Author Sidebar: Many of our clients tell us that they are eating "healthy", but they are shocked to discover that many of the foods that they're eating are actually not healthy foods at all! 

Excluding genetic-related diseases, the majority of health-related issues are associated with nutritional deficiencies due to eating so-called "healthy" foods, such as cereal, milk, wheat bread, fruit juice, granola bars, diet foods, salmon, canola oil, 7-grain bread, multi-grain bread, yogurt, etc. [Ref: Chapters 3, 5-7 of the Death to Diabetes book]

Consequently, the primary reason why people suffer unnecessarily with disease in this country (as well as in other countries) is due to the lack of knowledge about proper nutrition and disease, and our misunderstanding of prescription medications. [Ref: Chapter 7]

Avoid These So-Called "Healthy" Foods

There are quite a few health-related scams that have convinced us that many of these so-called healthy foods will help to either improve our health or prevent us from developing a disease such as diabetes.

Unfortunately, many of these foods have been marketed to us and our children as healthy foods for years! -- thanks to television, the newspapers, health magazines, radio, and other media.

However, many of these foods may cause weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, autoimmune diseases, bloating, chronic fatigue, candida, depression,diabetes, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, leaky gut, skin rashes, thyroid issues, and many other health problems!

In addition, so-called experts such as doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, diabetes educators, and other healthcare professionals promote many of these foods as healthy. Why? Because that's were they were told!

But it turns out that many of these foods are actually "dead" foods that fuel diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer.

In addition, these "dead" foods help to fuel other diseases, including arthritis, allergies, auto-immune diseases, chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction, depression, constant headaches, and other chronic illnesses.

Consequently, you should avoid these foods, especially if you want to reverse your diabetes.

The Top 30 So-Called Healthy Foods

Before I had written my book, I was running around the community doing talks and lectures about diabetes and proper nutrition. In order to get the attention of the audience, I would present a list of healthy foods:

  1. Artificial sweeteners: i.e. Splenda (sucralose), Sweet 'n Low (saccharin), NutraSweet (aspartame), Equal (aspartame) and neotame (similar to aspartame) -- they're all deadly, toxic, carcinogenic chemicals!
  2. Bottled fruit juice: excess sugar, pasteurized, "dead"
  3. Bottled water: More than 52% is tap water!, plastic leaks toxins
  4. Canola oil: man-made, hydrogenated
  5. Cereal: excess sugar, gateway to cow's milk, grain, GMOs
  6. Diet soda: Are you kidding me? full of carcinogenic artificial sweeteners
  7. Energy bars: full of sugar!
  8. Enriched wheat flour: this is refined flour!
  9. Farmed salmon: antibiotics, mercury,dyes, vaccines!, other chemicals, little Omega-3s; avoid Atlantic salmon and all salmon except wild-caught.
  10. Frozen yogurt: it's not yogurt! Mostly sugar, dead probiotic powder, nonfat milk
  11. Milk: cow's milk is full of antibiotics, growth hormones -- save your children!
  12. Oatmeal: yeah, I know -- everyone is shocked by this one; like most grains, it causes cellular inflammation, may contain pesticides.
  13. Olive oil: Be careful! A lot of olive oil is not extra virgin! Make sure it's cold-pressed, unfiltered, looks cloudy and is stored in a dark glass  bottle.
  14. Protein bars, shakes: full of HFCS, PHO, other chemicals
  15. Tilapia: used to be a good fish, now overly-farmed -- contains antibiotics, vaccines, other chemicals -- avoid like the plague!
  16. Seven-grain bread: read the label -- usually flour is the first ingredient
  17. Soy: yeah, we Americanized a good thing from the Asians, eat only fermented. Soy is one of the primary reasons for so many thyroid issues.
  18. Soybeans: GMO, phytic acid, carcinogenic nitrosamines
  19. Soybean oil: causes thyroid problems. Includes products containing soybean derivatives, and soy cooking oil. The absolute worst soy product is mayonnaise, because it is "cold pasteurized" (saturated with radiation).
  20. Soy milk: too much sugar
  21. Splenda: it's artificial! use a natural sugar, i.e. stevia, xylitol
  22. Subway sandwiches: full of chemicals.
  23. Toothpaste: contains sulfates, abrasives, detergents, fluoride; use bicarbonate of soda or an herbal-based powder
  24. Vegetable oil: overly-processed, unstable; causes thyroid and other hormone problems
  25. Vitamin pills: i.e. One-A-Day, Centrum -- they're just "rocks" of synthetic minerals
  26. Vitamin water: contains synthetic vitamins
  27. Water: avoid tap water, full of chemicals, toxins, bacteria, etc. -- get a good filter!
  28. Wheat bread : yeah, not as healthy as we thought
  29. Whole grain bread: read the label -- usually mostly flour, may have PHO
  30. Yogurt cups: excess sugar, dead bacteria
  31. Yogurt drinks: taste better, but full of sugar!

Once I got the audience nodding their heads in agreement that these were healthy foods, I would slam a book or something to make a loud sound, and yell something like: "No!! These are NOT healthy foods!"

Most of the audience members, especially the ones who were diabetic, were surprised at what I said. So I told them that when they returned home to eat one of those healthy foods with their next meal; and, then, measure their blood sugar 2 hours after the meal.

Then, I asked them to report their findings at the next meeting or lecture; or, email their results to me.

When I returned the following month for another lecture, some of the audience members reported their test results; and, told the rest of the audience that not only was I right but when they stopped eating that particular food, their blood sugar improved almost immediately -- especially when they replaced that particular food (e.g. oatmeal) with something like spinach or broccoli.

At this point, I went on to explain that this was one of the reasons why some diabetics were struggling with controlling their blood sugar even though they thought (along with their doctor and dietitian) that they were eating healthy!

This may sound like bad news. But, this is all good news here because people were no longer confused about why they were unable to control their blood sugar. And, now they began to see some simple solutions to their blood sugar problems.

No matter where I presented the list, most of the audience members were surprised by some of the items on the list. And, as the list grew, I had to create handouts, because most of the audience members wanted a copy of the list.


Expanded List of 100+ So-Called Healthy Foods

Here is the new expanded list of so-called healthy foods. As you can see, this list has grown tremendously over the years; and, it continues to grow. Got any new ones to add to the list?

  1. Apples: pesticides, coated; buy organic; or wash very well or peel off skin
  2. Artificial sweeteners: i.e. Splenda (sucralose), Sweet 'n Low (saccharin), NutraSweet (aspartame), Equal (aspartame) and neotame (similar to aspartame) -- they're all deadly, toxic, carcinogenic chemicals!
  3. Baby aspirin: don't be fooled by the word "baby"! may cause internal bleeding!
  4. Baked beans: excess sugar, syrup; eat kidney beans, green beans
  5. Bottled juice: excess sugar
  6. Bottled teas: excess sugar, honey
  7. Bottled water: More than 52% is tap water!, plus the plastic issue
  8. Bottled water with added minerals: a marketing gimmick
  9. Bran muffin: loaded with calories, fat, sugar, flour
  10. Bread: contains flour, hydrogenated oil, HFCS; use sprouted grain bread instead
  11. Brown rice: check the fiber content, buy organic
  12. Canned tomatoes: make sure they're organic
  13. Canola oil: man-made, hydrogenated
  14. Carrots: root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides -- get organic
  15. Cereal: gateway food to cow's milk, full of sugar, processed grain, GMOs
  16. Cereal in box with fruit: refined sugar, corn syrup, petroleum-based dyes, no fruit!
  17. Cereal ("natural" cereals): loaded with GMOs, pesticides, other chemicals
  18. Cheerios: but it's supposed to lower your cholesterol! -- right ...
  19. Chicken Wrap: tortilla carb-heavy, too much fat with the cheese
  20. Chlorella: Be careful -- some chlorella products may be loaded with heavy metals and other pollutants.
  21. Corn: GMO, acts more like a grain than a vegetable
  22. Corn-fed beef: corn -- that's how you get fat -- and fast!
  23. Corn oil: bad for the cardiovascular system, excess Omega-6 fats
  24. Cream of Wheat: high glycemic, no fiber
  25. Decaffeinated coffee: industrial solvents (i.e. methylene chloride, ethyl acetate) used to remove caffeine! Instead, look for decaf coffee that uses the Swiss Water Method; or, make your own coffee with organic coffee beans.
  26. Diabetic foods: i.e. Glucerna (run the other way! -- full of chemicals and trans fats p.s. There's no such thing as "diabetic food"!
  27. Diet foods/drinks: full of chemicals that create cravings
  28. Diet microwave meals: high in sodium, trans fats
  29. Diet soda: Are you kidding me? full of carcinogenic artificial sweeteners
  30. Dried fruit: full of sugar, eat whole fruit instead
  31. Eggs: eat organic eggs
  32. Egg whites: Lack Vitamin B-12, folate, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Omega-3s, choline, which are contained in the yolk!
  33. English muffins: mostly refined flour now
  34. Energy bars: full of sugar!
  35. Enriched wheat flour: this is refined flour!
  36. Essential oils: Many products state 100% pure essential oils on their label, but it just means that the small amount of essential oils is 100% pure. Read the fine print and you'll they contain only 5%-15% essential oils and the rest is petroleum, mineral oil, canola oil, glycerin, etc.
  37. Extra virgin olive oil: ensure it's first-pressed
  38. Farmed salmon: antibiotics, mercury, dyes, vaccines!, other chemicals, little Omega-3s; avoid Atlantic salmon and all salmon except wild-caught.
  39. Fat-free foods: usually full of sugar or other chemicals
  40. Fish: mostly farmed, very little Omega-3s -- stick with wild salmon; avoid mercury-loaded shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish
  41. Flaxseed oil: ensure organic, goes rancid quickly; whole flax is better
  42. Fruit bars: full of refined sugar, HFCS, PHO
  43. Fruit cocktail: full of sugar -- avoid the heavy syrup
  44. Fruit juice: lots of sugar, pasteurized, HFCS and dead chemicals
  45. Fruit snacks: fruit rollups contain refined sugars, trans fats, artificial colors, no fruit
  46. Frozen dinners: full of chemicals and trans fat
  47. Frozen yogurt: it's not yogurt! Mostly sugar, dead probiotic powder, nonfat milk
  48. Gluten-free: Just because it says "gluten-free" doesn't mean it's good for you! Read the labels!
  49. Grains: Avoid most grains especially if you're diabetic, only use organic/gluten-free
  50. Granola: read the ingredients!
  51. Granola bar: HFCS, trans fats
  52. Granola cereal: denser and higher in fat than other cereals
  53. Grapes (seedless) -- are GMO!
  54. Green powder: dried grass, fillers, processed, little nutrient value
  55. Half-and-Half: fat adds up after 2-3 cups of coffee
  56. Herbs and spices: full of contaminants (heavy metals) and fillers; shelf life -- lost potency, buy fresh, organic
  57. Ketchup: HFCS, other chemicals
  58. Low carb diet: As long as it's the right carbs! Anything "low" is problematic
  59. Low-fat diets: fat phobia fueled the obesity and diabetes epidemics! created nutrient deficiencies of fat-soluble vitaomsins
  60. Low-fat foods: usually full of sugar and/or salt, high GI
  61. Low-sodium foods: usually full of synthetic chemicals to "taste" like salt
  62. Margarine: contains hidden trans fats, canola oil; eat (organic, raw) butter instead
  63. Mayonnaise: contains vegetable oils, trans fats, sugar
  64. Meal replacement bars: full of sugar!
  65. Microwave popcorn: be careful, especially the popcorn with the fake butter!
  66. Milk: cow's milk is full of antibiotics, growth hormones -- save your children!
  67. Milk, 2%: sounds healthy but it's still cow's milk, full of saturated fat, hormones
  68. Milk, Skim: It's still cow's milk!
  69. Medications: aren't food, but, they're marketed to us as "good for us", There's a drug commercial on TV every 5 seconds!
  70. Multigrain foods: cereals, crackers, breads may not be "whole grain"
  71. Nonfat yogurt: full of sugar and artifical sweeteners ...
  72. Nuts: are healthy, but, not if they're roasted or covered with salt, chocolate or sugar!
  73. Oatmeal: yeah, I know -- everyone is shocked by that one; replace with vegetables esp. if you're diabetic, otherwise use steel-cut oats
  74. Olive oil: Fakes use hazelnut, soy, other oil! Get first-pressed, buttery, rich, luxuriant taste, minimal 'peppery' taste, dark bottle, store in dark
  75. Organic juice: organic? in a bottle? yeah, right -- it's pasteurized!
  76. Organic peanut butter: may still contain trans fats, palm oil, etc. Just because it says "organic" on the label doesn't really mean anything unless it's certified organic USDA label.
  77. Palm oil: is healthy when unprocessed, but, most palm oil is used in processed foods, where the oil is harmful and contains trans fats. Look out for foods like peanut butter that use palm oil.
  78. Pasta Primavera: butter, cream, pasta cancel out veggies
  79. Pasta Salad: pasta is primarily refined flour: high GI
  80. Peanuts: overly-processed, excess salt, roasted, loaded with Omega-6 fats
  81. Peanut butter: full of sodium, trans fats and HFCS -- try almond butter
  82. Plant sterols: avoid foods with plant sterols, may damage health, heart, cells
  83. Popcorn: as long as you avoid the man-made butter!
  84. Potato chips, crackers (non-fried): made with refined grain or starches plus other chemicals; try Terra Chips (made with sliced vegetables), or Tortilla chips and SunChips (a 100% whole grain chip fried in olive oil).
  85. Potatoes: root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides -- get organic
  86. Potatoes, sweet: don't add the excess butter, sugar, cream!
  87. Potatoes, white: avoid, unless you eat with the skin and organic
  88. Protein bars, shakes: full of HFCS, PHO, other chemicals
  89. Protein powder: mostly synthetic, full of chemicals
  90. Rice cakes: they have a bland taste nasty, so they must be healthy, right? -- No! High GI! Sodium! HFCS!
  91. Tilapia: used to be a good fish, now overly-farmed -- contains antibiotics, vaccines, other chemicals -- avoid like the plague!
  92. Salad, Caesar: avoid fatty dressings, cheese; use mixed greens, low-fat dressing
  93. Salads: remove the croutons, pasta, limit the cheese, salad dressing
  94. Salad dressing: HFCS, saturated fat, artificial additives; make your own!
  95. Seaweed: Be careful -- some seaweed is known to loaded with heavy metals and other pollutants from the ocean floor.
  96. Seven-grain bread: read the label -- usually flour is the first ingredient
  97. Smoothies: sold by Burger King, McDonald's and other fast food places are full of fat, sugar, syrup, food dyes, other food chemicals, and fake fruit!
  98. Soup: is healthy if you make it yourself; avoid canned soups like Campbell's chicken noodle soup which is full of MSG and other chemicals.
  99. Soy: yeah, we Americanized a good thing from the Asians, eat only fermented. Soy is one of the primary reasons for so many thyroid issues.
  100. Soybeans: GMO, phytic acid, carcinogenic nitrosamines
  101. Soybean oil: causes thyroid problems. Includes products containing soybean derivatives, and soy cooking oil. The absolute worst soy product is mayonnaise, because it is "cold pasteurized" (saturated with radiation).
  102. Soy milk: too much sugar
  103. Soy protein: unless it contains genestein and daidzein
  104. Splenda: it's artificial! use a natural sugar, i.e. stevia, xylitol
  105. Subway sandwiches: its bread contains chemicals like azodicarbonamide, which is banned in Europe, causes asthma and other health problems; used in foam plastics. Their chicken contains soy and MSG (neurotoxin). Their banana peppers contain petroleum in the form of yellow #5 artificial dyes to ensure that the peppers do not change color during months (or years) of storage.
  106. Sugar-free food: but artificial everything else, hidden sugar, look for --ose
  107. Sushi rolls: cream cheese, mayo, seafood tempura-battered, soy sauce: Na)
  108. Tea: avoid milk which deactivates catechins; also, avoid chlorinated tap water!
  109. Tilapia fish: overly-farmed -- contains antibiotics, vaccines, other chemicals -- avoid like the plague!
  110. Tofu: excess sodium, saturated fat, sugar, decadent sauces,deep-fried
  111. Tomatoes: avoid canned tomatoes
  112. Toothpaste: contains sulfates, abrasives, detergents, fluoride; use bicarbonate of soda or an herbal-based powder
  113. Tuna: Albacore tuna has more mercury than light tuna because the albacore are larger and longer-lived
  114. Tuna Melt: excess fat, cheese, extras
  115. Turkey burger: excess fat, cheese, other toppings; replace with tuna burger
  116. Turkey hot dogs: full of nitrates, antibiotics, growth hormones, other chemicals
  117. Tylenol: run the other way and save your liver!
  118. Vegetable oil: overly-processed, unstable; causes thyroid and other hormone problems
  119. Veggie burgers: excess cheese, refined flour
  120. Veggie stick: coated with flour and salt
  121. Vitamin pills: i.e. One-A-Day, Centrum -- they're just "rocks" of synthetic minerals
  122. Vitamins (Prenatal): mostly synthetic, may contain traces of heavy metals
  123. Vitamin water: contains synthetic vitamins
  124. Water: avoid tap water, full of chemicals, toxins, bacteria, etc. -- get a good filter!
  125. Wheat bread : yeah, not as healthy as we thought
  126. Whole grain bread: read the label -- usually mostly flour, may have PHO
  127. Whole grain muffin: usually mostly flour
  128. Whole wheat bread: not that whole -- mostly refined flour
  129. Wraps: excess fat, cheese, mayo, flour
  130. Yogurt: tastes nasty so you would think it must be healthy
  131. Yogurt cups: excess sugar, dead bacteria
  132. Yogurt drinks: taste better, but full of sugar!

Note: If you can avoid corn, wheat, cereal and soy products, and foods with flour, sugar, PHO, HFCS -- that's about 75% of the unhealthy foods.

Foods That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a processed sweetener and food preservative made from cornstarch that is linked to obesity and diabetes. Here is a list of foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Baked Goods, Baking and Cooking Ingredients, Breads, Pastries

Many baked goods, including English muffins, rolls and white and whole wheat bread contain high fructose corn syrup. The syrup helps baked good achieve a brown crust and retain moisture. Examples: Corn Flake Crumbs, i.e. Kellogg Cookie Crumbs, i.e. Nabisco Oreo; Shake n Bake; Stove Top Stuffing. Bread examples: Brownberry Breads, Pepperidge Farm's line of 100% whole grain breads, Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread., Thomas English Muffins, Wonderbread. Pastry examples: Nabisco Pie Crust, Jello No-Bake, Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry sheets.

Tomato-based Sauces, Other Sauces

Pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, ketchup and barbecue sauces typically contain high fructose corn syrup, which is used to balance the tart tomatoes and bring out the flavors of spices. Examples: Contadina Tomato Paste, A1 Steak Sauce Marinade, Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce, Jim Beam Steak Sauce, Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Penn State Nittany Lions Lime Grilling Sauce, Pork Rubbers Original Competition BBQ Sauce, Tuttorosso , Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.

Soft Drinks, Other Beverages

Soft drinks use high amounts of the syrup as a source of intense sweetness. It also helps stabilize flavors over the long shelf-life of the drinks. Diet soft drinks do not usually contain the syrup. Examples: A&W Root Beer, Capri-Sun Iced Tea, Chocolate Milk, Natural Soda (all flavors), Tonic Water, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite, Pink Lemonade, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice, Snapple, Starbucks' Frappuccino, Tropicana OrangeAde, Tropicana Smoothies, Village Lemonade


Most breakfast cereals, particularly sweetened ones, contain high fructose corn syrup. Cereals aimed at adults also often contain the syrup even if they don't taste especially sugary. Examples: Kellogg's Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, All-Bran, Oat Bran Flakes, Raisin Bran, Special K

Fruit Drinks

Fruit drinks often contain high levels of the syrup. It is used bottled juices, drink pouches and in frozen concentrates. High fructose corn syrup has a lower freezing temperature than other sweeteners, and that makes thawing faster.

Processed Foods

Processed foods such as lunch meats, dinner sausage, macaroni and cheese, boxed meals, packaged lunch meals and other processed foods contain the syrup because it is inexpensive and provides a long shelf life. Examples: Breakfast Pastries, i.e. Eggo® Pancakes Buttermilk, Waf-Fulls; B&M Original Baked Beans, Mott's Applesauce; Oscar Meyer Pickle and Pimento Loaf; Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese , Oscar Mayer Lunchables.


Campbell's Vegetable soup (in microwaveable bowl).

Condiments, Salad Dressings

In an effort reduce calories from oil, many salad-dressing manufactures add high fructose corn syrup instead. Low-fat and low-calorie dressings tend to have higher levels of the syrup than dressings that are made with olive or another kind of oil. Examples: Emeril's Italian Vinegrette, Kraft Salad Dressing, Claussen Pickle Relish, Heinz Pickle Relish, Miracle Whip Salad Dressing, Wishbone Dressing; Heinz 57 Sauce, Ketchup; Hunt's Catsup.


Many yogurt brands contain the sweetener. Even flavors or yogurt lines that are called "all natural" and "organic" contain high fructose corn syrup.

Cough Syrups

Many liquid cough suppressants and expectorants contain high fructose corn syrup. Flavored varieties designed to taste better for children tend to have higher amounts of the sweetener.

e.g. Delsym 12 Hour Cough Suppressant for Children, Children's Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops, Robitussin Infant Cough DM, Robitussin DM Cough Relief Infant Drops, Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold Formula, Robitussin Cough & Congestion, Robitussin Honey Cough Natural Cough Drops, Vicks NyQuil, Vicks Formula 44

Candy Bars

Hershey, Lifesavers, Optimum Opti-Pro Meal Lite Bar, PowerBar

Cookies and Cakes

Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, Nabsico Chips Ahoy, Fig Newtons, Graham Crackers, Lorna Dornes, Oreo Cookies, Nutri-Grain Muffin Bars, Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, Nutri-Grain Chewy Granola Bars, Nutri-Grain Minis Yogurt Icing , Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars, Grandma's Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies


Kraft Cheese Nips, Nabisco Wheat Thins, Nabisco Ritz Bits, Nabisco Ritz Crackers


Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings, Breyer's Yogurt Fruit on the Bottom, Cool Whip, Knudsen - Cottage Double, Yoplait Yogurts; Ice Creams: Ben & Jerry's, Dreyer's

Drink Mixers

Saratoga Salsa Bloody Mare Mix, El Paso Chili Key Lime Margarita Mix

Jams, Jellies, and Syrups

Eggo Syrup, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Knott's Boysenberry preserves, Smucker's Grape Jelly

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

People have been using artificial sweeteners for decades. Some react poorly, some don’t — the problem is, you never know until you’re already sick. Scientists are calling Splenda a mild mutagen, based on how much is absorbed.

Basically, artificial sweeteners confuse your brain. The enzymes in your mouth begin a cascade that primes your cell receptors for an insulin surge, and when it doesn’t arrive your brain feels cheated. That’s why most diet sodas are loaded with caffeine — so you’ll still feel a jolt.

But even if your brain is distracted momentarily, soon enough it wants the energy boost you promised it — and you find yourself craving carbohydrates.

The Diet Fallacy

The belief that artificially sweetened foods and drinks will help you to lose weight is well-marketed on television and the Intenrnet.

Unfortunately, these diet foods and drinks can cause major hormonal and biochemical imbalances that cause cravings and can lead to weight gain, obesity, and even Type 2 diabetes!

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar. 

If you had to choose between sugar and any artificial sweetener, we recommend that you choose sugar, since artificial sweeteners are even more dangerous to your health than sugar. However, the good news is that you don't have to choose sugar -- you can choose natural sweeteners such as stevia and xylitol.

The Health Dangers of Splenda

The web site lists a variety of consumer complaints about Splenda, including:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood sugar increases
  • Weight gain

Please Note: Some people don't have any physical side effects from consuming artificial sweeteners, but, that doesn't mean that the sweetener isn't causing harm to your body at the molecular level!

Chemical Structure of Splenda

While some industry experts claim the Splenda molecule is similar to table salt or sugar, other independent researchers say it has more in common with pesticides. That’s because the bonds holding the carbon and chlorine atoms together are more characteristic of a chlorocarbon than a salt — and most pesticides are chlorocarbons.

Sucralose is in fact a synthetic chemical that starts off as a sugar molecule. Then, in a five-step patented process of making sucralose, three chlorine molecules are added to a sucrose (sugar) molecule. The chemical process to make sucralose alters the chemical composition of the sugar so much that it is somehow converted to a fructo-galactose molecule.

This type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature, and therefore your body does not possess the ability to properly metabolize it. Consequently, an average of 15 percent of sucralose is absorbed into your digestive system and fat cells!

Aspartame and Saccharin

Aspartame, the main ingredient in Equal and NutraSweet, is responsible for the most serious cases of poisoning, because the body actually digests it. Aspartame should be avoided by most women, but particularly in those with neuropsychiatric concerns.

Recent studies in Europe show that aspartame use can result in an accumulation of formaldehyde in the brain, which can damage your central nervous system and immune system and cause genetic trauma. The FDA admits this is true, but claims the amount is low enough in most that it shouldn’t raise concern. I think any amount of formaldehyde in your brain is too much.

Aspartame has been linked with MS, lupus, fibromyalgia and other central nervous disorders. Possible side effects of aspartame include headaches, migraines, panic attacks, dizziness, irritability, nausea, intestinal discomfort, skin rash, and nervousness. Some researchers have linked aspartame with depression and manic episodes. It may also contribute to male infertility.

Saccharin, the first widely available chemical sweetener, is hardly mentioned any more. NutraSweet took its place in almost every diet soda, but saccharin is still an ingredient in some prepared foods, gum, and over-the-counter medicines.

Most researchers agree that in sufficient doses, saccharin is carcinogenic in humans. The question is, how do you know how much artificial sweeteners your individual body can tolerate?

Foods That Contain Splenda

Splenda, also known as sucralose, is 600 times sweeter than regular table sugar. It can be found in baked goods, ice cream, diet products, and so-called "diabetic-friendly" (There's no such thing!) foods/drinks.

In addition, Splenda can be found in  sweet snack foods, syrups, jellies, chewing gum, beverages, sodas, dairy foods, processed fruits, jams and jellies, sugar-free drinks and nutrition bars.

Next Steps to Start Reversing Your Diabetes Today

From the Ex-DiabeticAuthor: If you're ready to get started with reversing your diabetes and you're a first-time client, I recommend that you start with my Death to Diabetes paperback book or ebook.

If you want to accelerate your body's cell repair and healing processes, then, I also recommend my Power of Raw Juicing and Smoothies ebook or Raw Food Diet ebook

If you want a lot of balanced diabetic recipes for meals, snacks, appetizers and desserts, then, I recommend my Diabetes Cookbook.

If you want to get a jumpstart and reduce the toxic load in your cells, especially if you've been eating a lot of "dead" foods,  then, I recommend that you use my Cleanse and Detox ebook.


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