What makes the bad stuff so bad?

SUGAR ALCOHOLS: These compounds are not counted in the sugar category on the label so they can be used to make a product look like it has less sugar content. The problem is sugar alcohols are not easily digested in the body which can cause nausea, bloating, stomach upset and even diarrhea.

ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS: These are chemicals that the body must remove. This requires the use of vitamins and minerals which could be used for other much more important functions. Natural flavors, organic if possible, are much better choices.

SUCRALOSE: A synthetic compound created by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. It is made of sucrose (sugar) — except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms. Sucralose has been downgraded from “safe” to “caution” after an Italian animal study found it may be associated with a higher risk of leukemia.

ACESULFAME: Acesulfame is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known cancer causing agent.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: Man made chemicals the body does not recognize as foods and must expend energy to remove. Many are actually found to result in weight gain with long term use. Natural sweeteners are a much better choice and do not have an after taste.

CORN SYRUP: Corn syrup is an inexpensive way to increase the sweetness of a product. It raises the sugar content and therefore increases blood sugar spiking which contributes to free radical damage and aging of the body. Most corn syrup also contains genetically modified ingredients which may have long term health concerns.

GLUTEN, DAIRY, CORN, SOY, WHEAT, NUTS AND EGGS: These are the most common food allergens. They must be avoided in those with food allergies. Symptoms are variable and may be severe.

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