Chef Varouj

I find the latest mushrooming of articles on how healthy artificial sugars are for you quite disturbing! There seems to be a push by the artificial sugar companies to present their toxic product as perfectly healthy, even healthier than sugar. Since studies now abound about how damaging sugar is for your health.

In a recent article published by the New York Times seemed to claim that Artificial sugar are totally safe and that there has been no studied showing any correlation between artificial sweeteners AKA chemicals and obesity or any other diseases.

And I quote… “All of the approved artificial sweeteners are safe” (view the source). What’s interesting is that this sentence was hyperlinked, leading the FDA’s website. Wait a second, didn’t FDA approve sugar as well? What about sugar made from GMO sugar beets? The fact is that FDA is the most special interest driven and influenced government agency in existence. If we are to follow FDA’s approved lists, all GMOs are totally safe, in fact, are necessary.

Following the link to all approved artificial sugars, I noticed Stevia is classified under the same category. How so? Not sure. Technically, Stevia is a plant. However, Since Stevia is about 300 time sweeter than sugar, what most manufacturers have been doing is using a small percentage of actual stevia and mixing it with other not so healthy for you sugars, such as dextrose and Maltodextrin and selling it at a hefty price. Look for liquid Stevia or Stevia mixed with Erythritol or Xylitol, both of which are derived from plants.

Don’t fall for the false claims! Contrary to industry claims, years of research have shown that artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain.

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