Sugar and other artificial sweeteners…Not such a sweet treat

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We’re a society governed by how sweet our foods and beverages are. Sweeteners play a big role in our social and economic climate. Unfortunately, the side effects they cause to our health have been in question for some time. I want to discuss with you the natural and great alternative way to replace the bad habits of many years of eating quickly and poorly that have turned the active baby boomers into the lethargic couch potatoes that many of us have become. It’s ironic that ‘overpopulation’, so-called ‘food shortages’ and the migration of people to bigger cities have left our farms unmanned. With that we moved away from the very workable solution we had … the natural way. So with change came the quick fix or in this case – the quick sweet fix. I’m mainly speaking about the adding of artificial sweeteners to most of the foods we find on our supermarket shelves.

Here are the Artificial Sweeteners


Aspartame is a chemically created sweetener. It is the best-selling sweetener on the market today. There is concern that Aspartame can cause brain tumors, multiplying cancer cells at the same time, and is the cause of obesity. In America, the biggest exposure to Aspartame is in diet drinks.

No pun-intended, it’s a sugar-coated double-dealing from the FDA. Now is this a sweet thing to do to us? It’s a sweet deception that causes infections, inflammations allergic reactions over a long use that can also cause auto-immune damage. This can culminate into neurological disorders as well as lupus. Maybe someday the popularity of Aspartame will be replaced with something else. Unfortunately, it is in wide use at this time.

Aspartame also causes lack of good bacteria that is needed to maintain metabolism. As the western diet is exported all over the world, so too is its number one ingredient, Aspartame, which contributes to the depletion of nutrients in your system. Aspartame breaks down into wood alcohol which converts to formaldehyde in the body. This is another reason to skip using Aspartame as your favorite sweetener.


The primary reason to cut down on sugar is to avoid tooth decay. Most of us suffer from the sugar blues, where we long for something sweet. Then when we put that chocolate or Danish in our mouth, we proclaim sugar never tasted so good. Unfortunately, sugar has many repercussions. As much as you love sugar so does Candida. Candida is the yeast that lives in our bodies, which can cause adverse effects like rashes as well as cause you to crave unhealthy foods. Sugar provides ‘empty calories’ with no nutritional value.

The Natural Sweets that are Good for your Health.


The benefits of honey far exceed its taste. It’s versatile, antiseptic, an antioxidant and has great healing properties for the body. Spread it on toast; pour it in your tea, use where you’d use other sweeteners. Honey is a great substitute for sugar. When baking you can add it to breads and cakes to enhance their sweetness. Honey has been a soothing solution for sore throats and coughs for many centuries. And locally harvested honey can help reduce allergy symptoms.

Agave nectar

Agave nectar is made from the same plant as tequila. Let the showdown begin, for the thirsty spirits out there. Agave nectar is a great substitute for sugar and is commonly used as a vegan alternative to honey. As it dissolves fast, it is great in iced tea and other cold drinks. It is consumed by diabetic patients in maintaining a well-functioning gall bladder. It has the lowest glycemic level (the effects of carbohydrates on the blood sugar) which equates to a lower insulin demand.


Stevia is the naturally sweet and calorie-free herb. Yes, it is a natural sweetener which is available in liquid and powder, and can be used in many recipes.

Imagine sugar-free cooking with stevia. You will need a special cook book, telling you how to cook with Stevia. Since it is an herb it will dry out many recipes. It is gluten-free. Stevia has great taste, zero calories and is 100% natural. Its use is safe for people with diabetics. It is great in any beverage or food that you want to sweeten up like coffee, tea, yogurt and much more! I’m sure anywhere you seek to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can probably get creative by adding a spoonful of Stevia. It’s certified organic and available in kosher. With Stevia you get a raw deal because it is raw and natural. It is sweet and simple to use. For those struggling with their sweet tooth, drink carbonated waters and use flavored Stevia.

Drink Water Too

I hope this can help you think of your sugar-cravings in a more health conscious manner. Remember, drink plenty of water! Most people after consuming these and other artificial sweeteners get dehydrated. The body is 70 percent water, so why don’t we replenish that water.

I recommend drinking Real Water. Real Water provides the cellular hydration we all need. Drink healthy alkaline PH 8 and negatively-ionized antioxidant Real Water. Real Water is available at our office. Become label-conscious. Find out what you are putting in your system. In the long run, your life will be better if not on that constant sweet tooth binge that most of us have a hard time avoiding. Get a food allergy test from a health professional to find out what these artificial sweeteners may be doing to your body.

Above all, eat well to restore and detoxify your system. Eat and drink for optimum health. Get off the artificial sweetener roller-coaster and re-balance your blood sugar, glycemic and insulin levels and lead the life you deserve. Just the way Mother Nature intended it to be.

Eat Right & Live Healthy,

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Dr. Foley is an advanced nutritionist/ Chiropractic physician that specializes in nutritional rehabilitation of chronic and hard to manage health conditions. He has practiced over 25 year, lecturing weekly on how to get rid of belly fat, Hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s, Autoimmune, Gluten Sensitivity and many other health topics. Dr. Foley takes a natural approach that is safe and effective. All health programs are tailor made for the individual person. You can contact Dr. Foley at 5602 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211 Office Phone: (615) 333-0021 or
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