to be sure their use is suitable if you or a loved one has diabetes.
That’s all good. But what about the negatives? Do they cause cancer?
I am sorry to say my Nature Lovers, the myth, yes myth, that artificial sweeteners cause cancer is linked to a study dating back to the 1970s where laboratory rats developed bladder cancer when fed saccharin, the main ingredient in SweetN’ Low and Sugar Twin. But according to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there is “NO sound scientific evidence” that ANY of the artificial sweeteners sold across America cause cancer.
So are there no downsides?
Well, there is one…
Their OVERuse can lead to bloating or even Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Sweeteners like aspartame (found in Equal and NutraSweet), saccharin, sorbitol, xylitol, maltitol, mannitol, cyclamates and sucralose, other common “natural” ingredients found in the endless brands of sugar substitutes on the market, linger in the stomach because they cannot be digested. If enough is consumed and builds up, bacteria will begin to ferment causing the body to produce hydrogen gas resulting in any number of discomforts for the consumer and those around him/her.
So, the next time you wanna rip open several packets of the sweet stuff, think about how many you, and those around you, can “stomach”.