Is it really Sugar?

Sugar is one of the most added ingredients in American diets today. I like to acknowledge this because the United States consumes more sugar on average that any other country in the world. Im not here to say all sugar is bad because being American and all, I love my sugar, but you have got to be careful which sugars you are ingesting.imrs.php.jpeg

Sugar is a terrible thing when added to our foods. I not saying avoid it completely, but regulated and monitoring what types of sugar you put into your body is helpful. Its funny to think that Americans love sugar so much, we tried to make synthetic types of sugar like aspartame, neotame, saccharin,and sucralose for example. These fake sugars can have some health affects and shouldn’t be consumed in my opinion. here are some facts

Aspartame – used in more than 6000 products frozen desserts, gelatins, puddings, fillings, confections, chewing gum, carbonated or powdered soft drinks, tabletop sweeteners or yogurt

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– Experiments conducted on rats have already shown that it is capable of  facilitating cancer in numerous body regions,

– reports from the FDA show it accounts for more than 75% of adverse food additive reactions. These symptoms can include nausea, headaches/migraines, dizziness, vertigo, memory loss, depression, numbness, fatigue, loss of taste, slurred speech, depression, and insomnia to name a few. This food additive has been reported by 90 other countries to have similar side effects.

“Claims have been made that aspartame is related to health effects ranging from mild problems such as headache, dizziness, digestive symptoms, and changes in mood, to more serious health issues such as Alzheimer disease, birth defects, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome, attention deficit disorders, Parkinson disease, lupus, …” – American Cancer Society

If this is being reported,and from personal experience with adverse effects of aspartame, why is this synthetic sugar still being added?

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James Gibbons

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2 thoughts on “Is it really Sugar?

  1. I really enjoyed your blog you posted. Furthermore, after reading this what I don’t fully understand is who regulates the aspartame being put into these foods? Also, has this been a problem that we have acknowledged for a while or is this relatively new to science. Sugar is something that in large amounts is definitely a health risk. In addition, I wonder what type of things we as americans can do to change or make his problem more aware. Great job though, thank you for informing me on this matter.

    -Austin Groesbeck

  2. You did a great job raising awareness of the use of these sugars and I enjoyed that you opened and ended with questions to get the audience thinking. Good post over all and great use of pictures including the graph. It is not surprising to see that America is the top consumer and I think you did a good job pointing out that this is a problem. I feel as though added sugars are ridiculous to have at the amount that our food industry uses. Plus a majority of foods would actually taste better with less sugar added in my opinion. I also did not know that we created so many artificial sweeteners, so great job and thank you for the information!

    – Jessika Abbrescia

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