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The Unadulterated Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

A couple of days ago I got into a discussion about diet sodas with a very dear family member. It is a topic that has been brewing for a while. For some reason which absolutely erks me there is this notion that diet drinks or anything with artificial sweeteners is bogus or carcinogenic. Based on my extensive research on this very topic I beg to differ. For example the ever-so-popular Equal or Nutrasweet sweeteners.
Equal and Nutrasweet are also known as aspartame by its scientific name and is simply produced by the union of two amino acids known as aspartic acid and phenylalanine. If you recall amino acids are the building blocks of protein naturally found in many foods. In fact it takes 20 amino acids to make up a molecule of protein. Now According to some people if this were true then by scientific undeniability proteins no matter how lean would in some way cause cancer and be fattening which is clearly not the case. Furthermore according to the American Cancer Society there is no direct correlation between the union of these two amino acids and cancer development. Now let’s talk about Splenda, the newest one of the artificial sweeteners.
To begin I would like to inform you that Splenda is made from dextrose
And dextrose is the main form of glucose usually found in plants and animal tissues and could be also derived from starch.
It seems that the famous and somewhat controversial artificial sweeteners don’t seem to be that artificial at all.
And last but not least I would like to talk about Sweet and Low also known as saccharin which was the first sugar substitute on the market. Saccharine aside from tasting like dish soap mixed with cough syrup does have some scientific studies that have found it to be carcinogenic in massive amounts on lab rats. For that same reason diet sodas haven’t used this sweetener in decades and has become a thing of the past.


Alpha Lipoic Acid an Excellent Antioxidant

Alpha lipoic acid also known as A.L.A. Is a fatty acid found naturally inside every cell in the human body. It is used by the body to produce the energy to carry out its functions.
Alpha lipoic acid converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy. It is considered an excellent antioxidant, a substance that neutralizes potentially harmful chemicals called free radicals. The function of alpha lipoic acid is unique because it works in water as well as in fat unlike the more common antioxidants loke vitamins C and D. It also appears to be able to recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione after they have been used up. Glutathione is also an important antioxidant that helps the body eliminate potentially harmful substances. Alpha lipoic acid increases the formation of glutathione.
Alpha lipoic acid is also good to relieve Peripheral Neuropathy caused by injury and it is also good to improve the brain funtions since it has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier preventing free radical damage.


The True Jolt of Green Coffee Bean 

A recent study on Green Coffee Bean published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal followed a group of adults who used Green Coffee extract for 12 weeks. Over the course of the study, subjects lost an average of 17 lbs each. This was 10% of their body weight and 16% of their overall body fat. 

Green Coffee Bean Extract has been attributed to:

Weight Control :  Prevents excess sugar from circulating in the blood, provides maximum use of fat for energy and stimulates fat metabolism in the liver. It has also been found to inhibit excessive intestinal absorption of glucose (sugar).

Healthy Blood Pressure:  Promotes healthy blood pressure and homocysteine levels as well as maintaining the integrity and function of blood vessels. Chlorogenic acid found in the Green Coffee Bean extract has been found to bind with lower density lipoproteins (LDL’s) and protects them from oxidation, acting as an antioxidant for the heart.

Anti-oxidation:  Raw Green Coffee Beans contain high levels of polyphenolic antioxidants to contain free radical activity.


Colon Cleansing and Weight Loss  (Truth or Hype)

Mucus that builds up by eating an improper diet are unable to be completely digested by the body, producing toxins that transfer into the bloodstream. Weight loss is acquired by cleaning the colon of these mucus wastes that are embedded or stuck to the intestinal walls and flushing them out of the body. Although the relation between colon cleansing and weight loss is a questionable matter, it has been mentioned that colon cleansing can reduce 10 to 15 lbs on average. This is because it removes excess mucus, fat and plaque that sticks to the walls of the colon when one eats foods containing large amounts of fats. One should eat healthier foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts which are high in fiber on a regular basis to prevent this from happening. Colon cleansing can be acquired by eating natural herbs and supplements bought at your neighborhood health food store or by colon irrigation performed by a qualified therapist in more severe instances. The protuberance caused by this excess weight is then removed causing a flatter stomach. 


DNA Coded Nutritional Supplements

Something in the news definitely caught my attention. Chemist have made revolutionary advancement in the vitamin supplement industry. They have developed a vitamin genetically compatible with your DNA code. geneMe an american based company,  has developed a way of personalizing you’re supplements by using your own DNA acquired by a simple do it yourself swab sample. This is a  real breakthrough in the nutrition industry since it will put all the guess work and sales pitches to sell you nutritional supplements to rest. For more info go to