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Another Good Reason To Avoid Processed Food - Artificial Sweeteners
This past Monday, Dr. Oz aired a show that focused on some of the dangers of artificial sweeteners. The artificial sweeteners, in case you don't know, are saccharin (marketed as Sweet N' Low), aspartame (marketed as Equal) and Sucralose (marketed as Splenda).
I've written about the dangers of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners for some time now. There are so many reports of health problems caused by these artificial sugar packets, including multiple sclerosis among other diseases. I was eager to tune in and find out what Dr. Oz would focus on.
I did learn a few things that I hadn't realized. For example, I had no idea that companies will add the artificial sweeteners to the food in disguise names. They do this because the sales have been going down for the artificial sweeteners and the food companies want you to continue to consume them.
I know Dr. Oz didn't have enough time to cover all the dangers of artificial sweeteners, but I'm so glad he mentioned what he did. Once again, it's been noted that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain. Another thing I didn't realize is that artificial sweeteners contain GMO's, or genetically modified organisms. You really have no idea what you're eating when you put this junk in your body.
People need to start reading the food labels. I know many of you have heard this before and it still holds true… If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it. If you must eat processed foods, look for labels with no more than 5 or 6 ingredients. It's better to be safe with the foods you know than sorry and eat something that you have no idea what it is. By eliminating processed foods, you will also have a healthier weight.