Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Truth Behind Thin Arms And Artificial Sweeteners

By Katherine Crawford M.S.

Getting sexy arms while battling a sugar addiction is extremely hard. Low calorie sweeteners, however, will appease your sweet tooth while providing negligible amounts of calories.

Sounds great, right?

Unfortunately, there is a growing body of research showing that artificial sweeteners can be very unhealthy for you.

So without further ado, here is what you need to know about low calorie sweeteners and sexy arms:

1. They can increase cancer risk. A solid study showed that low calorie sweeteners can increase cancer risk by thirty percent. Not good! The good news, however, is that the increase in cancer was associated with the highest levels of intake.

2. They're within many products. Companies love to inject their food with abundant and varied quantities of artificial sweeteners because it allows them to market products as being low calorie. So beware and lookout for sweeteners in all places.

3. All studies to date have been short term. Most of the studies proving low calorie sweetener's safety have been extremely short and have been performed by the manufacturers. Not good. Moreover, a lot of the results of the studies have been skewed and misinterpreted.

4. Equal/NutraSweet has been found to be toxic. Also known as aspartame, an enormous rodent study clearly showed increased cancer rates. And although rodent studies don't necessarily translate to humans, this is definitely a red flag.

5. Natural doesn't necessarily mean healthy. Stevia is a sweetener that is marketed as being all natural and therefore healthier. Studies, however, have shown that it turns into a mutagen within the intestine.

The bottom line is that we do NOT know if low calorie sweeteners are safe for long term consumption. Thus, I recommend that you limit your low calorie sweetener intake to no more than 3 servings per day. And less is better here. So the best approach is to have the bare minimum necessary! After all, getting sexy arms should not damage your health!

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