Using sweeteners? Well, I think you are sweet enough…

by Ross Bridgeford

Millions of people are turning to artificial sweeteners in a bid to lose weight and, presumably, gain health. Artificial sweeteners using ingredients such as aspartame, sodium saccharine, sucralose, acesulfame-K and others are growing at the expense of sugar (of which sales have been in decline over the past few years).

In fact, sugar sales are down so much that Silver Spoon, the big boys in the sugar world, have been heavily marketing their own acesulfame-K and aspartame laden sweetener.

So is it really worth using sweeteners instead of sugar?

Well, the Telegraph article hits upon perhaps the least important variable in the decision to use sweeteners – taste. However, if the sweetener companies are to be believed then shouldnt the decision to forgo the taste of sugar be made due to the health benefits of replacing sugar with their brand of sweetener?

For the majority of consumers this makes sense: less sugar = more healthy, right? Not necessarily. There are many, many conflicting research reports out there – some saying that the ingredients in sweeteners are safe, some saying they are not and some being not too sure.

As ever, and as seen with the dairy industry – there is a separate, huge debate about the validity of these research studies as most of the positive research has been conducted by researchers who have been funded by the sweetener companies.

But to me, this is all much of a muchness – as the most important questions are these:

  • What foods and drinks do you/would you use sweeteners in anyway – aren’t these things bad for you regardless of whether they have got sugar or an artificial sweetener in there to make them tasty?; and
  • Is using a sweetener that, without doubt, contains chemicals and refined, unnatural ingredients an answer regardless of whose research you chose to believe?

I would wholeheartedly conclude that wouldn’t it be better to cut the foods that contain sugar/sweeteners from your diet one-by-one and end the whole debate?

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About Ross Bridgeford

Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

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Ross October 24, 2008 at 8:50 am

Hi Claudia

I’m sorry to hear your situation. Unfortunately when anyone mentions a medical condition I am legally unable to comment as I am not a qualified doctor.

I can state however that Dr Young believes that much sickness and disease is due to the overacidification of the body and that it is always a benefit to alkalise the body through the foods and drinks we consume.

There is a huge amount of info about alkalising on this site so feel free to take a look around. However, I cannot specifically offer your advice.

Generally speaking, juicing fresh vegetables is excellent for health and wellbeing however, so that is a great start.

All the best
Ross

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Claudia October 23, 2008 at 10:06 pm

I have been diagnosed with slow growing lymphoma. I am experiencing an enlarged spleen and liver. Would an alkaline diet be OK for me? My abdomen is quite swollen from this so eating is difficult. I have just purchased a juicer hoping this will help also. Any advice would be appreicated.

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