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Safe Sweeteners

Apparently – just like gluten and dairy, artificial sweeteners can also harm the body.  However, artificial sweeteners can be extremely difficult to avoid.  When shopping, read the labels on everything… they’re everywhere!

One item notorious for its artificial sweetener content is diet soda…

Please note, dear reader, that I *LOVE* Diet Coke.  I used to drink, on average, 4-6 cans daily… happily!  Once I went gluten, soy, and dairy free – it was also brought to my attention that the aspartame (and phosphoric acid) in Diet Coke were doing considerable damage to my digestive and skeletal system.

More detail can be found at links such : : 10 Reasons To Give Up Diet Soda : 5 Serious Health Risks of Drinking Diet Soda

Again, I am not a doctor but I can share my own experience : the more natural the sweetener, the better I feel.

Natural sweeteners such as honey and agave are my friends.

Artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame and sucralose) do not make me feel well….

Even sweeteners such as dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose can be derived from gluten and your body might process it as such if you are sensitive to gluten.

Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find such statements like:

the artificial sweetener aspartame is recognized as a serious offender for those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Since it often triggers similar allergic symptoms, including severe stomach pain and bloating, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners might as well be gluten…” ~

Studies also show that Splenda can reduce the beneficial bacteria population in your gut, increase the pH level in your intestines, and effect an important glycoprotein in your body responsible for crucial functions…” ~

Dextrose can be made from wheat. In fact, sometimes it is.
Glucose syrup is typically made from corn in the U.S., although wheat is used more often in Europe.
Dextrin can be made from wheat.
Maltodextrin can be made from a variety of starches, including corn, potato, rice or wheat.” ~

All of this to say – “sweet” is not always so sweet. The more natural the sweetener, the better.  Alas, at the end of the day – know what you’re ingesting and how it makes you feel!

Viva la vita!

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