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Here's Why You Shouldn't Eat Foods With MSG. By Michelle Schoffro Cook MSG by any other name would still be just as harmful. When most people hear the name monosodium glutamate or MSG, they assume this chemical food additive is only found in Chinese food. While it is true that this chemical flavor tends to be used in many Chinese food restaurants, this brain and nervous system toxin masquerades under many different guises and is found in a huge number of common foods. Monosodium glutamate has been linked to many serious health conditions, including: hormonal imbalances, weight gain, brain damage, obesity, headaches and more, you may be shocked to learn how prevalent it is. MSG is almost always found in processed, prepared and packaged foods. What's even more shocking than MSG's seemingly ubiquitous nature is how the additive affects the brain.

Many people react within 48 hours of ingesting MSG, even in minute amounts, which can make it difficult to trace back to the food source that caused the reaction. According to Dr. Aspartame: Five Surprising Facts You Never Knew About This Chemical Sweetener. You’ve surely heard of aspartame. In our restaurants and in our homes, it’s a controversial ingredient that some shrug their shoulders at, others angrily defend, and many wholeheartedly oppose. In America’s war against obesity, consumers have become more than just health conscious; they are demanding low calorie alternatives to their favourite foods to ensure they don’t pack on the pounds even when choosing to indulge. The market’s desire for these products has grown exponentially, making it more and more acceptable for restaurants and brands to offer lower calorie meal and drink options, and for people to take advantage of them, too.

Aspartame is one of the biggest artificial sweeteners on the ingredients list of diet drinks and sugar packets like NutraSweet and Equal to allow people to essentially have their cake and eat it too. The biggest hurdle that seems to keep people from understanding aspartame is the FDA’s approval of it as a safe sugar alternative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Why You Should Avoid Splenda. There are many of us who indulge in artificial sweeteners once in a while—a can of diet soda now and then, perhaps a “guiltless” binge of sugar-free pudding packs—even though we know they may not be so great for us. But, hey, neither is sugar, so how bad can Splenda be? The scientific community has been in favor of or officially “inconclusive,” on sucralose, aka Splenda, for years, even amid the growing anti-artificial chatter.

The American Heart Association even stated in 2011 that, with moderate use, artificial sweeteners could assist with weight loss and have a positive effect on the metabolism. However, recent research has caused some of the scientific community to officially turn their backs on Splenda. What caused the CSPI to downgrade Splenda from “caution” to “avoid?” While the quantities of sucralose studied were comparable to drinking a whopping 10 cans of diet soda every day, small quantities of carcinogens can do damage over the long term as well. What Is the Ketogenic Diet? An Error Occurred Setting Your User Cookie. Consumer Group Warns Against Consuming Splenda. In response to the study, the consumer group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is recommended that people avoid consuming sucralose, more popularly known as Splenda. In the study, 457 male mice and 396 female Swiss mice were given feed containing varying concentrations of sucralose from the 12th day of gestation until death.

When just 6.7% of the mice remained alive, after the rest had reached their natural lifespan, the remaining mice were euthanized and the organs were collected for analysis. The researchers found a significant dose-related incidence of malignant tumors and hematopoietic neoplasias in male mice, particularly at 2,000 and 16,000 ppm. The team acknowledges that the reason for the increase in malignant tumors cold be attributable to the 20% decrease in mean body weight in both sexes of the mice that were given the highest levels of sucralose. Furthermore, they acknowledged that sucralose is able to alter gut microbes. Splenda: Is It Good or Bad for You? Spoon Full of Sugar Isolated on White BackgroundPhoto Credit: MidoSemsem Added sugar can have terrible effects on your metabolism and overall health.

For this reason, many people turn to artificial sweeteners like sucralose (Splenda). However, while authorities claim that sucralose is safe to eat, some studies have linked it to health problems. This article takes an objective look at sucralose and its health effects, both good and bad. I. Sucralose is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, and Splenda is the most common sucralose-based product. Sucralose is made from sugar, in a multi-step chemical process where 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms. It was discovered in 1976, when a scientist at a British college misheard instructions about testing a substance. Splenda products were then jointly developed by the companies Tate & Lyle and Johnson & Johnson. Splenda is commonly used as a sugar substitute in both cooking and baking. II. III. IV. V. V!. V! The End Of Diet Soda? Huge Study Links Aspartame to These Major Health Problems.

Arjun Walia, Collective EvolutionWaking Times One of the largest studies of its kind recently examined the link between diet drinks and cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke in healthy, postmenopausal women. The research took place at the University of Iowa, and the findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C. 60,000 women participated in the study, and it found that women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day are 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, and 50 percent more likely to die from a related disease.

(source) These are huge numbers, even if you are thinking correlation does not mean causation. “This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome.” – Dr. Research On Aspartame Sources: About the Author Fluorine-Based Toxins Accumulate In The Body & Cause Multiple Health Problems. When you bake muffins in a non-stick tin, do you think about how the non-stick coating is going to affect your health? There has been enough publicity around damaged Teflon that some reading this will likely think about the harm that can come from chipped non-stick coating.

After all, who wants to eat that stuff? But I still doubt that most people think about the health consequences of the vapors that are being emitted from the heated non-stick pan or the chemicals that are being leached into their muffins while they bake them. Do you think about the vapors coming up from carpet-covered in-floor heating? Do you think about the health consequences of the particularly slippery dental floss that has become so popular? Do you think about how non-clump kitty litter may affect the health of your children? Do you think about how water-repellant packaging chemicals seep into the food they cover? Most people don’t think about those things. Corporate and Regulatory Culprits Pharmaceuticals Sources: New Study Links Aspartame To Metabolic Disease & Digestive Tract Abnormalities. We're creating viewer supported news. Become a member!

It remains fairly common for people to believe they are choosing the ‘healthier’ option when reaching for a diet soda instead of the regular one, but research has been surfacing over the past few years which suggests consuming artificial sweeteners might not be the best idea either. Of course, this does not mean that we should return to regular sodas instead, as the amount of sugar found in these drinks is literally deadly; sugar represents a major contributing factor in the prevalence of multiple chronic diseases which continue to plague the Western population. Non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) are the most widely used food additives in the world, and they are considered safe despite the concerns that have been raised by multiple studies.

You can access the study here. So many studies use animals to conduct their research in spite of the fact that this isn’t always necessary, and often quite cruel. The End Of Diet Soda? Biochemical responses and mitochondrial mediated activation of apoptosis on long-term effect of aspartame in rat brain. Highlights Aspartame administration alters the functional activity in the brain by elevating the antioxidant levels. Chronic aspartame consumption altered the neuronal function and neurodegeneration in brain.

Observed changes may be due to the methanol or its metabolite. Long-term FDA approved daily acceptable intake (40 mg/kg bwt) aspartame administration distorted the brain function and generated apoptosis in brain regions. Abstract Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, is very widely used in many foods and beverages. But there are controversies about its metabolite which is marked for its toxicity. Keywords Free radical; Oxidative stress; Antioxidant; Apoptosis; Aspartame; Mitochondria Introduction Aspartame (l-aspartyl-l-phenylalanine methyl ester) is a low calorie artificial sweetener consumed by 200 million people worldwide. Of all the organs in the body, the CNS takes more than its share of oxidative abuse.

Materials and methods Animals Chemicals Experimental design Aspartame dose Groups. Is Roundup Weedkiller A Brain-Damaging Neurotoxin? Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfoWaking Times A new study reveals a hitherto unknown mechanism behind how the world’s most popular GMO herbicide harms the brain. Remarkably, despite Roundup® herbicide’s widespread approval around the world, the most basic mechanisms through which it exerts toxicity towards non-target animal species (including humans) have yet to be adequately characterized. Concerned about Brazil’s status as the largest global consumer of pesticides since 2008, researchers sought to elucidate toxicologic effects of these agrochemicals in humans. Their new study, published in the journal Toxicology, provides a proposed mechanism for the adverse neurological effects of Roundup® (a glyphosate-based herbicide).

It is has been observed that agrochemical exposure can lead to, or accelerate, neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The summarization of their results, looking at the effects of both acute and chronic exposure, were reported as follows: Diet Sodas May Contribute to Weight Gain and Diabetes Risk, Data Suggest. More bad news, diet soda drinkers: data presented recently at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Scientific Sessions suggest that diet drinks may actually contribute to weight gain and that the artificial sweeteners in them could potentially contribute Type 2 diabetes.

In one study, researchers from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, looked at aggregate data from 474 older adults in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, or SALSA. At the time of enrollment and at three follow-up exams thereafter, all participants reported their diet soda intake and were measured for height, weight and waist circumference. The researchers wanted to track any association between diet soda drinking and body fat over time. What they found was that all participants saw their waistlines expand, but those who reported drinking diet soda had 70% greater increases in waistline growth than non-drinkers 9.5 years later. Concerning Study: High-Fructose Corn Syrup More Toxic than Sugar, Reduces Lifespan. MIKE BARRETT | Naturalsociety | Jan 6th 2014 The commonly used ingredient high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been linked to numerous health issues, leading countless individuals to shun any products containing the ingredient.

Well new research shows that this is in fact the right move, finding that consuming high fructose corn syrup in ‘normal’ quantities is more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, leading to a reduced lifespan and hampered reproduction. The study showed that when fed a diet containing 25% of calories from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates found in corn syrup, female mice died at a rate 1.87 times higher than female mice on a diet in which 25% of calories came from sucrose (table sugar).

What’s more, the mice on the fructose-glucose diet produced about 26% fewer offspring. Potts says the debate over the relative dangers of fructose and sucrose is important because: But this may not even be the most concerning news regarding the ingredient. More from Naturalsociety. Rumsfeld & Monsanto Team Up to Bring You Neuro-Toxic Aspartame & Splenda.

Christina Sarich, Natural SocietyWaking Times As we get closer to the holidays, many people look for ways to cut back on sugar and other indulgences so that when the New Year rolls around, they won’t have to work so hard to lose those extra pounds. While it is a good idea to avoid sugar altogether, using the artificial sweeteners Splenda or Aspartame might be even worse. There are numerous reasons you should avoid the stuff in little yellow packages (or pink, or blue). Here is why. Donald Rumsfeld, the very same politician who supports GMOs, is perhaps the singular man who got Splenda onto the market after the FDA initially refused it. Perhaps you remember when the Coca-Cola company launched its ad campaign to fight obesity back in the early 80s? Before they started selling you Splenda, it was called NutraSweet. Let’s look at a little timeline, shall we?

Check out this video for more information. Dr. The sugar substitute was approved for use in foods as a sweetener in 1998. Forbes. Advantame – A “New & Improved” Artificial Sweetener. Deane Alban, GuestWaking Times Artificial sweeteners have always been bad news for your brain. They are highly suspected of causing many serious brain health problems including memory loss, brain tumors, and Alzheimer’s. Ironically, they aren’t making us any thinner, either! The US Food & Drug Administration recently announced their approval of a new artificial sweetener – Advantame. Let’s take a look at what is known about this new “high intensity” sweetener. Advantame “Benefits” Advantame is the brainchild of the Ajinomoto Group.

This Japanese company produces most of the world’s MSG and is also the major supplier of aspartame, both known neurotoxins. They thought they could improve on aspartame. Here are the reported “benefits” of Advantame: It’s 20,000 times sweeter than sugar. “High-intensity” (not “artificial” sweetener) is now the preferred industry term. Data courtesy of It does not break down when exposed to high heat. Study Results Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right Aspartame. 12 Foods Most People Don't Know Are Dyed or Adulterated. Karen Foster, Prevent DiseaseWaking Times Orange cheddar cheese comes to mind as one of many foods people don’t realize is dyed. While some food coloring and adulterations are less harmful than others, many exist as toxic threats in the food supply. Almost any food you buy that is not its natural color has the potential of being adulterated, even if purchased from a reputable grocery retailer. Food fraud was recently defined in a report funded by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (University of Minnesota) as a collective term that encompasses the deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain.

To my knowledge there are no cows that produce orange milk. Solution: Stick to white cheddar. Olive oil is one of the most adulterated foods on Earth. Turmeric powder is added to many foods to enhance yellow tints and colors. Solution: Top US Brand of Children's Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs, & Other Hazardous Chemicals. 20 Established Uses For Coke Proves It Does Not Belong In The Human Body. Researchers Links MSG to Weight Gain, Obesity. Splenda’s Many Secrets: Gut Flora Destruction, Side Effects.