Tell the FDA to Recall Artificial Sweeteners!

Artificial sweeteners are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, but scientists have found that consuming them changes the composition and function of our gut. They create glucose intolerance and insulin resistance—even in healthy human subjects—and these are the precursors for type 2 diabetes.

Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) is in 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide, and accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA—from headaches, seizures, and numbness to depression, breathing problems, memory loss, and weight gain. Many illnesses may be triggered or worsened by aspartame, including brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, lymphoma, and diabetes. 

Sucralose (Splenda), a common replacement, is dangerous too—it alters gut microflora, reducing it by almost 50%. In other words, it essentially trashes our immune system.

Tell the FDA that Splenda is no fitting substitute for NutraSweet—both products should be pulled from the market immediately!

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Please Recall Aspartame and Sucralose

Dear [Decision Maker],

Artificial sweeteners are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, regularly consumed by lean and obese individuals alike. But an important study published in the journal Nature shows that all artificial sweeteners actually induce glucose intolerance, which leads to type 2 diabetes. A team of immunologists, molecular geneticists, and digestive tract disease specialists found that consumption of products containing artificial sweeteners actually change the composition and function of our intestine, make us susceptible to metabolic disease, and create glucose intolerance and insulin resistance -- even in healthy human subjects. And of course these are the precursors for type 2 diabetes.

Aspartame, found in approximately 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide, accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. A few of the ninety different documented symptoms range from headaches, seizures, and numbness to depression, breathing problems, memory loss, and weight gain (particularly ironic for a "diet" product!). Researchers have found that many illnesses may be triggered or worsened by aspartame, including brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, lymphoma, and -- another irony -- diabetes.

Some manufacturers, concerned about aspartame's safety, are substituting sucralose, a chlorocarbon. In test animals, sucralose produced swollen livers, calcified their kidneys, shrunk their thymus glands (the biological seat of immunity) and produced liver inflammation. A Duke University study found that sucralose alters gut microflora, reducing it by almost 50%. In other words, the science indicates that sucralose actually kills our gut microbes, which essentially trashes our immune system.

Now, with studies indicating that all artificial sweeteners alter, damage, and destroy our microbiota, and create a metabolic disorder that leads to diabetes, obesity, and chronic illness, it's time we recognize that sucralose is no fitting substitute for aspartame, and both products should be pulled off the market immediately.

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