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Dangers of Diet Sodas

If you’re a diet soda drinker please take a minute to read this very important post. There’s a big misconception that diet sodas aren’t bad for you since they’re sugar-free and don’t have many calories.

The reality is diet sodas are just as harmful (even more harmful) to the human body and can have serious negative effects on health. The reason is a poison called aspartame that’s used as an alternative sweetener to sugar.

Why is Aspartame so dangerous and harmful to the human body? When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees Fahrenheit, aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes something called metabolic acidosis.

Just so you know formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The toxicity from formic acid mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. When you see that aspartame can convert to formaldehyde it’s a real wake up call. When I say that aspartame is poison, I’m not kidding you.

Diet soda is NOT a diet product. Make no mistake about it, diet sodas are nothing more than chemically altered products with artificial ingredients that serve as negative partitioning agents. Not only will they make you crave more carbohydrates, they’re also likely to cause weight gain due to increased fat storage from the toxins.

Aspartame as an unnatural sweetener drives blood sugar out of control. If you think you can drink several diet sodas a day and be successful with weight loss, you’re dead wrong. It simply creates too much havoc on the hormonal systems of your body.

You should also be aware that aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and can deteriorate the neurons of the brain. Over time this may lead to depression, manic depression, panic attacks, and other health issues.

Aspartame and children

Recent research has also revealed that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when aspartame was removed from their diet. So called “behavior modification prescription drugs” (Ritalin and others) were simply no longer needed.

Children in our society are being “poisoned” on a daily basis with foods and drinks that are supposed to be better for them than sugar. Their young bodies can handle natural sugars but not so much unnatural ingredients like aspartame.

Aspartame and Gulf War Syndrome

On a side note, it is also suspected that the aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Imagine cases of diet soda sitting in the 100 degree temperatures of the Middle East with the aspartame converting to formaldehyde. This is a scary thought.

Herein lies the root of the problem…

There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was first introduced to the American public and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since the initial hearings, there have been several other subsequent hearings, but still absolutley NOTHING has been done.

The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Sadly, the creator of aspartame, Monsanto which had a patent on Aspartame let it expire and there are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical. In all likelihood, there will probably be thousands of more products introduced before anything gets done.

In my research I was shocked to find out that Monsanto funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians!

These organizations cannot criticize aspartame because they take money from the food industry and are supposed to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum from my home state of Ohio wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants.

The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.

The bill was killed.

Politics as usual…don’t wait for the government to remove this poison from diet sodas. We may be waiting a while. Simply start taking personal responsibility for your health and remove it from your diet.

Cut back a little at a time if you have to, but get it out of your system. The same thing for your children.

Look, I’m going to be blunt…you are responsible for what you give your children to eat or drink. I don’t want to hear, “but little Johnnie or Susie likes it.”

Would you give them a cup of poison? I didn’t think so. Why would you then give them something that has ZERO nutritional value and no benefits whatsoever? I hope you take this message to heart. Your children are depending on you to help give them a foundation of health for their future.

What kind of foundation are you laying?

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios.

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Category: Nutrition.